Track & Field: Nine Cavaliers set for NCAA Championships in Austin

Courtesy UVA Media Relations

The Virginia men’s and women’s track and field teams are set to send nine individual athletes (five men, four women) to the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Austin, Texas. The men’s events will take place on Wednesday and Friday, while the women’s competition will be held on Thursday and Saturday.


Live coverage of the NCAA Men’s and Women’s NCAA Track & Field Championships will be broadcast live each day on the ESPN family of networks. Links to the ESPN broadcasts, live stats and the overall meet schedule are available at Updates will also be posted to the team’s official Twitter account (@UVAtfcc).

Round                              Day       Start Time (ET)  Network
Men’s Day One                  Wed.       7:30 p.m.                 ESPN2
Women’s Day One            Thurs.     8:30 p.m.                ESPN2
Men’s Day Two                  Fri.           9 p.m.                     ESPN2
Women’s Day Two            Sat.          9 p.m.                      ESPN2


Prior to the start of the NCAA first round, the Cavaliers own some of the nation’s top times and marks from the regular season:

2. Ethan Dabbs – Sr., Javelin, 80.82m (265’2”)
5. Owayne Owens – Sr., Triple Jump, 16.61m (54’6’)
6. Nate Mountain – So., 3000 SC, 8:32.05
8. Derek Johnson – Gr., 3000 SC, 8:33.82
20. Conor Murphy – Jr., 800 meters, 1:47.27

3. Margot Appleton – So., 1500, 4:08.96
7. Ashley Anumba – Gr., Discus, 59.37m (194’9”)
22. Alix Still – Jr., Heptathlon, 5662 points


  • Virginia has qualified at least one men’s steeplechaser in five of the last eight seasons
  • Ethan Dabbs and Owayne Owens each make their third trip to the NCAA Championships. Ashley Anumba makes her fourth trip overall and second with Virginia
  • Alix Still is the first UVA qualifier in the heptathlon since 1994
  • Conor Murphy became the first UVA qualifier in the men’s 800 meters since 2012
  • Margot Appleton became the first UVA qualifier in the 1500 meters since 2012
  • Sophie Atkinson is the first UVA qualifier in the 10,000 since 2016
  • A native of Katy, Texas, Atkinson returns to her home state for the NCAA Championships. She qualified as the 40th seed out of the east region.
  • No Virginia competitor has ever won an individual title an any of the events the Cavaliers are entered in this season

Last Men’s Individual Title: Claudio Romero, 2022 (DT)
Last Women’s Individual Title: Michaela Meyer, 2021 (800m)
Highest Men’s NCAA Finish: 3rd (2017)
Highest Women’s NCAA Finish: 10th (1983)