King Wins Steeplechase Gold at ACC Track Championships

The Virginia men's and women's track and field teams continued competition at the 2014 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday. The Cavalier men, led by Kyle King’s victory in the 3000m steeplechase, are tied for seventh place, while the women are tied for 14th place after day two of the three-day meet.

King’s victory in the 3000m steeplechase highlighted the second day of the meet for Virginia. He crossed the line in 8:48.47, the fifth-best time in school history. He becomes the first Cavalier to win the men’s steeplechase since Rob Cook won back-to-back ACC titles in 1993 and 1994.

“Kyle King, winning the steeplechase, was a great way to end the day,” said Fetzer. “The way he did it was even more impressive because he executed his race really well. Filip had a great performance in the shot. For a freshman to do that in his first ACC meet was impressive. In the preliminaries, we had a lot of guys move through today and set us up for a strong final day of the meet tomorrow.”

Also scoring for the Cavaliers on Friday was Filip Mihaljevic, who earned All-ACC honors in the men’s shot put. He placed third with a throw of 58’4.5”.

Virginia had three athletes advance to Saturday’s finals during Friday’s competition. DreQuan Hoskey ran the eighth-fastest time in school history in the 110m hurdles, running 14.23 to advance to the final. Payton Hazzard advanced to the final of the 400m with a time of 46.41. Mike Marsella, who advanced to the 1500m final Thursday, advanced to the 800m final with a PR of 1:49.53 on Friday. They join Brandon Burton, who advanced to the final of the 400m hurdles on Thursday, as Cavaliers who advanced from preliminary flights in their respective events.

In the decathlon, Christian Lavorgna earned an eighth place finish with 6,561 points, the ninth best score in school history.

Virginia had three female athletes advance to Saturday’s finals during Friday’s competition. Jordan Lavender, the reigning ACC champion in the 400m, advanced to the final in that event by winning her heat in a time of 53.08, the fastest time in qualifying. Peyton Chaney advanced in the 100m with a time of 11.80. Both Chaney and Lavender will also be in the 200m final, having advanced in that event on Thursday. Vanessa Fabrizio advanced to the final of the 800m by winning her heat in 2:06.34, a new PR and the sixth-fastest time in school history.

Sarah DeVita posted the third-best mark in school history in the women’s pole vault, jumping 12’0.75” to finish 14th.

“Today wasn’t a day where we scored a lot of points, but we set ourselves up for a big day tomorrow,” said head coach Bryan Fetzer. “We took care of business, for the most part. Our athletes who were ranked high, finished high and advanced. Tomorrow will decide how we finish up in both genders. We have a lot of people who have advanced to finals and there are quite a few events tomorrow that we should score well in.”

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