The Virginia males’s and girls’s monitor groups welcomed the boys’s and girls’s groups from Bucknell, in addition to the ladies’s staff from Delaware, to Lannigan Subject for the U.Va. Opener Meet.
The Cavaliers began sturdy within the area occasions behind the efficiency of redshirt freshman Claudio Romero, who took prime honors within the shot put (18.47 meters, 60’7.25”) in addition to the discus (58.54 meters, 192’1”). He now ranks fifth on Virginia’s all-time efficiency listing within the shot put and fourth on the all-time listing for the discus.
Redshirt freshman Jacob Lemmon additionally put his title within the books for the Cavaliers with a first-place end within the hammer throw. He earned a prime mark of 66.15 meters (217’0”), putting him at third on the varsity’s all-time efficiency listing.
Different spectacular performances by the Virginia males within the area occasions included a victory within the pole vault by senior Sam Younger, a win within the triple bounce by junior Ayende Watson and a protracted bounce win by senior Brenton Foster — the 2019 ACC Indoor Champion within the excessive bounce.
As a result of cancellation of the 2020 out of doors season, this was the primary residence occasion in any operating sport for Vin Lananna, director of monitor and area and cross nation and affiliate athletics director for administration. He was extremely proud of Virginia’s efficiency as a staff.
“We had some really excellent performances and I felt it was an effective way to begin the season,” Lananna mentioned. “It’s early, and we’ve acquired numerous work to do, however I used to be more than happy with the best way our staff competed at this time. It was additionally my first meet at U.Va., so I realized loads at this time. It was nice to have monitor and area again on Grounds at this time.”
The ladies gave sturdy performances within the area occasions as effectively. Senior Khyasia Caldwell secured a victory in each the lengthy bounce and the triple bounce. The Cavalier girls swept the throws with victories by junior Thelma Kristjansdottir within the discus and senior Eva Mustafic within the hammer throw. The sweep was accomplished with the very spectacular debut of freshman Maria Deaviz within the shot put. She set a freshman faculty document with a profitable throw of 16.15 meters (53’0”), which additionally places her at fourth on Virginia’s all-time listing.
Lastly, junior Rebecca Hawkins took the excessive bounce title with a prime mark of 1.73 meters (5’8”), and sophomore Maya Maloney gained the pole vault with a clearance of three.95 meters (12’11.5”). Maloney’s top places her at third on the varsity’s all-time listing.
On the monitor, sophomore Jada Seaman gained the 400-meter sprint with a time of 55.48. She enters the out of doors season recent off incomes second-team All-America honors within the lengthy bounce on the NCAA Indoor Championships. Equally, graduate pupil Anna Jefferson secured victories in each the 100-meter sprint and the 200-meter sprint.
Senior Kiera Bothwell and graduate pupil Andrenette Knight each earned private bests of their respective occasions. Bothwell gained the 3000m steeplechase with a private finest time of 10:22.28, and Knight took prime honors within the 100-meter hurdles with a private better of 13.94.
Graduate pupil Michaela Meyer, a switch from Delaware, competed in opposition to her former teammates in her debut out of doors meet as a Cavalier and gained each the 800-meter run and the 1500-meter run. Her 800-meter time of two:06.20 places her at sixth on the Cavaliers’ all-time listing, whereas her 1500-meter time of 4:20.30 ranks her at tenth.
As for the boys on the monitor, Virginia was led by senior Brandon Outlaw, senior Jordan Willis and freshman Jay Pendarvis. Outlaw was victorious within the 100-meter sprint with a time of 10.65, whereas Willis completed first within the 200-meter sprint, crossing the end line in 21.14 seconds. Pendarvis opened his out of doors profession with the Cavaliers by profitable the 400-meter sprint in 48.41 seconds.
Sophomore Davis Younger gained the 800-meter run with a private finest time of 1:56.50, whereas freshman Conor Murphy gained the 1500-meter run in 3:48.88. Freshman Jeremiah Wilson additionally opened his out of doors marketing campaign with a win within the 110-meter hurdles.
The Virginia women and men additionally bookended the meet with victories within the 4×100 and 4×400 relays to open and shut the day.
Subsequent up, the Cavaliers will look to proceed their profitable momentum at NC State for the Raleigh Relays subsequent weekend, March 25-27.