(Photo courtesy of Matt Riley, VirginiaSports.com) Despite the effects of Hurricane Hanna, Virginia’s men’s and women’s cross country teams opened their seasons Saturday morning at Panorama Farms with matching victories. UVA's women were led by PA's Lauretta Dezubay...
Virginia\'s Andrew Dumm led a 1-2-3 finish in the men\'s 5K, running a stunning 14:07, 22 seconds below his previous best mark, to lead a sweep of the medals and to help the Cavalier men finish fourth at the 2006 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Winston-Salem, NC. Dumm\'s time not only qualified him for the Regional meet but also moved him into the No. 5 position all-time in Virginia history. Kevin McHale took home third in both the 800m and the 1500m runs as the men went 3-4-6 in the two-lapper while Andrew Jesien teamed with McHale to go 3-6, giving the Cavalier men 78 points in the five distance events, or 40% of the total points scored.
Virginia\'s Ryan Foster led a 1-3-5 finish in the men\'s 10K as the All-ACC and All-Regional performer won his first individual ACC title with a 30:20.72 effort, helping Virginia to stand in third at the conclusion of the first day of competition at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Teammate Andrew Dumm earned All-ACC honors with his third-place finish, coming in at 30:29.11. Taylor Smith finished fifth overall at 31:18.88, as the Cavaliers were the only school to have more than two scorers in the event. On the women\'s side, Kara Scanlin finished fourth with a 36:04.97, just ahead of teammate Laura Hodges, who ran 36:13.53.
Virginia\'s Tomika Ferguson, the school-record holder in the triple jump, broke her own school record in the NCAA Championships to earn sixth place at the nationals and earn All-American honors. It is the first All-American honor of her career and the first for a Cavalier horizontal jumper since 2003. Ferguson\'s leap bested her own mark by 12 cm (4.75\").
Virginia\'s Tomika Fergsuon, who set the school record in the indoor triple jump en route to a fourth-place finish at the ACC Championships, has been selected to compete at the 2006 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships which will be held at the Randal Tyson Indoor Track at the University of Arkansas on March 10-11.
In a year that marked the first time that both the Virginia men\'s and women\'s cross country teams earn berths to the NCAA Championships, it was perhaps fitting that both teams took home the same place. Both the men and women finished 26th at the meet held in Terre Haute, Indiana. Both squads are populated with underclassmen, with only one fourth year between the two teams and none scoring.
The Virginia men\'s cross country team earned a berth in the 2005 NCAA Cross Country championships as a result of their second place finish at the NCAA Southeast Regional. The bid is the first automatic qualification in school history. Virginia\'s Jan Foerster led the Cavaliers with his fourth place finish in 30:09.5. He earned All Region Honors along with teammates Ryan Foster(11th, 30:26.2), and Andrew Dumm(18th,30:39.8)
Fresh off strong finishes at the NCAA Pre-National meet last weekend, the Virginia men\'s and women\'s cross country teams have both been ranked in the top-20 national polls. The men are 18th in the Mondo Poll while the women are 19th in the FinishLynx Poll which represents the first time in school history that both programs have been in the top-20 at the same time. In addition, Virginia\'s Jan Foerster was named the ACC Cross Country Performer of the Week after leading the Cavaliers to a sixth place finish, including upsetting four teams ranked ahead of UVa.
The Virginia men\'s cross country team has moved into the national rankings following a strong second-place finish at the Great American Cross Country Festival, held Saturday (Sep 24) in Cary, NC. The men are ranked 27th and join the Virginia women\'s team in the national poll this week, who came in at #23.
Randy Bungard, the Director of the Track and Field/Cross Country program at the University of Virginia, has announced the hiring of Brad Hunt as an assistant coach. Hunt will work with Head Cross Country Coach Jason Dunn in the continued development of the middle distance and distance athletes. Hunt joins Virginia after seven years at Kent State, where he served as coach for the middle distance runners and long sprinters as well as an assistant cross country coach.
The Virginia women\'s cross country team is ranked #23 in the latest FinishLynx Poll, as released by the Women\'s Cross Country Coaches\' Association. The Hoos opened the season with a win at the Lou Onesty Invitational at home before taking third at the Great American Cross Country Festival last Saturday (Sep 24), upsetting then-#21 Georgia.
Virginia cross country student-athlete Soeren Lindner was named the men\'s cross country runner of the week, as announced by the conference office today (Sep 12). Lindner finished second overall at the Lou Onesty Invitational on Sep 10, leading Virginia to the team title as the Cavaliers opened up their 2005 season with the meet at Panorama Farms. Lindner ran 24:31.46 en route to the runner-up finish, and was the lead in a Virginia pack that finished 2-3-4-7.
With four scorers returning from the NCAA Regional meet in which the Cavaliers narrowly missed a berth to the NCAA meet, excitement abounds for the Virginia women\'s cross country team as they head into the 2005 season. Three All-Regional performers are back on the roster as the Cavaliers look to return to the NCAA meet, including Emily Harrison, who represented the USA at the North American, Central America, and Caribbean Cross Country Championships after qualifying for the NCAA meet in her first year as a collegiate harrier. The Cavaliers will combine a veteran roster with a solid group of incoming athletes to make their move back into the nation\'s elite. While the Hoos have a veteran core, they are still a young team as the only senior in eligibiility on the squad is Shannon Hawrylo, who earned All-Regional honors in 2004 en route to a breakout season on the track in 2005. Hawrylo qualified for the NCAA regional meet outdoors in May and has used that as a solid base to prepare for the 2005 upcoming season. \"Shannon\'s spring has really set her up well for a great fall this season,\" said Virginia head coach Jason Dunn. Hawrylo\'s classmate Kara Scanlin, a red-shirt junior, is back after losing the last two years to injury, and the Cavaliers hope that she will return to the success of her first year, in which she earned All-ACC and All-Region honors in cross country. Joining these two is classmate Laura Hodges, also a red-shirt junior, who has varisty experience from thhe last two seasons.
The University of Virginia track and field program has announced that seven men and five women have signed letters of intent to participate in the UVa Track and Field program for the 2005-2006 year. Head Coach Randy Bungard commented on the depth and strength of the group: \"Our signing class is filled with many state champions, a national champion, and Penn Relays champions. They have all distinguished themselves at the high school level, and we look forward to their continued development here at Virginia. Overall, it is one of the top classes we have had since my time here.\"
Virginia\'s Inge Jorgensen, a four-time ACC Champion, earned the bronze medal at the 2005 NCAA Track & Field Championships in the javelin, throwing a 51.41m (165\' 2\"), her highest finish in NCAA competition. It is the third time in her career she has earned All-American honors. Teammate Billie Jo Grant, competing in her first year outdoors, also earned All-American honors, throwing a 51.41m (168\' 8\") in the discus, taking ninth overall. It is the first All-American honor for Grant.
University of Virginia track and field athlete Inge Jorgensen won the javelin competition at the NCAA East Regional meet, tossing a 167\' 11\" to take the gold medal and a berth in the NCAA national championships, marking the fourth time she has advanced to the NCAA national championships. Teammate Billie Jo Grant was the runner-up in the discus, throwing a 172\' 5\" to take the silver. McGavock Dunbar also finished in the top five, running a 1:50.18 in the 800m run.
Eighteen University of Virginia track and field student athletes will compete this weekend (May 27-28) at the NCAA East Regional, part of the process of qualifying for the NCAA National Championship. The East Regional is hosted by Manhattan College and held at Icahn Stadium on Randall\'s Island, NY. Leading the Cavalier contingent is four-time ACC Champion and three-time NCAA Nationals qualifier Inge Jorgensen. Jorgensen, who has twice qualified for the US Olympic Trials in the javelin, is currently ranked fourth in the nation among collegiate athletes in her event. She leads the East Region while teammate Annie Bobiak is ranked ninth in the javelin. The Virginia women also feature rookie Billie-Jo Grant in the weight events, as Grant will compete in both the shot put and the discus. Grant already ranks in the top-three all-time at Virginia in both events, and she is ranked 18th in the nation, and third in the East, in the discus, the event she won at the ACC meet.
Virginia\'s Billie Jo Grant and Tomika Ferguson both took home runner-up honors at the prestigious Penn Relays this weekend, held at Frankllin Field at the University of Pennsylvania. Grant finished second in the discus and sixth in the shot put, while Ferguson took home the silver in the triple jump. Erin Crawford won the bronze in the intermediate hurdles, while the women\'s 4x1500m team of Shannon Hawrylo, Emily Harrison, Janine Ricci, and Sara Ensrud finished just outside the medals with a fourth-place finish, coming in at 18:16.63.
Virginia\'s Billie-Jo Grant won the discus competition as her second throw of the day was the longest of the afternoon, and Kellen Blassingame and David Sullivan smashed their own school records to help the Virginia men take fourth at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships which were held in Tallahassee today (April 23). UVa first-year Alex Tatu took home the silver in both the 800 and 1500m runs, just nipping teammate McGavock Dunbar by .05 in the 800 as the Cavaliers finished the competition with 81.5 points, their highest finish in four years. Erin Crawford set the school record in the 400 hurdles en route to the bronze.
Virginia\'s Alex Tatu posted the top qualifying time in the 1500 and also was one of the top qualifiers in the 800 as the Cavalier track and field teams continued action on Friday (April 22) at the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Tallahassee. Tatu finished behind teammate and top qualifier McGavock Dunbar in the 800 as the men had three athletes qualify for the final as Virginia was the only school to have more than one student-athlete in the top eight of the preliminaries. Virginia\'s steeplechasers also finished 3-4 as Soeren Lindner took the bronze and Walt Kingsbery took fourth as the Cavaliers were the only school to place two athletes in the top four of the event.
Virginia Tech had six athletes score points on the second day of the 2005 Atlantic Coast Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Florida State\'s Mike Long Track. Other highlights included six Tech runners qualifying for Saturday\'s finals and several Hokies posting personal record times in the sprint and distance events. Tech\'s six scores today were Sven Hahn, Brian MacPhee, Jennifer Wade, Erin Mahony, Saskia Triesscheijn and Gunild Kreb. Hahn (Jr., Stutggart, Germany) placed third in the men\'s discus out of the 14 finishers with a throw of 178\' (54.25m). Hahn\'s third place finish earned him All-ACC honors and gave Tech six team points. Hahn is still the second-ranked men\'s discus thrower in the NCAA east region and ranks ninth in the nation.
Virginia javelin thrower Inge Jorgensen won her fourth ACC title in the javelin tonight (April 21), leading the Cavaliers to the opening-day lead in the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships which are being held in Tallahassee, Fla. Jorgensen and teammate Annie Bobiak went 1-2 in the event, and Cheryl Carr took seventh in the 10K, giving the Cavaliers 20 points, putting them four ahead of UNC. The Virginia men are in sixth with 13 points.
The men and women teams will travel to Tallahassee this weekend to compete in the ACC Outdoor Championships. The Cavaliers feature four men who have qualified for regionals and five women who have also qualified for the meet. Billie Jo Grant is the only Virginia athlete who has qualified in two events (discus and shot put) while of the nine, Kellen Blassingame and David Sullivan have both set school records in their respective events.
Virginia triple jumper Tomika Ferguson had a banner day at her home meet, setting the school record in the triple jump with a leap of 13.08m (42\' 11\"), and also setting a personal-best time in the 100m dash. Ferguson finished first in the triple, third in the long jump, and sixth in the 100m, and she bettered her qualifying distance in the triple for the NCAA Regional meet. Joining her at the regional meet will be Shannon Hawrylo, who set a personal record with a 2:09.60 in the 800, McGavock Dunbar, who also qualified in the 800 with a 1:50.32; and Isi Azeke, who qualified with his 14.31 in the high hurdles.
This weekend, the Cavaliers will host the Lou Onesty/Milton Abramson meet, held at Lannigan Track. The meet starts on Friday, April 15 and continues all day Saturday. About 24 different teams will look to compete in this weekend\'s meet. Full results will be posted on: http://virginiasports.collegesports.com/sports/c-track/va-c-track-body.html.
University of Virginia track athlete Billie Jo Grant set a pair of season bests en route for qualifying for the NCAA Regional meet in competition at the Texas Relays this weekend in Austin, Texas. Grant threw 48\' 7.25\" and improved her regional qualifying mark from earlier this year in the shot, while in the discus she threw a 174\' 4\" and now ranks #2 all-time at Virginia, just 3\' 1\" behind the record. Tomika Ferguson also hit the NCAA Regional qualifying mark with a personal-best triple jump, going 40\' 8.25\" and taking sixth at the meet. Inge Jorgensen also finished in the top eight, taking seventh overall with her 165\' 10\".
Virginia pole vaulters Kathryn Pettine and David Sullivan had record performances this weekend as Pettine set the Virginia outdoor mark and Sullivan tied his own outdoor record en route to a pair of wins at the Fred Hardy Invitational held at the University of Richmond. Pettine became the first Virginia athlete to hit the 11\' 11.75\" mark outdoors while Sullivan\'s 17\' 0.75\" tied his own record that he set last year. Five women and four men took home victories in their respective events, while seven women and seven men also finished in the top three of their events.
Virginia athletes set two school records this past weekend (March 4-5) as the Cavaliers competed at the Alex Wilson Invitational, hosted by Notre Dame. Kellen Blassingame, the school-record holder in the outdoor 400m, added the indoor crown to his collection. He added to the DMR record he helped set on Friday when the Virginia quartet of McGavock Dunbar, Blassingame, Jordan Orr and Alex Tatu set the school record in the distance medley. The DMR ran a 9:36.21 and finished seventh overall in the meet, just .01 seconds out of fifth place. They broke the record by 6.99 seconds and are currently ranked 11th nationally. Blassingame\'s 46.97 broke the school record set by Ben Kurgat in 1989 when Kurgat ran a 47.61. Blassingame\'s time earned him a provisional qualifying berth for the NCAA Championships.
The Virginia men\'s distance medley team of Alex Tatu, Kellen Blassingame, McGavock Dunbar and Walt Kingsbery took home second place at the ACC Indoor Track and Field Championships today in Chapel Hill, NC. The foursome ran a 9:53.77, just 1.5 seconds off the ACC meet record set three years ago. David Sullivan also won silver today, clearing the pole vault with a 5.00m (16\' 4.75\"). The men\'s team stands in fifth place overall after two days of competition with 20.5 points.
Virginia first-year Emily Harrison, who earned All-ACC and All-Regional honors while advancing to the NCAA Championships in her first year as a collegiate runner in 2004, finished eighth at the USA Junior Women\'s National Championships, held in Vancouver, Wash. The first six athletes were named to the Junior National team that will compete in the 2005 World Championships in France.