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Hokies host Doc Hale Virginia Tech Meet

BLACKBURG – The Virginia Tech men’s and women’s track and field teams return to Blacksburg this weekend to host the Doc Hale Virginia Tech Meet. The two-day gathering begins Friday at 4:00 p.m. with field events. Saturday’s events begin at 11:00 am with the women’s seeded pole vault.

The women’s pole vault team was recently ranked number one in the country by the USTrack and Field & Cross Country Coaches Association’s #EventSquad rankings. Tech currently has three women in the top ten. Junior Julia Fixsen tied with Sydney Horn from High Point at 14’7.25 (4.45m). Fixsen and Horn compete in set pole vault on Saturday. student in the first year Kenna Stimmel set a personal best height of 14’4.5″ (4.38 m) at the Lenny Lyles Invitational on January 27, breaking the facility record with a Virginia Tech alum Rachel Baxter. Voicel ranks sixth in the nation, followed by Journey Gurley tied ninth with a mark of 4.33 m (14’2.5″).

On the men’s side Jacob Reis, Harrison Rice, Josef Badamenti are among the top ten in the ACC. Jacob leads the Hokies in second place in the conference after overcoming a height of 17’0.75″ (5.20 m) in the season opener. Harrison lies at a mark of 17’0″ (5.18 m) in third place followed by Badalamenti in 10th place 16’2″ (4.93 m). The men’s pole vault team is ninth in DI according to USTFCCCA #EventSquad rankings.

While members of the distance squad compete in the 800m and 3000m races in Blacksburg, Tech will also send eight runners to the JDL Camel City Invitational in Winston-Salem, NC on Saturday.

Antonio Lopez Segura is scheduled to make his indoor season debut in the men’s 3,000 meter elite race at 2:17 p.m. on Saturday. He is aiming for his third consecutive national appearance in the 3000m. Lopez Segura is accompanied by a teammate Declan Rymer.

The competition for tech in the women’s 800m elite will be Lindsey Butler, Hannah Balloweand star price. Butler is the 2022 NCAA and ACC indoor champion in the 800m. She won the national indoor championships in a time of 2:01.37. So far this season, Butler has run personal bests of 2:42.32 in the 1000m and 9:27.05 in the 3000m.

The women’s team opened the season in eighth place in the first edition of the USTFCCCA rankings.

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