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UVA Track Looking For A Strong Finish To The Regular Season

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UVA distance runner Catherine White UVA distance runner Catherine White

The UVA women's track and field team is ranked for the first time this season, as the Wahoos are #24 in the nation.  

The Cavaliers will face some stiff competition at Lannigan Field this weekend, as the 2nd annual Virginia Challenge attracts some of the best collegiate and post-collegiate athletes in the country.

"It kind of creates a cool vibe, and a good atmosphere for track," says UVA graduate student Catherine White.

UVA will head into this weekend's Virginia Challenge on a high note, as both Jordan Lavender (400 meter) and Catherine White (10,000 meter) are coming off gold medal victories in the ACC Championships.

"Winning ACC's was absolutely awesome," says the sophomore Lavender.  "It was a goal I had set for myself at the beginning of the season, so just to finally accomplish it, and to get on top of the podium, and to be recognized as a champion, is just indescribable."

White says, "I felt like I kind of had a target on my back.  I won it last year, and I definitely felt like people were expecting me to lead and dictate the race a little bit, but it ended up alright."

UVA will follow up this weekend's race with the postseason.

"That's when you got to get down to business," says White.  "You have prelim's, and then hopefully finals, and the USA meet.  All big meets, all super important.  It's time for the big show, I guess.  You gotta get ready."

Lavender adds, "Last year I did not have as strong of a showing as I wanted to, so just go out there and redeem myself, and put myself is really what I want to do, so I'm really looking forward to that."

The Virginia Challenge begins Friday at 2pm at Lannigan Field.

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