AUSTIN, Texas – The Virginia women’s track and field team finished competition at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday (June 10) as Ashley Anumba and Margot Appleton came away with silver and bronze medals respectively. The team posted its fourth-highest finish in program history.

Appleton Surges for the Bronze
In the 1500-meters, Margot Appleton put together an incredible performance competing in a loaded field of runners. The ACC Champion ran a conservative race early but on her final two laps unleashed a devastating kick to surge into third clocking a time of 4:09.30 – less than a second off her personal best.

  • Appleton becomes the fifth Cavalier to earn All-American honors in program history
  • She is the first to record All-American honors in the event since Morgane Gay accomplished the feat in 2009
  • The sophomore concludes an impressive break-out season with All-American honors in both the 1500 meters and the indoor mile as well as an ACC title in the 1500 meters – She was also All-Southeast region in cross country

Silver and the School Record
In her final meet as a Cavalier, Ashley Anumba rose to the occasion. The standout discus thrower broke the Virginia discus record for the seventh time in her career marking 61.13 meters (200’6”) on fourth attempt of the competition. The result propelled Anumba into second place to finish as the NCAA runner up.

  • Anumba’s school-record throw was only bested by Oregon’s Jorinde Van Klinken, whose throw of 65.55 meters (215’0”) set an NCAA Championships record.
  • With her highest-ever placement at the NCAA Championships, Anumba becomes just the third Cavalier to earn first-team All-American honors in the event

Still Closes out Heptathlon
Alix Still closed out competition in the heptathlon finishing 21st with a total of 4488. The Cavalier veteran equaled a heptathlon-best in the high jump clearing 1.66 meters (5’5.75”) while throwing 11.27 meters in the shot put (36’ 11.75”) and clocking 24.95 seconds in the 200 meters. In the long jump, she cleared 5.70 meters (18’8.5”) before posting a mark of 35.65 meters (116’11”) and running 2:19.13 in the 800 meters.

Team Notes:

  • The Cavaliers’ 14 total points ranks as their fourth-highest total in program history
  • Virginia finished higher than any other ACC team at the NCAA Championships for the first time in program history
  • Virginia’s 17th-place finish is its fourth-highest in the history of the program

From Director of Track & Field Vin Lananna:
“A small group of women competed exceptionally well this week. Those who are graduating have laid the foundation for great success to come and have left us in a very good position. Both teams competed brilliantly in every event, and I think we had some extraordinary things ahead for us. I am looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish in the next few seasons.”