Nine Hokies earn All-ACC honors in indoor track & field

BLACKSBURG, Va. - Nine Virginia Tech track & field athletes earn All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors for their performances at the 2005 ACC indoor championships. The top three finishers in each event at the championships are All-ACC indoor track and field recipients.

\"I am proud of these athletes for the way they competed and represented Virginia Tech at our first ACC championship meet,\" said head coach Dave Cianelli. \"Spyridon Jullien dominated the weight throw, Brian Mondschein won his third conference title, and the women\'s distance medley relay was the most exciting race of the meet. To earn three ACC titles and have nine All-ACC performers was a great start for our program in the ACC.\"

All-ACC member Spyridon Jullien (Jr., Athens, Greece) won the men\'s 35 lb. weight throw with a new conference meet and facility record at the championships. This is Jullien\'s third weight throw and fifth conference title.

Brian Mondschein (Jr., Hummelstown, Pa.), the men\'s pole vault ACC champion, received All-ACC honors. Mondschein earned his third conference title in the pole vault.

Ryan Norwood (Sr., Cheyenne, Wyo.) got the All-ACC nod for his third place finish in the men\'s shot put. Norwood has been named to five all-conference track and field teams in his Hokie career.

On the women\'s side, Natalie Sherbak (Fr., Virginia Beach, Va.), Victoria Green (Jr, Chesapeake, Va.), Meredith Brooks (So., Burke, Va.) and Jessica Fanning (Fr., Charlottesville, Va.) were all honored by the ACC as all-conference members for winning the distance medley race at the conference championships. Fanning, an all-region and All-ACC cross country runner, ran the last leg (1,600 meters) of the relay and won the race in the last 20 meters. This is Tech\'s first distance medley relay conference title for the track and field program and the Hokie women\'s first indoor relay conference champion since Tech won the 4x400m at the Atlantic 10 indoor championships in 1999.

Erin Mahony (So., Virginia Beach, Va.) tied for third place in the pole vault securing her first all-conference honor.

Tamara Burns (Jr.-Tr., Elm Creek, Neb.) acquired her All-ACC honor for finishing third in the 20 lb. weight throw event. MO< Up next for Jullien, Mondschein, Norwood and Burns along with teammates Sven Hahn and Kristen Callan is the NCAA indoor championships on Mar. 11-12 in Fayetteville.