The Men’s Track News was so overwhelming that we had to give them a single article. The Women’s Indoor Season didn’t grab a championship, but it was certainly a good season, and there are some performances to note in the for the tournament.
Hokie Women’s Indoor Track
Essence Henderson shot putted herself into a Silver Medal finish
Lindsey Butler’s lay it all on the track effort in the 800m deserves the big link of the day. That effort broke the Virginia Tech Record.
It also netted her the Gold, 2nd best in the nation, and an ACC Championship record.
LINDSEY. BUTLER.— Virginia Tech Track & Field (@HokiesTFXC) February 27, 2021
With the 2⃣nd best time in the NATION at 2:01.96, Lindsey Butler wins the 800m for the Hokies and sets a new ACC Championship record!
Grace Boone follows with a PR 2:05.46 for 7th!#StrongerTogether | #Hokies pic.twitter.com/ylEvqKYJ1U
Caitlan Tate also earns a gold with her own special jet engine.
And we end with the young woman who has managed to earn gold medals in the last three ACC Tournaments, pole vaulter Rachel Baxter.
Hokie Women’s Basketball
The Women’s Basketball Team had been on a bit of a win streak going into the final game of the regular season against visiting North Carolina. The 13-7 overall, 8-7 Hokies were hoping to add just a little bit of momentum going into the ACC Tournament and setting up for Selection Sunday.
Final from Cassell pic.twitter.com/Q3nboJkNxs— Virginia Tech Women's Basketball (@HokiesWBB) February 28, 2021
Tech led solidly at the half, but Carolina went on a huge run in the 2nd, and the Hokies just couldn’t manage enough offense to keep the Tar Heels from passing and then winning by five (68 - 63). That dropped the Hokie regular season to 13-8 and an even par for the ACC at 8 - 8. Thursday, the @HokieWBB faces Miami in the opening round of the ACC Tournament. We hope they go deep into the brackets it will help with their post season NCAA potential.
Sometimes I am really not a fan of conference tournaments, when you’ve actually faced those opponents in the regular season. The Hokies ended the regular season marathon on top of the ACC. The tournament ended up being a see-saw with one of our very best wrestlers, Mekhi Lewis, having to bow out due to a medical issue. That subtracted a huge amount from the potential total, so Tech lost points on an unfortunate forfeit.
It was a big weekend for Sam Latona (125) and Corbin Myers (133) who both won their weight classes for the ACC Individual Championships.
SAM LATONA TAKES THE 125-POUND— Virginia Tech Wrestling (@HokiesWrestling) March 1, 2021
Sam Latona is your 2021 ACC Champion!!! pic.twitter.com/RFwo1R26h9
The team advanced far into the tournament but missing Lewis was an unfortunate point hole that just was difficult to make up in very normally close wrestling tournaments.
Expect to see lots of Hokies in the NCAA Tournament. It’s going to be exciting for them.