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Curtin wins NCAA Pre-National meet

Virginia Tech cross country runner Thomas Curtin recorded his first career win in cross country, beating a 288-runner field at the prestigious NCAA Pre-National meet held at E.P. Tom Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky, this past Saturday. Curtin ran the race in a career-best time of 23 minutes, 18.2 seconds, edging two-time defending national champion Edward Cheserek of Oregon by more than four seconds. Behind Curtin, the Tech men's team finished in sixth place in the team competition, which featured 11 ranked teams in the field. On the women’s side, Katie Kennedy was the top finisher for the Hokies, coming in 104th with a time of 21:10.8. The Tech women finished 25th out of 45 teams. The Hokies now gear up for the ACC championships, which will be held Oct. 30 in Tallahassee, Florida.

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David Prince of the Tech track & field team interviews Hokie cross country runner Darren Barlow

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Athlete of the Week

Thomas Curtin
(Men's Cross Country • r-senior • Leesburg, Va.)
Curtin grabbed the lead quickly at the NCAA Pre-National cross country meet in Louisville on Saturday and never gave it up, racing to his first win as a collegian. Curtin set a career-best time of 23:18.2 in beating two-time defending national champion Edward Cheserek of Oregon by more than four seconds. Curtin helped the Hokies to a sixth-place finish in the team competition in what was a loaded field – 11 ranked teams ran at the meet.

Hokies fall 30-20 to Miami

Travon McMillian rushed for a career-best 99 yards, but Virginia Tech turned the ball over four times and lost 30-20 to Miami in an ACC game played Saturday at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. Miami scored 10 points off Tech’s turnovers. The ’Canes finished with 395 yards of offense, including 296 yards and two touchdowns passing by quarterback Brad Kaaya. Tech’s Michael Brewer returned to action after missing five straight games with a fractured clavicle. Brewer threw a touchdown pass to Isaiah Ford to cut Miami’s lead to 23-20, but a late Miami touchdown sealed the game. Tech (3-4 overall, 1-2 ACC) will look to right the ship on Saturday against Duke, who comes to town for Homecoming.

Women’s soccer squad shuts out the ’Canes


Virginia Tech got back on the winning side of the ledger in ACC play on Saturday night, as the Hokies shut out Miami, 3-0, at Thompson Field in the Kick It to Cancer match. Tech wore pink jerseys for breast cancer awareness and teal socks for ovarian cancer awareness. The 12th-ranked Hokies got out to an early lead in the seventh minute of play, when Candace Cephers scored her fifth goal of the season, knocking in a Madi Conyers ball. Tech pushed the lead to 2-0 just before intermission, as Alani Johnson scored on an assist from Jordan Coburn. Johnson scored Tech’s final goal in the 87th minute, on the rebound of a Bria Dixon shot. The Hokies recorded their fourth shutout of the season and second in ACC action.

Monteiro wins ITA Atlantic Region singles title


Virginia Tech put together a solid ITA Atlantic Regional performance, with Hokies advancing into the finals for both singles and doubles. Tech's Joao Monteiro claimed the singles title. After defeating Old Dominion's Adam Moundir 6-3 in the first set, the two battled in the second set, going into a tiebreaker, before Monteiro took it 7-6(4). In doubles action, the Hokies had two pairs reach the semifinals with Andreas Bjerrehus and Monteiro as one duo and Amerigo Contini and Edoardo Tessaro in the other. Bjerrehus and Monteiro fell in the semis, but Contini and Tessaro defeated GW's Danil Zelenkov and Julius Tverijonas 6-4, 6-4 before falling in the finals Tuesday afternoon.

Daxhelet, teammates perform well at ITA Regional

The Hokies had a strong weekend at the ITA Atlantic Regional as three players advanced into the singles quarterfinals. Elena Cerezo-Codina, Francesca Fusinato and Caroline Daxhelet advanced into the final rounds. Cerezo-Codina and Fuscinato fell in the quarters, but Daxhelet advanced all the way to the finals after defeating UVA's Victoria Olivarez in the quarters, 2-6, 6-2, 6-2. In the semifinals Daxhelet downed ODU's Natalia Vlasova 7-6(1), 5-7, 6-0. The finals pitted Daxhelet against the nationally ranked No. 3 Julia Elbaba, who won 6-1, 6-1.

Hokies fight to draw with Irish, face UVA on Senior Night

The Virginia Tech men's soccer team pushed No. 7 Notre Dame to double overtime at Thompson Field on Friday night, before ending in a 0-0 draw. The game marked the third shutout in four contests for the Hokies and was the third ranked team that Tech has beaten or tied this year. As the team comes down the final stretch of games, it will host senior night Friday against the defending national champion Virginia Cavaliers.

H2Okies get off to great start at Penn State and WVU

The swim and dive teams got off to an impressive start this past weekend. The men were able to win both dual meets against Penn State and West Virginia while the women split, losing to PSU and beating WVU. Michal Szuba won his long distance events in the 500 free and 1,000 free both Friday and Saturday. Freshman diver Ashlynn Peters, making her collegiate debut, was able to win the 1-meter and 3-meter events in a clean sweep. The H2Okies will be back in the water as they open up at home on Oct. 30, hosting Queens University (N.C.) with Richmond.

Rhegan Mitchell paced the Hokies through a 1-1 weekend

Setter Rhegan Mitchell recorded double-doubles in both matches on Virginia Tech Carilion Court at Cassell Coliseum for the first time since Sept. 19. She set a new career high of 15 digs during Friday’s sweep of Clemson. Lindsey Owens and Kennedy Bryan led the Hokies’ offense on both occasions. Owens slugged 25 kills with 20 digs, registering a double-double on Sunday. Bryan sits narrowly behind Owens, recording 22 kills with 17 digs to also earn the first double-double of her career during Sunday’s matinee. Despite Tech’s 1-3 loss to Georgia Tech, Haley Price downed two of the Hokies’ four aces. Virginia Tech hits the road this weekend, facing Wake Forest and Duke before returning home on Oct. 30 against Miami.

Hokies wrap up fall exhibitions on a high note


The Virginia Tech softball team competed in its final two games of the fall on Wednesday, walking away with a 6-2 record. The Hokies fell short in game one of the midweek doubleheader, despite Maggie Tyler’s nine strikeouts. Bats came alive in the second contest as the Hokies sparked the run rule in a 10-4 rout. Elizabeth Birle ensured the win, going 2-for-3 with a double and a three-RBI homer. The fall season provided collegiate game experience for Olivia Lattin and other newcomers as the Hokies prepare for the upcoming 2016 season. Fans can check out a fun softball event this Friday as the Hokies put on their second annual Hit-A-Thon, Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. at Tech Softball Park, with trick-or-treating for the kids following the Tech celebrity home run contest.

Virginia Tech Athletics presents its weekly video wrap-up of Tech sports, with host Andrew Allegretta filling you in on what you need to know to keep up with the Hokies.

This Is Home

Fall is a magical time in Blacksburg. Alumni and fans of all ages will head to campus this weekend to celebrate Homecoming festivities and watch the Hokies take on a ranked Duke squad in Lane Stadium at 3:30 p.m.