Virginia sophomore Jordan Lavender won the women’s 400m title during the final day of the 2013 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Cavalier women finished the meet tied for fourth, while the men finished the meet in sixth place.
“The kids laid everything on the line at this meet,” said head coach Bryan Fetzer. “We came in with not a large number of athletes and not covering a lot of events. The performances our team had were very positive. We walk away fourth and sixth. Those are places I don’t want to be in, in the future, but under the circumstances of this year, I am happy with our results. No one came here and didn’t do what they were supposed to do. That’s how you build a program.”
Lavender won the 400m in a time of 52.95, a new PR and the third fastest time in school history. Her victory was Virginia’s second ACC championship of the meet. Catherine White won the women’s 10000m title on Thursday night.
“Jordan embodies what we are trying to do with the program,” said Fetzer. “The amount of races she ran this weekend and the performances she had were impressive. She really showed today how good she can be. That was also the case for a lot of other kids on the team. When you are on the verge of greatness, the first key is believing you can be great. I think today showed that Jordan belongs among the nation’s best.”
The Cavaliers will return to action in three weeks they host the Virginia Challenge. The meet runs May 10-11 at Lannigan Field.