UVA women cap NCAA regional with wins, school records
Graduate student Michaela Meyer and senior Andrenette Knight were the top finishers in their respective events while the Cavaliers’ 4×100-meter and 4×400-meter relay teams earned spots in the field for the NCAA Outdoor Championships that take place in in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12.
Meyer won the 800 meters with a time of 2:00.40 to set a UVA record and break the Hodges Stadium facility record she set during Thursday’s first-round race. That is the fastest time ever run in the 11-year history of the NCAA Preliminary Round events. It is the second-fasted time in the NCAA this season.
Knight, a senior, qualified for the NCAAs in the 400-meter hurdles for the fourth time during her collegiate career. The ACC Champion in the event, she cruised to first place with a time of 56.07.
The Cavaliers’ 4×100-meter relay team also earned a place in the field for the national championships. The team of Anna Jefferson, Jada Seaman, Kayla Bonnick and Halle Hazzard ran a school-record time of 43.75 to be one of 12 teams advancing.
To cap the meet, UVA’s 4×400-meter relay team earned an automatic qualification with a top-three finish in its heat. Jefferson and Seaman were joined by Meyer and Knight to set a school-record time of 3:30.44, almost two seconds faster than the old mark.
During the four-day competition, a total of 10 Virginia men’s and women’s individual competitors qualified for this year’s national championships meet in addition to the two women’s relay teams.