Track & Field: Regis Jesuit track star Ana Holland gives pledge to Virginia

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AURORA | Regis Jesuit track star Ana Holland has given her verbal commitment to the University of Virginia.

Holland — who won three state championships at the Class 5A state track meet in 2011 — confirmed she gave her pledge to coach Bryan Fetzer and the Cavaliers on Friday, choosing to join a program she feels is strong on the track and off it.

National letter of intent signing day for seniors is Feb. 6, 2013.

“I liked the program because I immediately clicked with Coach Fetzer, who is inspirational and full of compassion for what he does,” Holland said. “The team is not only made up of wonderful athletes, but people with integrity and good character as well. The program is on it’s way to being great and I wanted to be a part of it.”

The Cavaliers appear to be on the rise, as they’ve made big strides on the track in Fetzer’s two seasons at the helm.

Virginia finished second at the 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Championships — its highest finish since 1995 — and 11 Cavaliers advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. It was the program’s most qualifiers since 1983 and overall the second most in school history. Only one Colorado athlete is currently on Virginia’s 2012-13 roster, Mullen graduate Vanessa Fabrizio, a middle distance runner.

The addition of Holland should help, as the Regis Jesuit sprint star won 5A state titles in the 100 and 400 meter dashes and finished an eyelash from a sweep of the sprint events with a second-place result in the 200. She also teamed with older sister Mia, Justine Hall and Megan Pogue to win the 800 meter sprint medley relay.

Holland — who was third in both the 100 and 200 as a freshman in 2010 — missed last season’s 5A state meet with an Achilles injury.

She’s looking forward to heading to the school in Charlottesville, Va., which has a strong academic reputation.

“Virginia is also a very prestigious university and has much to offer me as a student,” Holland said. “I’m very excited to be a Cavalier.”

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