The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams began competition at the 2013 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Cavalier women are in third place and the men are in fourth place after the first day of the three-day meet.
Senior Catherine White won her second consecutive championship in the women’s 10,000 meters, becoming the fifth woman in ACC history to repeat in the event. Also starring on Thursday for Virginia was Abbey Karin, who was second in the women’s javelin, and Thomas Porter, who finished second in the men’s 10,000m.
“It was a very productive first day,” said head coach Bryan Fetzer. “In a lot of ways, both in the finals and the qualifying, it went close to what we expected. Anytime you can pick up three places in the women’s 10,000 or two places in the men’s 10,000, that being really productive. That event is always going to be a very strong component of our team. Abbey came up huge in the javelin. She has worked so hard and to come out and throw a lifetime best and finish second, is a major testament to what hard work can accomplish.”
The highlight of day one came in the final event of the evening, the 10,000 meters. In addition to Catherine White winning her second consecutive 10,000m title, crossing the line in 34:12.79, Barbara Strehler finished sixth in a PR of 34:39.31 and Kathleen Stevens was eighth in a PR of 35:22.08.
“It is exciting to win the event again,” said White. “I was a little nervous coming into the race because I won it last year. I knew all eyes were going to be on me a little bit. In a 10K, I always try to get through the first half. I felt pretty comfortable through most of the race. When it gets down to 600 or 800 to go, it is time to fight, and I was able to pull away from the pack at the end.”