Virginia senior Hilmar Jonsson recorded the best hammer throw finish in program history on Wednesday to lead the Virginia men’s track and field team on the opening day of the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas.
The senior threw a mark of 73.31m (240’6”) to finish third in the event and earn first-team All-America honors.
After fouling on his opening throw, Jonsson recorded a mark of 70.87m (232’6”) to move into fourth place before cementing a spot in the finals with a throw of 73.19m (240’1”).
Two throws later, he captured his top mark in the series, 73.31m (240’6), to finish third overall and score six points for the Cavaliers. He earned his third career All-America honor and second first-team honor in the event.
“It was incredible to see these guys compete so well at this level,” assistant coach Martin Maric said. “Hilmar took another trophy home, finishing his college career as one of the best UVa athletes this program has ever had. We are very fortunate to have had him on our team for the past four years. He has done so much for this program.”
Freshman Ethan Dabbs finished seventh in the javelin, recording a mark of 72.23m (236’11”) in the second round. He earned first-team All-America honors and scored two points for UVa in the team standings.
“Ethan (Dabbs) is a true warrior,” Maric said. “Coming in as a true freshman and taking home All-America honors is really difficult to do. One can only wonder what the next few seasons will be like for this young man.”
In the shot put, redshirt senior Oghenakpobo Efekoro earned second-team All-America honors with a 12th-place finish and a mark of 19.16m (62’10.5”). The All-America accolade was his fourth in the outdoor shot put and fifth overall in his career.