Track and Field
This past week the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships were held in Eugene, Oregon. The women’s team finished in 11th place, which is the second-best representation in program history. The men’s squad finished 32nd.
Virginia Tech did bring home a national champion. With a throw of 58.76 meters (192 feet, 9 inches) Irena Sediva earned her second individual national championship in the javelin. Irena also won the individual national championship back in 2015, but was unable to compete in either the 2016 ACC or NCAA tournaments due to injury. This marks the last collegiate meet for the Hokie graduate, but something tells me this isn’t the last time we will hear the name Irena Sediva. Congratulations on a fantastic career and best of luck on your future endeavors!
Virginia Tech track star, Hanna Green, also concluded her Hokie career with a respectable showing at the 800 meter finals. With a time of 2:01.32, Green placed second, earning the silver medal. Oregon runner, Raevyn Rogers, won the gold with a time of 2:00.02. Congratulations to the six time All-American! As with all the departing seniors, we here at Gobbler Country wish you all the best!
The Fighting Gobblers have been performing well during the 2017 NCAA Championship, and several Hokies have been named as All-Americans. To the first team is, of course, Irena Sediva (javelin) and Hanna Green (800m), but joining them is also Emma Thor (hammer throw… Thor… hammer throw, it seems like fate), Neil Gourley (1500m), Drew Piazza (800m), and Marek Barta (discus).
Representing the Hokies on the second team are Pavla Kuklova (hammer throw), Brad Johnson (pole vault), Patrick Joseph (800m), Vincent Ciattei (1500m), Sarah Edwards (3000m steeplechase), and Peter Seufer (5000m).
Three Virginia Tech Hokies will be heading to Lincoln, Nebraska to participate in the World Team Trials. The first is VPI assistant coach Frank Molinaro. Coach Molinaro was the 2012 NCAA Champion at 149 lbs. and placed fifth during the 2016 Olympics. He is projected to be the No. 1 seed in his field. 2017 All-American, Ty Walz, is also competing and is projected to be the seventh seed in heavyweight. Both Walz and Coach Molinaro are competing in the senior circuit. Redshirt sophomore, David McFadden, will compete in the junior field. McFadden has previously earned Freshmen of the year and All-American. Best of luck to our Hokies!UPDATE: Coach Molinaro has again made the national team at 65kg! Congratulations Coach!