Hokies ready for second home game of the season

SCHWARZBURG – Virginia Tech Athletics is hosting its second meeting of the year this weekend when 11 schools join the Hokies at Rector Field House for the Hokie Invitational.

The action begins with the heptathlon and pentathlon on Friday morning at 10:30am before the open events begin at 4pm. The competition resumes Saturday at 9:00 a.m. in the unsold men’s pole vault. The two-day meeting will not be broadcast, but the live results will be provided by Flash Results.

Admission and parking are free for spectators. For participants, please review Virginia Tech Athletics’ new immunization announcement and comply with all COVID-19-related guidelines.

The Hokies are joined by 11 other programs this weekend, including seven ACC schools (Louisville, Virginia, Duke, Clemson, Wake Forest, NC State, North Carolina), Tennessee, UNC Charlotte, UCF and Georgetown.

Both men’s and women’s rosters for the Hokies featured heavily in the USTFCCCA national and regional polls last season, and Tech is bringing back 22 All-ACC athletes and 11 All-Americans for this season. The first USTFCCCA rankings of the season are expected to be released on January 24th.

Technical director of athletics David Cyanelli, the reigning ACC Men’s Indoor Coach of the Year, is entering his 21st yearst Saison in Blacksburg.

MEET INFORMATION

Fr. | Hokie download | 10:30 a.m. ET | live results | Events calendar (PDF) | Heat Sheets (coming soon)
Sa. | Hokie download | 9:00 a.m. ET | live results | Events calendar (PDF) | Heat Sheets (coming soon)

ATHLETES TO SEE

ACC Women’s Field Actress of the Week Rebekka Mammel returns to competition after her award-winning weight throw performance at the Virginia Tech Invitational. Mammel threw a throw of 22.15m (72′ 8″) to win the event, a mark that is now ranked 2nd nationally.

Rachel Baxter kicked off her quest for a fourth straight ACC indoor pole vault title last weekend by clearing 4.34m (14′ 2.75″) in her inaugural competition. Baxter’s result is fourth in the nation and first in the ACC so far this season, and she will look to improve her grade this weekend.

Beim Virginia Tech Invitational Kohl Beck took the win in the 60m with a time of 6.67 seconds, which ranks second in the ACC and ninth in the NCAA that year. The 2021 ACC Outdoor 100m champion returns to the event this weekend and will look to continue his strong start to the season.

Freshman Barbora Malíková starts her college career this weekend in the 600-meter dash for the Hokies. The Czech national champion and U20 record holder in the 400m joins the Hokies after representing her nation at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, and Hokie fans could look forward to a thrill as they watch the international athletes compete watch.

LAST TIME-OUT

At the Virginia Tech Invitational, the Hokies impressed with nine event wins in both the men’s and women’s competitions. Five tech athletes are ranked in the top ten in their respective events nationally after first meeting in 2022.

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