Virginia Men, UNC Women Lead ACC Champs After Day 2

Virginia T&F Press Release
May 15, 2015

Virginia Men in First Place After Second Day of ACCs; Mihaljevic wins shot put

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—The Virginia men’s track and field team took the lead on the second day of the ACC Outdoor Championships Friday (May 15) at Mike Long Track.

The Cavaliers lead with 48 points, followed by Florida State (46), Duke (30), Louisville (28), Virginia Tech (23), Syracuse (18), NC State (17), North Carolina (17), Wake Forest (11), Clemson (10), Notre Dame (10), Miami (9), Pittsburgh (5) and Georgia Tech (1).

“We took care of a lot of business today and put ourselves in position to have a great third day,” UVa head coach Bryan Fetzer said. “It is now all about taking advantage of those scoring opportunities we earned the first two days.”

Sophomore Filip Mihaljevic (Livno, Bosnia and Herzegovina) won the men’s shot put with a throw of 19.10m (62-8), while sophomore Jordan Young (Windsor, Ontario) was third with a mark of 18.55m (60-10.5). It is Mihaljevic’s third ACC title after winning the indoor shot put earlier this year and the discus in 2014. Both Mihaljevic and Young will compete in the discus Saturday.

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In the decathlon, freshman Jack Lint (Westerville, Ohio) earned All-ACC honors, finishing third with a UVa freshman record of 7,179 points, which also ranks fourth all-time in program history. Senior Christian Lavorgna (Jefferson, N.J.) placed eighth with a score of 6,768 and redshirt freshman Cam Collins (Calhoun, Ga.) was ninth with 6,394 points.

“The way Christian and Cam battled injuries throughout the decathlon was inspiring to the whole team,” Fetzer said. “The decathlon is grueling to make it through to begin with and for them to compete at the level they did was incredible.”

Sophomore Adam Visokay (Ruckersville, Va.) placed fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 8:49.28, while junior Kyle King (Yorktown, Va.) was seventh in 8:58.15.

In prelims, senior Payton Hazzard (Huntington, N.Y.) qualified for the finals of the 400 meters in 46.36, while sophomore Nathan Kiley (Chantilly, Va.) qualified for the 800 meters final in 1:50.37.

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The meet concludes Saturday with field events at 11 a.m. and track events at 5 p.m. ESPN3 coverage starts at 6 p.m.

May 15, 2015
Sport: Virginia Women’s Track and Field (@UVa_Track)
Contact: Tom Fenstermaker

Virginia’s Lake Wins Steeplechase on Second Day of ACCs; Cavaliers sit in fourth place

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Graduate student Iona Lake won the 3,000-meter steeplechase as the Virginia women’s track and field team finished action on the second day of the ACC Outdoor Championships Friday at Mike Long Track.

The Cavaliers sit in fourth place with 26 points after the second day, behind North Carolina (42), Florida State (36) and Louisville (32). Miami is fifth (24), followed by Notre Dame (17), Boston College (15), NC State (15), Syracuse (14), Wake Forest (13), Virginia Tech (13), Duke (11), Pittsburgh (9), Clemson (5) and Georgia Tech (1).

“A championship is about scoring points,” UVa head coach Bryan Fetzer said. “Personal bests and school records are nice, but it’s all about scoring team points and I think our women handled that well today.”

Lake (Norwich, England) came from behind on the last lap to defeat Danielle Winslow of Florida State by less than a second, 10:08.31 to 10:09.02. Sophomore Sara Sargent (Philadelphia, Pa.) placed seventh in a time of 10:20.64. Lake’s time was a new facility record, while Sargent’s time places her sixth on UVa’s all-time list.

“It was outstanding the way Iona was able to respond in the last lap,” UVa assistant coach Todd Morgan said. “She was near the front most of the race, but was passed towards the end and dug down deep to come back. It was great to gain 10 key points for the team. Also, for Sara to drop 14 seconds off her best time, be able to pick up a couple of team points and score at the conference meet for the first time was awesome to see. Really proud of both of them.”

Sophomore Christine Bohan (Avon Lake, Ohio) placed fourth in the shot put with a mark of 16.02m (52-6.75).

In the javelin, sophomore Caitlin Mautz (Doylestown, Pa.) finished fourth with a throw of 44.87m (147-2), while Bohan placed seventh with a mark of 41.01m (134-6).

“Caitlin did a great job competing in her first ACC meet with a lot of pressure on her and handled herself in a very workmanlike way,” UVa assistant coach Mario Wilson said. “To get fourth in her first conference meet was an awesome achievement.”

“Christine scoring in two events for us today was huge,” Fetzer said. “I know she wished she had done better in the shot put, but she is continuing to learn how to compete at major championships and scoring twice was big.”

Senior Jordan Lavender (Knoxville, Tenn.) won her 400 meters heat and qualified for Saturday’s final in a time of 53.21.

The meet concludes Saturday with field events at 11 a.m. and track events at 5 p.m. ESPN3 coverage starts at 6 p.m.

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