Hokies sign decorated Virginia distance runner

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech track and field and cross country director Dave Cianelli announced Wednesday that Matthias Cannon has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Hokies for the 2018-19 season.

“Happy to have Matthias join our team,” head cross country and distance coach Ben Thomas said. “He has good range and comes from a program at Deep Run that is used to winning. He’ll do well in our program, and we look forward to helping him develop his talent. He fits right in with our team and will help us get better.”

A native of Glen Allen, Virginia, Cannon comes to Blacksburg as a two-time state champion in the VHSL’s indoor and outdoor 4x800 meters. Additionally, Cannon was the runner-up in the outdoor 1,600 meters at the VHSL meet, as well as guiding Deep Run High School to a title in cross country in 2016. His personal bests are a time of 1:55.68 minutes in the 800 meters, 4:18.32 in the 1,600 and 15:40 in the 5,000.

“The reason I chose Virginia Tech is because I feel that it is a great fit for me,” Cannon said.

The Hokies will open their 2018 indoor season at the Nittany Lion Challenge from Jan. 12-13, held at Penn State’s campus in State College.

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