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Outdoor Track 1998 Season in Review

Atlantic 10 titles for both men's and women's squads.


Jan. 22, 1999

BLACKSBURG, Va. -
The Virginia Tech men's and women's teams each won the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships, had coach of the year honorees and had individuals earn All-America honors to top off a strong 1998 outdoor season.

At the NCAA Championships, sophomore Erick Kingston was named an All-American after placing eighth in the hammer throw. Katie Ollendick garnered her second All-America honor for finishing eighth in the heptathlon. She rounded out her Tech career by being named GTE Academic Athlete of the Year for the spring.

The Hokies swept the Asics Atlantic 10 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at Tech's Johnson-Miller Track Complex, with the men's team finishing with 268 points while the women took the win with a total of 252 points.

Freshman Andre Davis earned the Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year award after winning the 100- and 200-meter dashes and anchoring the winning 4x100 relay team. Other winners for the men's team were Kevin Walker, who won the 110 high hurdles and the 400 intermediate hurdles; Mike Cox (10,000 meters); Nathan Bath (pole vault); Jarrett Ferguson (long jump); Nick DeLuca (shot put) and Kingston (hammer throw).

For the women's team, Ollendick set two school records while winning the high jump and running a leg on the winning 1,600-meter relay team. Paula Allan qualified provisionally for the NCAA champ-ionships with a first place throw in the shot put. Also winning events for the Hokies were Brandi Smith (400 intermediate hurdles); Megan Barnes (long jump); April Byrd (triple jump); Michelle Smith (discus); and Denise O'Connell (javelin).

For their teams' great performances in the conference's outdoor meet, women's coach Lori Taylor and men's coach Russ Whitenack earned the Atlantic10 Coach of the Year awards.

The outdoor season opened with the Tech tracksters competing in the Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C. Ollendick set a new school record with an ECAC-qualifying mark in the high jump. Eddie Boes also qualified for IC4A competition with his ninth place finish in the discus. Kingston qualified provisionally for the NCAA championships in the hammer throw. The women's 4 x 400 relay team broke a 13-year-old record with a sixth-place finish of 3:48.02.

The tracksters then traveled to Durham, N.C., where they competed in the Duke Invitational. Michelle Smith and Michelle Zengilowski both qualified for ECAC championship competition with their fourth- and fifth-place finishes, respectively, in the hammer throw. Ollendick won the high jump and Allan took first place in the shot put.

Tech christened its new outdoor facilities with the Hokies' first outdoor home meet since 1980. Tech finished the event with10 first-place finishes, even though the hurdles event was canceled due to inclement weather. Junior Meredith Gizzi won the 1,500-meters with a time of 4:55.86.

Kingston took second place in the hammer throw at the Gamecock Invitational in Columbia, South Carolina, while the Tech teams both finished in second place.

Ollendick pulled off an impressive feat at the Penn Relays, winning the heptathlon and qualifying for NCAA championship competition. Ollendick scored 5,378 points for the win. The women's 4x200 relay team also had a good performance, finishing fourth and qualifying for ECAC competition.

The Hokies ended the outdoor season with strong performances. The Tech women tied for fourth place at the ECAC Championships, highlighted by Allan's first-place finish in the shot put. The men's team finished the IC4A Championships tied for tenth place with Kingston winning the hammer throw competition.







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