Virginia Tech Roundup: Track and Field, Women’s Lacrosse, and More

There’s a lot going on with spring sports right now at Virginia Tech. Here’s an update.

Women’s Golf: The women’s golf team made their first NCAA regional in the short three-year history of the program, and they finished 10th in the 18-team field at the Austin (TX) regional. Only six teams advance, so the Hokies are done for the year, but the experience was critical for the young program, and they will score points for Virginia Tech in the Director’s Cup rankings.

The Hokies were very competitive in the first two rounds of the three-round competition, shooting 288 (par) and 293 (+5) in the first two days, but they slid to 307 (+19) on day three and finished +24 for the tournament, 18 strokes out of 6th place with a total of 888.

For more details on how individual golfers did, click here.

Women’s Lacrosse: Much like the women’s golf team, the Hokies lacrosse team will be making their debut in the NCAA championships. Two years ago, at the end of the 2016 season, the Hokies were losers of 27 straight ACC games. They hired John Sung to coach the program, and two years later, they set a second consecutive program record for wins (13-6), and on Sunday, they found out they made the 27-team NCAA bracket.

The lacrosse team will start play in the NCAAs against Georgetown on Friday afternoon at 3 PM, in Raleigh, NC. For information on the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Lacrosse Championship, click here, and for the story of Virginia Tech’s remarkable turnaround under Sung, click here for an article by Jimmy Robertson.

Track and Field: The ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships begin Thursday morning in Miami, and will take place over three days. Virginia Tech is the defending champion on both the men’s and women’s sides.

Of note: the ACC Championships aren’t all that’s at stake here. If either VT team (men’s or women’s) finishes ahead of their counterparts from the University of Virginia, the Hokies will win the all-sports Commonwealth Clash for the second year in a row. Given that Virginia has such a strong all-around athletics program, a second-straight Commonwealth Clash victory would represent a noteworthy achievement.

For the Commonwealth Clash standings, click here, and for all kinds of information on the ACC Championships, how they’re structured, and where to watch, click here and click here.

Softball: The Virginia Tech softball team is the No. 10 seed in the 10-team ACC Tournament, and on Wednesday, they knocked off No. 7 seed Duke 4-0. The Hokies (23-29, 7-16 ACC regular season) advance to face No. 2 seed Pittsburgh (31-17-1, 16-6 ACC) on Thursday at 5 PM. The game will be televised on regional sports networks and on the WatchESPN platform.

For more details on the victory over Duke, click here.

Baseball: The Hokie baseball team traveled to Morgantown Wednesday and lost to West Virginia 10-5 in a game that was an uphill battle all the way. WVU led 7-0 after three innings, and the Hokies never got closer than 8-5 in the 7th inning, eventually giving up two more runs for the loss.

Virginia Tech will host Miami for a three game series this weekend (May 11-13), and the weather should be pretty good. Highs will be in the mid-80s, with a slight chance of rain each day.

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  1. Will et al, it would be interesting to have an analysis on how additional “Olympic Sports” like women’s golf and others will impact the Sears Cup numbers. I did not get out and cheer on the ladies here in Austin but was following the matches in real-time from time to time. Weather was very nice. There are at least 500 Hokie alums in this town so do hope some support was on hand.

    Thanks in advance. A.H.

    1. We’ll definitely do that, when we post the final Director’s Cup rankings in June.

  2. Wow. Can’t remember there ever being so much to report on in the spring, especially such good news. Thanks Will, appreciate the Olympic updates.
    Also of interest, the Men’s Lacrosse Team lost in the round of 8 to Michigan State in SLC, Utah after a come from behind win over BC in the round of 16.

    1. Yep, thanks for the men’s LAX update. It was getting late, and I didn’t have time to look it up.

  3. We are a Women’s sport college. Football just something we do in the fall.

  4. Good write up with the less heard of sports and status. I try to follow the other sports and had notice the quick take off of Women’s golf and the improvement of the Lacrosse team.

    GO HOKIES!!!

  5. Too bad Cole Beck Norris can’t run this meet…we’d be a shoe-in in the 100 and 200 meters.

    1. LOL. Actually, his personal best in the 100 meters (10.37) would have been fourth last year — not bad.

      ACC Outdoor T&F Results, 2017 — 100m dash
      1. Charleston, Cravont, North Carolina St. 10.07
      2. Davenport, Michael, Virginia Tech 10.28
      3. Hines, Nyheim, North Carolina St. 10.34
      4. Taylor, Isaiah, Miami 10.40
      5. Lee, Winston, Syracuse 10.44
      6. Pride Jr., Troy, Notre Dame 10.47
      7. Clarke, Edward, Florida State 10.48
      8. Gunnz, Zachary, Georgia Tech 10.49

      His personal best in the 200m (21.28) would have finished outside the top 8 (the scoring positions). The No. 8 finisher had a time of 21.17.

      Just watched an interview with Cole on MileStat (a pay web site) and he said the big thing he has to work on is his starts.

      1. Puts the hyberbole over Cole’s speed in perspective….(lol…I know the kid is an outstanding HS talent). As he himself has stated, he needs to work on initial acceleration. Same applies in football. The first burst up to 5 yards is the most important just as quickness to change direction and vision to see gaps.
        We’ll see if he can work on those aspects to become more than a kickoff specialist.

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