The ACC Champion Virginia Tech Hokies put a respectable number of athletes into the Jacksonville Semi-finals that were conducted late last week. There were quite a few high finishes, and personal bests, but not everyone makes it to the next round. These fourteen Hokies including one with a very familiar name to Hokie Football fans are heading to the NCAA Finals to be held starting June 5th.
Congratulations to these amazing athletes. Good Luck, and we’ll be checking back in 2 weeks.
Pole Vault Deakin Volz
DistanceSarah Edwards (1,500)Rachel Pocratsky (1,500)Bashir Mosavel-Lo (800)Peter Seufer (5,000)Fitsum Seyoum (3,000 Steeplechase)
ThrowsPavla Kuklova (Hammer Throw)Isaiah Rogers (Shot Put)
SprintsCole Beck (4x100)Michael Davenport (4x100)Miles Green (400 Hurdles)Jacory Patterson (400, 4x100)Joseph Tay (4x100)
JumpsEszter Bajnok (Long Jump, Triple Jump)
(Lists and stats from Hokie Sports)
• Tech finishes the NCAA East Prelims with 1️⃣4️⃣ Hokies heading to Austin— Virginia Tech Track & Field (@HokiesTFXC) May 26, 2019
• Bajnok becomes the first jumper in school history to qualify for nationals in two events
» https://t.co/MI1R1DAzYE#NCAATF | #Hokies pic.twitter.com/HhFBDula7L
We never get to see the action on TV, so I am including a link to the tweet that has the final day wrap video.
Not a bad way to wrap up our final day of competition in Jacksonville pic.twitter.com/fJlKgY50nl— Virginia Tech Track & Field (@HokiesTFXC) May 26, 2019
#NCAATF | W 1,500 quarterfinals— Virginia Tech Track & Field (@HokiesTFXC) May 25, 2019
3. Sarah Edwards, 4:16.37
10. Rachel Pocratsky, 4:20.07
Edwards turns a new PB as the duo both punch to NCAA Nationals pic.twitter.com/ngulzFw43s
#NCAATF | W Triple Jump— Virginia Tech Track & Field (@HokiesTFXC) May 25, 2019
5. Eszter Bajnok, 13.47m (44’2.5”)
Bajnok secures herself a spot in another event at Austin pic.twitter.com/pPw7laMTCg
#NCAATF | M 3,000 Steeplechase Quarterfinals— Virginia Tech Track & Field (@HokiesTFXC) May 25, 2019
6. Fitsum Seyoum, 8:40.86
Seyoum finishes second in his heat to advance to NCAAs! pic.twitter.com/3tJ5vDZ6LG
#NCAATF | M 800 Quarterfinals— Virginia Tech Track & Field (@HokiesTFXC) May 24, 2019
3. Bashir Mosavel-Lo, 1:48.77
Mosavel-Lo runs a season best time to earn a to the NCAA Outdoor Championships pic.twitter.com/Mg0Wd0Q4Vn
#NCAATF | M Pole Vault— Virginia Tech Track & Field (@HokiesTFXC) May 24, 2019
With his leap of 5.31m (17’5”), Deakin Volz secures a spot in Austin pic.twitter.com/9geSscgc95
So we do have a hanging question... a dangling participle... as it were. Colton Beck of Blacksburg High School football and track fame holds a Track scholarship, not a football deal. He didn’t practice with the football team in the Spring, and he didn’t participate (that I have confirmed) in the Hard Hat conditioning competition. Beck is fast. I mean seriously fast. I am wondering if the Track and Field Team is going to want him to risk getting beaten up on the football field.
That begs a poll question, doesn’t it?
Does Colton ‘Cole’ Beck ever play football for the Hokies?
This poll is closed
Yes, Fuente and Cornelsen will find some place for him to contribute.
No, he’s a track star athlete just getting started, and he’s getting faster. No track coach is going to want him playing football.
Not if he stays on the track team. He’ll have to choose, and Fuente will have to figure out how to get him a scholarship if he wants to play football.
Maybe? That kind of speed and size means he’ll always present too much of a temptation. How that works out at running back is a mystery though.