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Tech athletics celebrates latest group of graduates

Eighty-one people associated with the Virginia Tech athletics department, a group that included athletes, cheerleaders, HighTechs, trainers, student workers and managers, graduated on May 15, as the university held its commencement ceremony inside of Lane Stadium. Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Google, delivered the commencement address in front of an estimated crowd of more than 30,000 people there to witness the celebration of 5,000 new graduates. Individual colleges/departments held ceremonies May 16 at various locations across Tech’s campus. On the athletics side, the football program led the way with nine graduates, while the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams combined for 13 graduates. For a complete listing of those who graduated, please CLICK HERE.

Quintet of Tech athletes take titles at ACC championships

Five Hokies won individual titles and several other Tech athletes posted quality performances at the 2015 ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted by Florida State University this past weekend. Tomas Kruzliak (hammer throw), Thomas Curtin (5,000 meters), Patrick Joseph (800 meters), Brad Johnson (pole vault) and Irena Sediva (javelin throw) each took home gold medals in their respective events. Amanda Smith (1,500 meters), Neil Gourley (1,500 meters), Hanna Green (800 meters) and Jaka Muhar (javelin throw) each took home silver medals at the meet while Stuart Robertson (steeplechase), Marek Barta (discus throw) and Jared Allison (pole vault) earned bronze medals. The Tech men’s team finished in third place while the Hokie women finished 11th.

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Athletes of the Week

Tomas Kruzliak, Hammer Throw
Kruzliak claimed his third-straight ACC title in the hammer throw with a season best mark of 223'11" (68.27m).

Brad Johnson, Pole Vault
Johnson claimed the first ACC pole vault title of his career after ascending to a height of 16’11.5” (5.17m).

Patrick Joseph, 800 Meters
Joseph tied the school record in the 800m race with an impressive time of 1:48.44 using a powerful kick to surge past two Florida State runners.

Thomas Curtin, 5,000 Meters
Curtin won the fourth ACC title of his career after powering to a first-place finish in the men's 5 000-meter race with a time of 13:59.33.

Irena Sediva, Javelin Throw
Sediva broke the ACC record, the meet record, the school record and the facility record en route to a title in the javelin with a mark of 192’5” (58.66m).

Hokies’ season ends with appearance in ninth consecutive NCAA regional

Virginia Tech completed its 2014-15 men’s golf season with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Noblesville Regional, played last week at the Sagamore Golf Club in Noblesville, Indiana. Tech struggled in the opening round and was unable to climb into the top five places to advance to the NCAA championship. Senior Scott Vincent made a run at the individual crown, finishing the regional fourth overall after rounds of 77-66-68=211. He was five strokes behind eventual champion Brian Campbell of Illinois and just two strokes off the pace for individual advancement. Vincent and fellow senior Trevor Cone finished their careers’ first and second, respectively, on the school’s all-time scoring list.

Hokies end season with two losses at NCAA regional in Knoxville


The Hokie softball team fell to 23rd-ranked Utah 6-1 and then Longwood 6-4 in eight innings in the NCAA regional in Knoxville. Tech’s spirited rally fell just short in the second game as the Hokies dropped a heartbreaker. Trailing 4-0 in the fifth inning, catcher Katey Smith led off with a home run. Kelsey Mericka followed that up with another solo home run, her 17th of the season to set a new school record for home runs in a season. Later in the inning, Jessie Mehr (walk) scored from first base on Bailey Liddle’s double to the gap and Lauren Gaskill tied the game up with a single to plate pinch runner Whitney Saunders. Longwood scored two runs in the eighth inning to end Tech’s campaign at 34-23.

A Tech victory at Pitt earns a spot in the ACC championship

Virginia Tech won 13-7 at Pittsburgh in the final game of the three-game ACC series on Saturday to secure the ninth seed in the ACC Baseball Championship. During a seven-run eighth inning, Andrew Mogg blasted a grand slam to give him six RBIs in the game. That rally turned a one-run deficit into the six-run advantage that the Hokies held on to for the win. Out of the bullpen, Aaron McGarity picked up the win and improved to 5-4 on the season. Luke Scherzer closed the game out for Tech and struck out five Panthers in two innings. The Hokies and North Carolina face off in the second ACC play-in game Tuesday in Durham.

HokieBirds fly the coop

The identity of the HokieBird mascots is a closely-guarded secret until graduation day, when the students that have donned the suit of Tech’s lovable mascot are allowed to wear the HokieBird feet under their cap and gown for commencement ceremonies. Jordan Sablan, A.J. Yost and Lauren Pearcy (pictured), as well as Carter Hadley and Victoria Tran, earned their degrees this year, and will strut their personalities and talent into the real world.