that said, but congrats, 5th place is still an incredible finish!
"This no more resembles that than something unlike something else resembles that." - Loosely quoting PHNC
The depth is coming, though. The number of qualifiers was impressive, and spread among the field events, sprints and distance. They key is getting the volume of qualifiers. If you only have 3 guys qualify, only 3 guys can score, but if you have 15 qualify, your chances are simply getting better.
When we were scoring all of our points on the throws - big deal, that isn't a track team - but now, the balance is starting to get there, while maintaining dominance in the throws.
They key is more depth in the sprints, to be able to score relay points. The fact that we set a school record in the 4x100, and finished 13th - that shows how far we need to go in the sprint depth.
However, Hammond wasn't far off of more points in the 1,500, and a couple of field events were extremely close to reducing that 17 point gap. We may have been 50% short in points, but we had people close to scoring, or scoring more.
Right now, men's track is the closest sport we have to a contender, but a few years ago, so was women's. It can fall off pretty quickly, too.
Clemson has been recruiting Virginia and the DMV hard for a few years. Miami was doing the same and even had some nice transfers for a while. Virginia is a great state for track and field.
It's interesting to see how far back the ACC was as a conference in team points this year. Virginia Tech had to carry the conference once again.