The Virginia Tech men’s and women’s track and field teams made history over the weekend, as both teams claimed the team titles at the 2017 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships held over the weekend at Georgia Tech’s Griffin Track and Field Facility. For the first time since joining the ACC for the 2004-05 academic year, both Tech squads won the team title at the same league meet. The Tech women finished with 124.5 points, beating Florida State by six points and claiming the program’s first women’s title since 2008. The Tech men finished with 120 points and beat rival Virginia by a single point to sweep the league titles this year. Both Tech squads trailed heading into the final event, but the men’s and women’s 4x400-meter relay teams finished high enough to secure the points needed for the team titles. Notable performances came from Hanna Green, who won two gold medals (800 and 1,500), along with gold medal winners Sarah Edwards (3,000 steeplechase), Irena Sediva (javelin), Peter Seufer (10,000), Neil Gourley (1,500) and Drew Piazza (800). The teams now take a week off before those who qualified take part in the NCAA East Regional held May 25-27 in Lexington, Kentucky.
Women's Track and Field Team
Behind Hanna Green’s two gold medals, the Tech women’s track and field team won its first ACC team title since claiming both the indoor and outdoor titles in 2008. The team crown marked the fifth ACC championship for the women, including their third during the outdoor season.
Men's Track and Field Team
The distance runners combined to win three gold medals and lifted the Tech men’s track and field team to its second consecutive ACC outdoor championship. The title marked the seventh ACC track and field crown for the men’s program – all since 2011.
By virtue of the men’s and women’s track and field teams’ sweep of the ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships over the weekend, Virginia Tech has claimed the 2016-17 Commonwealth Clash presented by Virginia529. The competition pits the Hokies against the University of Virginia within the 22 varsity sports in which the schools compete against each other. The season series ended tied at 11, but Virginia Tech won the tiebreaker, which is the total number of ACC team championships won in the 22 varsity sports in which the schools compete against each other. The Hokies claimed ACC crowns in men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, women’s outdoor track and field, and wrestling. Virginia won ACC titles in men’s tennis, field hockey and rowing, but the Hokies do not compete in the latter two sports. Tech won the Clash for the first time in the three-year history of the event.
In his final game pitching at English Field at Union Park, redshirt senior Kit Scheetz pitched 6.1 strong innings, and the Virginia Tech Hokies hit three home runs, all of which lifted them to an 8-4 upset of No. 3 North Carolina in the second game of a three-game series this past weekend. Scheetz allowed just four runs on nine hits, while striking out four in moving to 4-2 on the season. Jack Owens had three hits, including a solo homer, while Tom Stoffel and Nick Anderson homered as well. The Hokies conclude the regular season this weekend with a series at Miami.
This Virginia Tech baseball player is a redshirt senior from Gordonsville, Virginia who has hit 11 home runs and driven in 36 runs this season. He answered the following questions so fans could get to know him as more than just a talented student-athlete.
Q: What is your dream vacation?
RC: Cruise around the world to experience the different cultures and places. I once saw a commercial for a cruise ship that travels to 27 different countries. I would want to bring a couple of friends, so we can all just get away from our normal lives for a while.
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat?
RC: Any soul food place.
Q: What is your favorite city that you've visited?
RC: Washington, D.C.
Q: If you could play another sport, what would it be?
RC: Basketball. I played four years in high school, but I felt as though I wasn’t tall enough. I love the March Madness [NCAA] Tournament.
Q: Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
RC: I chose Virginia Tech because it was close to home, and I felt it was the best place for me. I get to compete in the best baseball conference in the country. It also offers a great education, if baseball doesn’t work out.
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
Q: What type of music are you listening to these days?
RC: Rick Ross, Drake, Lil Durk, YFN Lucci, Migos, Wiz Khalifa and The Weeknd.
Q: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
RC: Floyd Mayweather – he can do whatever he wants, day in and day out. He put in the time and work to sit back when he’s 40 and retire.
Q: What is the talent you’d most like to have?
RC: I would love to be able to fly.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a Virginia Tech athlete?
RC: My favorite thing is knowing you have 34 other people that have your back no matter what. Also, wearing a jersey is a privilege, so I just try to not take anything for granted because I know a lot of people that would love to do what I do.
Virginia Tech outfielder Breanna Davenport and pitcher Carrie Eberle each received All-ACC recognition when the league announced its all conference teams May 11. Davenport earned second-team All-ACC honors after leading the Hokies with a .408 batting average in conference play, with four home runs, four doubles, 17 runs scored and 11 runs driven in. Her five-hit game against Louisville in the first game of a doubleheader on April 14 tied for the most in an ACC game this season and was only the third five-hit game in program history. In all games this season, Davenport hit .333 and ranked second on the team with 10 doubles, eight home runs and 29 RBI. Eberle made the All-Freshman Team after a season in which she led the Hokies in ACC play with 52 innings pitched, three complete games, seven starts, a save and 21 strikeouts. She went 9-11 with a 3.42 ERA overall this season.
A rainy morning couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of Tech student-athletes graduating along with their classmates in Lane Stadium last Friday. Prior to that, the Athletic Department celebrated tremendous accomplishment of teams and individuals at The Gobblers – a rocking awards show held in the Moss Arts Center on the Virginia Tech campus. The department also honored graduating Hokies with a special reception in the Veatch Family Lounge the evening before Friday’s commencement ceremony.