The Virginia Tech dynasty continues with the men’s and women’s teams winning both 2023 ACC Indoor Track and Field Championship titles. The men’s team picked up their third-straight title with 110.5 points, and the women claimed their second-straight title with 93 points.
The wins at the indoor championships mark the program’s 19th and 20th ACC track and field championship titles.
The men’s team has won five of the last seven ACC Indoor Championships. The women’s team has won three of the last four indoor conference titles.
Day Three of the championships served up one of the most dramatic finishes in conference history as the Virginia Tech women waited for the results from the final heat of the 4x400m relay. Second-place Duke looked to run away with the crown as they led the race, but a last- minute drop of the baton let the Hokies claim victory
These victories also secured Tech two more points in the Smithfield Commonwealth Clash with UVA to tie it up 6-6, as Tech Athletics looks to defend that title once again this year.
Victoria Gorlova and Cierra Pyles started the day for the Hokie women by placing first and second in the triple jump, providing 18 points for the team’s score. In the women’s shot put, freshman Katrin Brzyszkowska finished third with a mark of 16.19m. Essence Henderson finished fifth with a distance of 15.95m.
On the track, Lindsey Butler and Hannah Ballowe earned second-team All-ACC honors finishing fourth and sixth in the 800m. Butler crossed the finish line with a season-best time of 2:04.31, and Ballowe followed behind clocking in at 2:06.12.
Ava Hassebrock placed fourth in the mile with a time of 4:40.99. Layla Anderson placed fifth in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.27.
Conner McClure, Jacob Rice, Harrison Rice, Joey Badalamenti, and Jake Spotswood helped Hokies secure the victory for the men by placing five within the top eight in men’s pole vault, adding 26.5 points to the team’s score. McClure won the event by clearing an ACC season-best height of 17′ 7.75″ (5.38m). Jacob Rice placed second with a height of 17′ 3.75″ (5.28m), followed by Harrison Rice in third ((17′ 0″ (5.18m)), Badalamenti in seventh ((16′ 8″ (5.08m)), and Spotswood in eighth ((16′ 8″ (5.08m)).
Senior Chauncey Chambers jumped 51′ 9.75″ (15.79m) on his first attempt of the day in the men’s triple jump to finish fourth and earn second-team All-ACC honors.
Sprinter Cole Beck earned two first-team All-ACC honors by placing second in the 60m (6.60) and third in the 200m (20.62). Kennedy Harrison took bronze in the men’s 400m, clocking a time of 46.48.
In the men’s mile, Viktor Idhammar and Declan Rymer added four points to the men’s score placing sixth and eighth, respectively. Idhammar crossed the finish line with a time of 4:01.95, Rymer followed close behind with a time of 4:02.58. Senior Antonio Lopez Segura ran a season-best time in the men’s 3000m, finishing third at 7:51.52.
The top three finishers in each individual event at the championships earn first-team All-ACC honors while those placing fourth through sixth are second-team All-ACC. First-team All-ACC honors also go to each member of the winning relay teams with members of each second- and third-place team earning second-team recognition.
The 2023 NCAA Indoor Championships will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico March 10 and 11.