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Cavaliers Head to NCAA Championships

Four members of the Virginia track and field team are on their way to the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Javelin thrower Abbey Karin, and distance runners Barbara Strehler, Thomas Porter, and Mark Amirault will all represent the Cavaliers at the national championship meet, which starts on Wednesday.

Karin qualified with a ninth place finish in the women's javelin preliminary round. She threw 47.60m to qualify for the NCAA meet for the first time in her career.

"To go to Nationals is unbelievable," said Karin. "I hope to do really well and represent my team well out there. It's exciting though, that I get to represent the field portion of our team. We have a very young team, so if I can set the bar for next year's training that would be awesome."

"Not knowing is really exciting, you know going into a new meet, new experience," Karin said of her first trip to nationals. "Having the veterans that have gone and coaches that have been in that situation telling me what to expect has been really helpful. So I feel pretty confident I know what I'm going into."

Strehler is also making her first trip to the NCAA Championships.
The UVa junior was the 12th and final qualifier in the women's 5000m, setting a PR of 16:07.70.

Porter qualified for the NCAA Championships on in the preliminary rounds by finishing seventh in the 10000m. He's shooting for another top-eight finish in this week's competition, which would mean earning a first-team All-American honor.

"That will require beating a handful of folks that have personal best times that are 30-40 seconds better than mine, so I'm going to have to stay focused," Porter said of his goal. "It's going to require a good effort while I'm out there, but if I put things together I think that's a good goal to shoot for."

Amirault is making his first NCAA Championship appearance as a Cavalier, and second overall. In 2011, he earned second-team All-American honors in the 5000m, while at Princeton.

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