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Several runners qualify for regionals

The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams finished another successful weekend on the track, winning several races and putting forth five NCAA regional qualifying performances.

Junior Ayla Smith performed well Friday, posting two of Virginia’s all-time top-three performances in the 100-meter- and 400-meter hurdles. Smith won the 400 hurdles in an NCAA qualifying time of 58.28 seconds, marking the program’s third fastest time and the nation’s top time this season. She also finished fifth in the 100 hurdles with another regional qualifying time of 13.77 — the second best mark in Virginia history.

Junior Trey Miller finished sixth in the 5000-meter race with 14:11.68 to qualify for regionals. Fellow junior Stephanie Garcia, a tableau editor for The Cavalier Daily, qualified for regionals with a win in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

The men’s and women’s 4-by-800 meter relay teams gave impressive performances as well. Each earned first-place finishes, with the men coming in at 7:28.26 and the women at 8:52.69. The relay team of Garcia, freshman Morgane Gay, senior Sara Casscells and senior Lauretta Dezubay was victorious in the 4-by-1500 meter relay. The men’s 4-by-1500 meter relay also saw success, coming just behind a Duke team.

In the field, senior Caitlin Kelly notched a win with a discus throw of 160’5”. Freshman Tara Karin and junior Meghan Briggs each qualified for the NCAA Regional meet in the javelin. Briggs finished runner-up in the event with a throw of 150 feet, while Karin threw 143 feet, 2 inches.

The Cavaliers will head to Columbus, Mo. to take part in the Missouri Jefferson Dual Friday and Saturday.

—compiled by Nick Eilerson

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