Hokie Track Teams Finish Up at NCAA Meet

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The Virginia Tech track & field teams recently competed at the NCAA National
Championships in Des Moines, IA. Although there were some early setbacks that
prevented a higher finish, both the men’s and women’s teams earned valuable
points that will go towards the Directors’ Cup.

The women’s team was a contender to win it all if things fell right, but
they were taken out of consideration early. Their top runner, Queen Harrison,
pulled her hamstring. Harrison had the top time in the nation in the 400-meter
hurdles. She was also a part of Tech’s 400-meter relay team, as well as the
100-meter hurdles. She has earned spots in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the
100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles.

Her teammate, Kristin Castlin, was also out with a leg strain. She was ranked
third in the nation in the 100-meter hurdles.

Harrison and Castlin were two huge losses, but the other members of the squad
managed to score enough points to earn a 31st place finish. Tasmin Fanning
finished sixth in the 5,000-meters, while Kelly Phillips was sixth in the pole
vault. Brittany Prior and Kristen Callan finished seventh and ninth respectively
in the hammer throw. Prior also finished 11th in the shot put.

Despite the good performance, it could have been much better if Harrison and
Castlin had been available.

On the men’s side, Justin Clickett finished seventh in the shot put.
Yavjeniy Olhovsky tied for second place in the pole vault. Matej Muza was fifth
in the hammer throw, and that represented the second time in his career that he
has earned All-American status.

Overall, the men finished in 20th place, a very respectable position.

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