Virginia Track & Field breaks records at Hokie Invitational


A week after delivering spectacular performances at the Virginia Tech Invitational, Virginia’s track and field team returned to Blacksburg this weekend for the Hokie Invitational.

Once again, the Hoos showed up at Virginia Tech’s Rector Field House.

On the first day of competition Friday, rookie Mia Barnett made her first attempt at a one-mile run of her college career and finished in 4:40.43, a time that earned her third place and also beat a first-year UVA indoor record that stood for over 30 years. . Claire Forbes ran the mile in 4:49.48 in 1990 and that time was the UVA freshman record until Friday when two different freshman Cavaliers topped that mark in the same race. Rookie Margot Appleton also broke that record with a time of 4:45.35, good for sixth place in the race.

In the men’s mile, Ka’eo Kruse took third place with a time of 4:01.56, which ranks fifth on all-time indoor performance times at Virginia. Yasin Sado finished fifth in the mile run with a time of 4:03.36.

Kayla Bonnick finished third in the 60m with a time of 7.50, the tenth best time in the event in UVA history. Jada Seaman finished just behind Bonnick in fourth place with a time of 7.55.

Alix Still took fourth place in the pentathlon.

On the second day of competition Saturday, Virginia distance runners crushed the peloton.

UVA swept the podium in the men’s medley relay. The team of Yasin Sado, William Trent, Liam Bellamy and Wes Porter took first place with a time of 9:48.78. Ka’eo Kruse, Nigal Davis, Conor Murphy and Rohann Asfaw were second in 9:50.06 and Nathan Mountain, Jeremiah Wilson, Will Baginski and Jacob Hunter were third in 9:50.35.

The Virginia women’s medley relay went 1-3 in the event, with Mia Barnett, Keara Seasholtz, Claire Frazier Bolton and Margot Appleton finishing first in 11:13.70, the second fastest time in the history of the UVA program. Ellie Desmond, Alahna Sabbakhan, Sydney Coppolino and Helena Lindsay finished third in 11:51.33.

Virginia also picked up a number of podium finishes in other events on day two.

Jada Seaman set a personal best 6.02m in the long jump en route to a third-place finish. Maria Deaviz also set a personal best in the shot put, finishing second with a mark of 16.42m, which is the third best mark in UVA indoor history.

Jordan Willis finished the 400m in 47.34, good for second place. Bex Hawkins was second in the high jump at 1.76m and Claudio Romero was third in the shot put.

In a few weeks, Virginia’s next action will be a trip to…you guessed it – Blacksburg (for the third consecutive event) – for the VT Elite Meet on February 4-5.

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