CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams will have a total of 29 competitors and 3 relays entered in the NCAA East Preliminary Championships. The four-day meet will take place on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. Wednesday (May 22) through Saturday (May25).

The Cavalier men will have 15 competitors entered in the competition. Their events will take place Wednesday (May 22) and Friday (May 24). Virginia’s highest-seeded competitors include: Will Anthony (4th, 10,000m), Shane Cohen (10th, 800m), John Fay (7th, Hammer), Jacob Lemmon (8th, Discus), Nate Mountain (1st, 3000m Steeplechase), Gary Martin (3rd, 1500m), Wes Porter (8th, 1500m) and Yasin Sado (4th, 3000m Steeplechase).

The Cavalier women will have 14 individuals entered in 11 events as well as both the 4×100 and 4×400 meter relay teams. Their events will take place Thursday (May 23) and Saturday (May 25). Virginia’s highest-seeded competitors are: Margot Appleton (3rd, 5000m) and Sam Romano (5th, Pole Vault).

The top 12 competitors from each individual event and the top 12 teams from each relay event advance from each first round to compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships held on June 5-8 in Eugene, Oregon.

Complete List of Virginia Qualifiers


Name Event Seed  Time/Mark
Sarah Akpan 100m 39 11.41
200m 36 23.40
Maggie Hock 800m 33 2:05.40
Alahna Sabbakhan 800m 34 2:05.45
Esther Seeland 1500m 15 4:12.64
Anna Workman 1500m 16 4:12.73
Caroline Timm 1500m 26 4:14.96
Margot Appleton 5000m 3 15:18.21
Emily Alexandru 400m Hurdles 39 58.90
Celia Rifaterra High Jump 13 1.79m/5-10.5
Carly Tarentino High Jump 21 1.78m/5-10
Samantha Romano Pole Vault 5 4.34m/14-2.75
Mahkaia Lee Long Jump 29 6.21m/20-4.5
Janae Profit Shot Put 24 16.11m/52-10.25
Brooke Lumpkin Shot Put 43 15.38m/50-5.5
Janae Profit Discus 33 51.79m/169-11
Virginia 4x100m 23 44.32
Virginia 4x400m 20 3:36.49


Name Event Seed Time/Mark
Shane Cohen 800m 10 1:46.89
Alex Leath 800m 25 1:47.77
Gary Martin 1500m 3 3:37.66
Wes Porter 1500m 8 3:39.54
James Donahue 1500m 12 3:40.27
Conor Murphy 1500m 26 3:40.88
Justin Wachtel 5000m 41 13:49.71
Will Anthony 10,000m 4 28:21.93
Alex Sherman 400m Hurdles 14 50.34
Nate Mountain 3000m Steeplechase 1 8:20.68
Yasin Sado 3000m Steeplechase 4 8:30.78
Justin Rogers Pole Vault 37 5.17m/16-11.5
Jacob Lemmon Discus 8 60.50m/198-6
John Fay Hammer 7 68.41m/224-5
Tyler Zawatski Javelin 47 62.89m/206-4