Feb. 28, 2014
CLEMSON, S.C. - The Virginia men's and women's track and field teams continued competition at the 2014 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday at the Clemson Indoor Track & Field Complex. The Cavalier men are in ninth place and the women are in 13th place after day two of the three-day meet.
The meet concludes Saturday with field events (shot put, pole vault, triple jump) starting at 11 a.m. and running events (finals of the 60m, 200m, 400m, 800m, mile, 3000m and the 4x400m relay) starting at noon. ESPN3 will provide coverage of Saturday's action beginning at noon.
MEN'S DAY TWO RECAP
The Cavaliers are in ninth place after six events with seven points. Duke (44 pts) leads after Friday's events with Florida State and North Carolina (40 pts) tied for second, followed by Notre Dame (32) and NC State (26).
"This meet is very competitive with the addition of the three best teams from the Big East," said head coach Bryan Fetzer. "In great championship meets, you can run some lifetime bests and it still isn't enough to score points. That happened to us today. We still have the lion's share of our potential points out there. There are a lot of opportunities for our team to score points and we are excited for tomorrow."
Thomas Porter (Fredericksburg, Va.) led a strong Cavalier performance in the men's 5000m, finishing seventh with a time of 14:12.34, the fifth fastest time in school history. Connor Rog (Fairfield, Conn.) finished just outside the scoring in ninth place, crossing in a time of 14:15.23, the second-fastest freshman time in school history and the seventh-fastest time overall. Also in the 5000m, Zach Herriott (Kansas City, Mo.) finished second in the unseeded heat with a time of 14:21.43, the eighth best time in school history.
In the heptathlon, Anthony Dunavant (Franklin, Tenn.) placed eighth with 4,970 points. It was the third-best total and school history as he broke his own UVa freshman record, which he had set earlier this month.
Virginia had three athletes advance to Saturday's finals during the men's preliminaries. In the men's 60m hurdles, Drequan Hoskey (Richmond, Va.) ran the second-fastest time in school history, 7.85, to advance to the final. It was the third-fastest time nationally this season by a football player. Although he didn't advance to the 60m hurdles final, Devin Brewer (Dumfries, Va.) ran the 10th-fastest time in school history at 8.18.
Several Cavalier first-years had strong performances in the preliminaries. Mike Marsella (Hope Valley, R.I.) won his heat in the 800m with a time of 1:52.00 to advance to the final. Henry Wynne (Westport, Conn.) ran 4:12.78 in the mile to finish second by .02 seconds and his heat and automatically qualify for the final.
WOMEN'S DAY TWO RECAP
The Cavaliers are in 13th place after six events with six points. Florida State (41 pts) leads after day two, followed by Duke (37), Maryland (33), Miami (20) and NC State (18).
"Jordan Lavender showed just what type of individual she is today and really led our team," said Fetzer. "Our women's team has some inexperienced athletes and it showed today. I would rather have a team of inexperienced talented athletes than an experienced group that lacks talent. There is a lot of potential in this group. Maria Hauger had a great run in the 5000m and Jordan, along with Peyton Chaney and Vicky Fouhy, did a great job of setting themselves up to score for us tomorrow."
Virginia got a sixth place finish in the 5000m from first-year Maria Hauger (Shakopee, Minn.). She finished in a time of 16:22.07, the fifth-fastest time in school history and less than half a second off the school freshman record.
The Cavaliers had four athletes advance to Saturday's finals during Friday's preliminary heats. In the 200m, Virginia has two of the eight finalists with Jordan Lavender (Nashville, Tenn.) posting the second-best time of day at 24.09 and Peyton Chaney (Belleville, Ill.) grabbing the eighth and final place in the finals with a time of 24.67. Lavender also qualified for the final in the 400m, posting the top time in the preliminaries of 53.98. Vicky Fouhy (Buckinghamshire, England) won her heat in the mile in 4:44.76 to automatically advance to the final.
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A 1985 graduate of UVA, White worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch until July 2009. He was honored six times as the state's Sportswriter of the Year.
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