Tech Enjoys Success From Day Two of the VT Challenge

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech's track & field teams concluded their fifth and last team meet before next weekend's ACC Championships today. Several Hokies won, broke school records and PRed on the second day of the Virginia Tech Challenge.

Tech's men's and women's 4x800-meter relay teams posted wins. The women's team consisted of Meredith Brooks (So., Burke, Va.), Natalie Sherbak (Fr., Virginia Beach, Va.), Kristin Hart (Fr., Harndon, Va.) and Jessica Fanning (Fr., Charlottesville, Va.). They had a 3,200m relay time of 9.18.42 for the win over James Madison's and Marshall's teams.

Billy Berlin (Fr., Midlothian, Va.), Brian Markley (So., Lovettesville, Va.), Alex Johnson (Jr., Phoenix, Ariz.) and Matt Miller (Fr., Harrisonburg, Va.) defeated Virginia Intermont and Duke in the men's 3,200m relay with a time of 7.38.67. Their time ranks fifth in Virginia Tech's all-time performance list.

The Hokies' women's 4x400-meter relay finished in third place out of 21 competing teams in 3:47.85, which is the second fastest time in Virginia Tech history.

Tech's No. 22 men's team was well represented today. Ryan Norwood (Sr., Cheyenne, Wyo.) finished in second place in the shot put with his third NCAA provisional qualifying mark of the season and new school record of 60'9.50" (18.53m). According to Trackshark.com, Norwood currently ranks sixth in the NCAA division I and second in the ACC with his mark.

Sven Hahn (Jr.-Tr., Stutggart, Germany) threw an NCAA provisional mark of 60'9.25" (18.52m) for third place in the shot put event. Hahn is the seventh ranked men's shot put thrower in the nation and third in the ACC. Steve Huntzinger (So., Fairfax, Va.) set a personal best in the event with his eighth place throw of 56'10" (17.32m).

Jordan Price (Fr., Newport New, Va.) was Tech's top runner in the 200 and 400 meters. He had a season best time of 22.37 in the 200m for a 20th place showing out of the 81-runner field. In the 400 meters, he placed 19th out of the 62 runners competing in a season best time of 50.00.

Kyle Guglielmo (Fr., Virginia Beach, Va.) finished in 39th place in the 800 meters with a time of 1:58.05. David Atkiss (Sr., Hatfield, Pa.) ran the 3,000 meters in 8:44.17 for 25th place out of the 70-runner field.

On the women's side, Jackie Nicholson (Sr., Clayton, N.J.) PRed in the 200 meters with 25.02, which is a new season best for Tech. Her time was the 13th best time out of the 84 runners competing in the event. Marie Giles (Sr., Hampton, Va.) ran the 400 meters in 56.38 for a fifth place showing. Giles recorded the seventh best time in the ACC.

Tina Tremmel (Jr.-Tr., Dossenhem, Germany) took 14th place in the one mile while Jenn Dietz (So., Springfield, Va.) was 26th in the 3,000 meters.

Tech multi-event athletes, Saskia Triesscheijn (Jr., Berlin, Germany), Katie Campbell (Jr., Bristol, Va.), Gunild Kreb (Jr.-Tr., Winterbach, Germany) and Stephanie Myers (Fr., Manassas, Va.), competed in several events today. Kreb finished 28th in the 400 meters and 33rd in the long jump, Campbell took 37th in the 800 meters and Triesscheijn cleared 5'2.25" (1.58m) in the high jump.

The Hokies are ready for their first Atlantic Coast Conference indoor track and field championships next weekend which will be held at North Carolina.

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