Virginia track and field earns 9 ACC titles and 28 All-ACC honors at ACC Championships

The Virginia men’s and women’s teams both capture podium finishes in the competition

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Senior Hilmar Jonsson became the first hammer thrower in the ACC to complete the collegiate sweep after he won his fourth consecutive hammer throw title.

Courtesy Virginia Athletics

The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams hosted the ACC Championships at Lannigan Field this past weekend. Entering the competition, the Virginia men ranked first in the ACC, while the Virginia women ranked third behind Florida State and Miami. Over the course of three days, the men — led by ACC Field MVP junior Jordan Scott — captured six ACC titles and 16 All-ACC honors to become the conference runner-ups with 117 points. The women concluded the competition in third place with three ACC titles and 12 All-ACC honors. 

With a litany of elite, podium performances, Scott was the Virginia athlete of the meet. Scott won two ACC titles by sweeping the long and triple jump events.

Scott kicked off action Thursday in the long jump by shattering a 37-year old school record with a jump of 7.83 meters. To close out the meet Saturday, Scott jumped a wind-assisted 17.37 meters and a wind-legal 17.08 meters to set ACC, Virginia and Lannigan Field records. Scott totaled 20 points for the Virginia men.

Other big performances from the men came in the field competition as well. Freshman Ethan Dabbs won Virginia’s first conference title in the javelin with an ACC and school record throw of 76.04 meters, beating his previous best of 71.31 meters. Dabbs’ throw ranks third nationally this season.

During the second day of competition, senior Hilmar Jonsson, junior Brenton Foster and senior Oghenakpobo Efekoro all won ACC titles. Jonsson won his fourth consecutive hammer throw title, becoming the first hammer thrower in the ACC to complete the collegiate sweep. Foster cleared 2.23 meters in the high jump event to break a school record, and Efekoro won his first ACC title in the shot put competition.

In the women’s competition, senior Bridget Guy, junior Anna Jefferson and junior Andrenette Knight all won ACC titles. Jefferson finished in the top three in two events. 

Guy was the first to win an ACC title on the women’s team Friday. Guy cleared 4.32 meters to claim her second consecutive individual pole vault ACC title. In the 400-meter dash Saturday, Jefferson won with a time of 52.42, edging out Miami senior Brittny Ellis by a tenth of a second for the title. Jefferson followed up her winning performance with a third place finish in the 200-meter dash.

On the track, Jefferson and Knight swept the 400m distance for the Virginia women — Knight won the 400-meter hurdles competition in a time of 58.16.

"Not all events end in Hollywood fashion," Coach Bryan Fetzer said. "Of course, winning is part of the objective and it is disappointing when it does not happen. … I'm so proud of this entire program, the effort put forth this weekend and the whole outdoor season. We've had a special weekend.”

With the ACC Championships over, Virginia track and field will look forward to selection for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds May 23-25 in Jacksonville, Fla. 

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