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Tech men claim ACC outdoor track & field title

Distance runner Thomas Curtin won two gold medals and the men’s track and field team brought home four gold and five silver medals en route to winning the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Florida State. The championship marked the second ACC outdoor title for the men’s program since the school joined the league for the 2004-05 season and the sixth overall ACC men’s crown in track and field and cross country. The Hokies finished with 129 points, easily outdistancing second-place NC State, which had 93. Curtin won the 10,000- and 5,000-meter runs, accounting for 20 team points. He has now won seven ACC titles in track and field and cross country. Chris Uhle won the pole vault and freshman Matija Muhar won the javelin. Jaka Muhar (javelin), Neil Gourley (1,500), Patrick Joseph (800), Marek Barta (discus), and Torben Laidig (pole vault) all won silver medals. The Tech men’s track and field team has won at least one ACC title in five of the past six years.

Green leads Tech women at ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Junior Hanna Green paced the Virginia Tech women’s track and field team at the ACC outdoor meet, claiming the gold medal in the 800-meter in thrilling fashion at Mike Long Track on Florida State’s campus. Green beat Duke’s Anima Banks by five-hundredths of a second. Behind her, the Hokies finished in ninth place with 45.1 points. Pavla Kuklova and Eva Vivod added silver medals for the Hokies, with Kuklova finishing second in the hammer and Vivod second in the javelin. Sabine Kopplin earned a bronze in the javelin for Tech. The Hokies also got points from freshman Rachel Pocratsky, who came in fifth in the 1,500, and pole vaulters Hannah Meador, Erinn Schaal, Olivia Privitera, and Emma King. All finished in the top eight.



Virginia Tech
Athletes of the Week

Thomas Curtin
(r-Senior • Leesburg, Va. • ACC Champion • 5,000 & 10,000 meters)

Hanna Green
(Junior • Latrobe, Pa. • ACC Champion • 800 meters)

Matija Muhar
(Freshman • Jesenice, Slovenia • ACC Champion • Javelin)

Chris Uhle
(Senior • Powell, Ohio • ACC Champion • Pole vault)

In addition to the individual ACC title winners, the men’s track & field team earned Athlete of the Week honors after winning the conference title. Individual Hokies collected five gold medals at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships last weekend in Tallahassee, Florida. Chris Uhle led Tech’s pole vaulters with his second title while the squad followed suit in places two through seven. Freshman Matija Muhar took the crown in the javelin in his collegiate debut. Thomas Curtin highlighted men’s track, taking gold in both the 5,000 and 10,000 meters to become a seven-time ACC champion. Hanna Green led the women’s team with her third title in the 800 meters, posting an Olympic Trials qualifying time in the final.

Men’s tennis upsets No. 20 Kentucky in NCAAs, falls to No. 5 OSU

The 33rd-ranked Virginia Tech men’s tennis team traveled to its 10th consecutive NCAA Men’s Tennis Championships and started off with an upset of No. 20 Kentucky. The Hokies jumped to an early lead, earning the doubles point as Jai Corbett and Mitch Harper paired up to win 6-3 on court three and No. 21 Andreas Bjerrehus and Joao Monteiro won 6-3 on one. The Hokies had a 3-1 advantage in the team score before Kentucky tied up the match. However, Bjerrehus got out to the lead and held on to win it 6-3. Tech advanced to face No. 5 Ohio State on Sunday. Down 2-0 against the Buckeyes, the Hokies (18-9) responded to tie it up at 2-2. Tech’s 77th-ranked Edoardo Tessaro got Tech on the board on court five and 72nd-ranked Bjerrehus won on court two. However, the Hokies could not overcome the fifth-ranked Buckeyes.

Women's tennis competes in NCAAs, falls to Mississippi State

For the second year in a row, the Virginia Tech women’s tennis team competed in the NCAA championship. The Hokies traveled to Texas Tech to face No. 21 Mississippi State but ultimately came up short on Friday. Play began in Lubbock on a high note for Tech as Caroline Daxhelet and Raluca Mita defeated State’s duo on court two. Mississippi State claimed court three to even up the score before taking the final court to earn the doubles point. The Hokies could not overcome the 21st-ranked Bulldogs in singles play, falling 4-0. Tech’s season came to a close with a 14-11 overall mark, highlighted by victories over No. 6 Duke and No. 6 Georgia Tech in addition to Francesca Fusinato’s headline-making victory over the nation’s top-ranked player.

Hokies garner honors as season ends with tough loss in the ACC tourney

 

Lauren Duff and Maggie Tyler highlighted the week with first-team All-ACC honors. Duff was named Virginia Tech softball’s first ever Freshman of the Year while both Tyler and Duff earned their first All-ACC first-team honors. This marks the first time since 2009 and third time in program history that Virginia Tech had two athletes on the ACC’s first team. The Hokies wrapped up their season on Friday at the ACC Softball Championship. Tech suffered a heartbreaking 5-4 loss to No. 20 Notre Dame in the quarterfinal of the championship. The Hokies recorded their 16th winning season in 2016, totaling 50 all-conference selections in their 21-year history.

Hokies light up the scoreboard against Wake

For the first time since joining the ACC, the Virginia Tech baseball team scored 20 runs against a conference opponent, as Logan Bible and the Hokies defeated Wake Forest on Saturday at English Field at Union Park, 20-13. It also marked the first time since 1997 that Tech scored at least 20 runs three times in the same season, as they also had wins of 23-7 (Alcorn State) and 22-1 (Old Dominion) earlier in the year. It was Senior Day on Sunday before the final game of the ACC series against the Demon Deacons as six men were recognized pregame and they will play their final games in a three-game series at Virginia this weekend.

Congratulations student-athlete 2016 graduates!

Virginia Tech held its 2016 Commencement exercises over the weekend, and more than 70 student-athletes received degrees, doing their part to fulfill the athletic department’s mission: Virginia Tech Athletics is committed to excellence, both academically and athletically, and to the personal development of our students. In the spirit of Ut Prosim, we stand strong together to serve and represent our university and community with integrity and respect.