BLACKSBURG, Va. — The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams wrapped up competition on day two of the Hokie Invitational on Saturday (Jan. 20) at Rector Field House. Taking home event victories in the women’s high jump and 400 meters, the Cavaliers finished off a strong weekend for the Virginia program.  

Rifaterra Raises the bar 

  • Celia Rifaterra put on a show in the women’s high jump, clearing 1.84 meters (6’ .5”) to take the win and cement herself in the history books. Her jump secured second place in the all-time performance list for indoor high jump.  
  • Carly Tarentino met her personal best with a jump of 1.75 meters (5’ 8.75”), earning second place in the competition.  

Sherman Leads 400-Meter Sprinters 

  • The men put on a strong showing in the 400 meters, with a win from Alex Sherman in 48.53 seconds. Evans White took third while Jaden Lyons took fifth, representing the Cavaliers well in the sprints. 
  • Both Ariel Fletcher and Brooke’Lyn Drakeford set personal bests in the indoor 400 meters, placing fifth and sixth respectively. 
  • Women’s 4×400 meters sets a season-best of 3:46.26, taking fourth place.  
  • The men placed second, splitting 3:16.84 and wrapping up the Hokie Invitational 

Triple Jumpers Set Personal Bests 

  • Leaping to a mark 12.87 meters (42’ 2.75”), Jordan Hardy took second place in the women’s triple jump and set an indoor-personal best. 
  • Heldi Valikaj took sixth, furthering his triple-jump personal best by .14 meters from the Hokie Invitational in 2023. 
  • Justin Rogers vaulted to a season-best of 5.10 meters (16’ 8.75”), nearing his indoor best of 5.18m (17’ 0”).  

From Director of Track & Field Vin Lananna:
“This week was another great opportunity to build on a good start in the early portion of our season. We saw impressive performances and excellent progress at the Hokie Invitational. As we continue to move forward, I am excited for our program to put all of the pieces together and compete as a team next week at the Penn State National Open.” 

Up Next
The Cavaliers will be back on the track next week when the team travels to State College, Pa. to compete at the Penn State National Open on Friday (Jan. 26) and Saturday (Jan. 27).