Just like on Thursday, gold medals in field events propelled the Virginia men’s track and field team to the top of the team standings on Friday during day two of the ACC championships at UVa’s Lannigan Field.
On Thursday, Jordan Scott claimed the long jump title and Ethan Dabbs won the javelin. On Friday, Virginia captured a trio of conference titles to maintain its hold on the top spot with 77 points. Virginia Tech is in second with 60, followed by Florida State with 34.5.
Senior Hilmar Orn Jonsson made ACC history Friday after becoming the first athlete to win the hammer throw title four years in a row. His winning toss cleared 239 feet. He joined former Cavalier Filip Mihaljevic as the only male athlete in program history to win four ACC outdoor titles in a single event.
Senior Oghenakpobo Efekoro claimed Virginia’s first individual title on Friday. He opened the day with his first career ACC shot put title. He led the field through all six rounds, and his winning throw cleared 63 feet, 4¾ inches.
Next up was junior Brenton Foster, who won the high jump championship and set a school record after clearing 7-3¾. The mark surpassed Virginia’s record of 7-2.25 set by Greg Byers in 1982 and Herman Moore in 1988 and ties for eighth best this season in the NCAA.
Junior Sam Young took third in the pole vault (16-7.5), while senior Nace Plesko finished sixth in the shot put (59-4¾).
Scott heads into Saturday for day three of competition as the favorite in the triple jump after he national championship in the event during indoor season. Sophomore Jordan Willis also earned a spot in the 400-meter finals with a time of 47.07 seconds.
Due to rain in the forecast, Saturday’s schedule has been pushed up 3.5 hours. Field events begin at 10 a.m. and running events at 12:05 p.m.
Virginia women leap into contention
The Virginia women’s track and field team opened day two of the ACC championships ranked eighth out of 14 teams. But by the time Friday’s final scores were tallied, the Cavaliers had jumped into a tie with Notre Dame for third place with 34 points.
Florida State leads the women’s field with 39 points, followed closely by Louisville with 37.
Bridget Guy got the Cavaliers on the scoreboard with her second consecutive pole vault title. On her second attempt, the redshirt senior cleared 14 feet, 2 inches. She was the only jumper in the field to attempt the height.
Virginia also got a third-place finish in the shot put from sophomore Brittany Jones, who cleared 52-6. Sophomore Kiera Bothwell took fourth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:30.29.
The Cavaliers also had three runners earn spots in finals heats when action resumes at Lannigan Field on Saturday.
Sophomore Halle Hazzard set a school record and earned the No. 2 seed with a time of 11.34 seconds in the 100-meter dash. Junior Anna Jefferson won her preliminary heat in the 400-meter dash with a time of 53.42 seconds, which was the fastest prelim time.
After finishing the 100-meter hurdles in 13.34 seconds, senior Ciara Leonard enters Saturday’s finals as the No. 7 seed.