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Virginia Tech men win 2nd ACC indoor track championship
DAVE KNACHEL | Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech’s William Mulherin celebrates his victory in the 3,000 on Saturday in Blacksburg at the ACC Indoor Track & Field championships.
Sunday, February 24, 2013
BLACKSBURG — The Virginia Tech men’s indoor track and field team won its second Atlantic Coast Conference championship Saturday at Rector Field House.
The Hokies finished in first place with 153 points, followed by Florida State with 136 points and Clemson in third with 91 points. North Carolina placed fourth with 75 points and Duke rounded out the top five with 52 points. The University of Virginia finished in seventh in the men’s rankings with 38 points.
In all, the Hokies earned first-place finishes in seven events. Tihut Degfae won the 800-meter race over Georgia Tech’s Shawn Roberts by one one-hundredth of a second.
William Mulherin won the 3,000-meter event and Thomas Curtin won the 5,000-meter.
Grant Pollock, Eric Hoepker, Martin Dally and Mulherin teamed up to give the Hokies a tight victory over Virginia in the distance medley.
Jeff Artis-Gray placed first in the long jump and Alexander Ziegler broke the ACC record in the weight throw. Stephan Munz took the pole vault with a height of 17 feet, 9 inches.
Clemson won the women’s title by finishing with a final score of 141 1⁄2. Florida State finished second in the women’s as well with a score of 100, followed by Duke in third with 82 points, North Carolina State in fourth with 61 1/2 and Maryland wrapping up the top-five with 59 points. Virginia finished in seventh with 46 points and Virginia Tech finished in ninth with 36 points.
INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD
Roanoke women win title
LYNCHBURG — Roanoke edged Washington and Lee for the ODAC women’s team title at the league meet at Liberty University on Friday.
Roanoke and W&L were tied entering the final event, the 1,600-meter relay. Roanoke won the relay in a meet-record 3:59.58 to claim its second straight league title. W&L was second in the race and thus finished second in the team standings by two points.
Roanoke’s Carmen Graves (Christiansburg) was named the female athlete of the meet. Roanoke’s Finn Pincus was named the women’s coach of the year, and W&L’s Lauren Schultz was named female scholar-athlete of the year.
Graves won the 800 in a meet-record 2:16.80 and won the mile in a meet-record 5:07.85. She was also part of the winning 1,600-meter relay team.
Roanoke’s Esther Prempeh won the 60 meters in a meet-record 7.93 seconds. The W&L women won the distance medley relay in a meet-record 12:58.54.
Other winners were Roanoke’s Alexis Janney in the 200, Roanoke’s Alease Kinney in the 400, W&L’s Jillian Katterhagen in the pole vault and W&L’s Molly Oritz in the 3,000.
Lynchburg won the men’s team crown, wit W&L fifth and Roanoke seventh.
VMI splits in Chattanooga
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — VMI split Saturday’s contests, defeating Southern Illionois-Edwardsville 32-12 and falling to host Tennessee-Chattanooga 36-3.
The Keydets (2-15, 2-5) earned wins in eight of 10 weight classes against Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (5-18, 1-5). VMI’s Mark Darr earned a technical fall over Adam Osmoe in the 165-pound class with a score of 15-0. Urayoan Garcia pinned Josh Wood in 6:23 to cap the scoring for the Keydets.
Andriy Onufriyenko earned a 9-8 decision over Marvin Lopez in the 133-pound weight class to score VMI’s only points against Tennessee-Chattanooga (10-6, 6-0). Tennessee-Chattanooga earned a pair of pins, a technical fall and a major decision against VMI.
W&L places eighth
BALTIMORE, Md. — Washington and Lee finished eighth in the Centennial Conference Championships hosted by Johns Hopkins.
Ursinus won the championship by finishing with 113 points. Johns Hopkins placed second with 98 points, followed by McDaniel with 48 points. W&L finished with 14 points on the tournament.
Tyler Kaelin finished fourth in the 141-pound class and Grant Cokeley placed fourth in the 285-pound class.
Cavaliers win sixth straight ACC title
GREENSBORO, N.C. — Virginia’s women’s swimming and diving team earned its sixth straight and 11th total Atlantic Coast Conference championship Saturday night at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Virginia finished with 832 points, followed by Virginia Tech in second place with 536 points and North Carolina closing out the top-three with 508 points.
Lauren Perdue, who finished first in the 200-meter freestyle and second in the 50 and 100 events, was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Swimmer for the third time in her career.
The Cavaliers also earned victories from Kelly Offutt in the 500 and 1,650 freestyle, Courtney Bartholomew in the 100 and 200 backstroke, Ellen Williamson in the 200 individual medley and a team win in the 800 freestyle relay.
Virginia Tech earned wins in five events as Heather Savage won the 100 butterfly, Weronika Paluszek took the 200 breaststroke, Kaylea Arnett won the 1-meter dive, and team wins in the 200 and 400 medley relays.
VMI men place fourth in CCSA
ATHENS, Ga. — Radford placed 10th and VMI finished 12th in the women’s events, while VMI placed 4th in the CCSA Championships at Gabrielson Natatorium.
Florida Gulf Coast won the women’s title with 712 points, followed by Liberty University with 609 and Georgia Southern with 482 1⁄2. Radford finished in 10th with 117 points and VMI finished in 12th with 47 points.
Davidson College won the men’s title with a final score of 906 1/2. College of Charleston placed second with 833 1/2 points, Gardner-Webb came in third with 732 points and VMI finished fourth with 280 points.
Hokies split home opening series
BLACKSBURG — No. 24 Virginia Tech fell to Temple 7-3 in the first home game of the season, but followed it with a 7-5 win over Holy Cross.
In the first game, Temple (1-2) used a three-run eighth inning to take a 5-2 lead over the Hokies and tacked on a pair of runs in the ninth inning to secure the win. Derek Peterson led the Owls with three RBI while three different Hokies drove in a run.
In game two, the Hokies jumped out early on Holy Cross (0-1), scoring three in the first inning, including a two-run homer by Tyler Horan. Holy Cross tied it up in the third inning, but Mark Zagunis hit a solo home run in the bottom half of the inning to give the Hokies the lead again. The Crusaders scored a run in each the fourth and fifth innings, but Virginia Tech answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to take a 7-5 lead.
Virginia 5, Toledo 0
CHARLOTTESVILLE — No. 25 Virginia (6-0) stayed hot with a win over Toledo (1-3), thanks to a four-run eighth inning.
Brandon Downes provided the offensive highlight of the day for the Cavaliers by belting a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Downes also scored the opening run of the day on an RBI-triple by Kenny Towns in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Scott Silverstein struck out four batters over 6 1⁄3 innings for the win and Whit Mayberry also struck out four batters in a 2 2⁄3 inning save.
Radford takes two from Kennesaw State
KENNESAW, Ga. — Radford (4-1) handed Kennesaw State (4-2) its first losses of the year, defeating the Owls 5-3 in game one and 4-2 in game two.
In game one, Jeff Kemp hit a solo home run in the first inning and added an RBI single in the third inning to help the Highlanders to victory. Chris Coia scored twice and Tyler Costello earned the win on the mound.
In game two, Radford got off to a quick start by scoring three runs in the first inning. Josh Gardiner scored on a passed ball and Alexander Lee and Hunter Higgerson drove in a run each. Kemp hit his second home run of the day with a solo shot in the third inning.
Michael Boyle earned the win on the mound with six strikeouts in 5 2⁄3 innings of work.
VMI 6, Buffalo 4
LEXINGTON — Jordan Tarsovich’s two-run double highlighted a three-run sixth inning that helped VMI earn its first victory of the season, 6-4 over Buffalo (2-3) at the VMI Tournament.
Ray Lopez also had a two-RBI performance for the Keydets (1-4), including a sacrifice fly that scored the eventual winning run.
Reed Garrett struck out eight over six innings of work for the win and John Garrett struck out three over two innings for the save.
Roanoke takes both in doubleheader
Roanoke (4-4) earned a pair of wins over Maine-Presque Isle (1-7), winning 21-4 in the opener and 6-2 in the second game.
In the first game, Mark Manthe (Blacksburg) hit a grand slam to put Roanoke up 10-1 and the Maroons tacked on more to take 15-1 lead after three innings. Nick Sburlati (Blacksburg) crossed the plate three times for the Maroons.
In the second game, Aaron Burton (Patrick Henry) and Boonewell Hagy drove in two runs each as the Maroons scored five runs in the second inning.
Jacob Clifton (William Byrd) finished with a 6-for-6 performance combined across the two games. Cameron Holshouser (Glenvar) earned the win in the first game, Tyler Grouten was credited with the win in the second.
Southern Va. splits with Va. Intermont
BRISTOL — Southern Virginia halted a four game four-game skid by defeating Virginia Intermont 7-2 in the second game of a doubleheader.
In the first game, the Cobras (8-2) won 8-1 as starting pitcher Justin Hutton’s ERA for the season remained a spotless 0.00 after the win. The offensive highlight came on a two-run triple by Virginia Intermont’s Tyler Richardson, who ended up scoring on the same play from a throwing error.
In the second game, Southern Virginia earned a 7-2 win as Barrett Price drove in a pair of runs. The Knights (6-4) scored three runs in each the second and fifth innings to build a comfortable 6-0 lead before the Cobras struck for two in the bottom of the sixth. Thomas Rudd struck out six batters in the win.
Virginia Tech 5, Jacksonville State 1
KENNESAW, Ga. — Lauren Gaskill drove in a run in each the fourth and fifth inning as Virginia Tech (10-1) downed Jacksonville State (5-7) at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial hosted by Kennesaw State.
Kelsey Mericka, Dani Anderson and Amanda Ake drove in a run each for the Hokies. Anderson walked three times on the day.
Maggie Tyler struck out four and allowed just one hit over four innings for the win. Kelly Heinz allowed just one hit and struck out four over three innings for the save.
The Hokies were also scheduled to play Campbell, but the game was cancelled because of inclement weather.
Virginia 13, Stony Brook 7
STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Mark Cockerton scored five goals and Matt White added three goals and three assists as the Cavaliers (3-0) opened up a close game after halftime and put away the Seawolves (1-2).
Jeff Tundo led Stony Brook with two goals and two assists and Mike Andreassi added two goals.
Virginia outshot Stony Brook 55 to 16.
St. Joseph’s 10, VMI 3
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. — Mike DeBlasio, Russell East and Eric Groleau each scored for VMI (0-4) as they trailed by only two in the fourth quarter, but the Hawks (2-1) scored five times in the last nine minutes to ensure the Keydets remained winless on the young season.
Josh Cavanaugh scored twice for St. Joseph’s, which had eight other players record single goals.
St. Joseph’s outshot VMI 31-24.
Roanoke 13, Kenyon 5
Richard Lachlan scored six goals, moving him into sixth all-time in goals scored in Roanoke College history with 143, as the Maroons (1-1) easily defeated the visiting Lords (0-2).
Tyler McWilliams and Mike Hayden also chipped in a pair of goals apiece for Roanoke, which outshot Kenyon 51-28.
Will Lowe led Kenyon with two goals in defeat.
Ferrum 14, Huntingdon 6
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Ethan Wakefield scored three goals and Will Walter added two goals and two assists as the Panthers (2-2) defeated the Hawks (2-3).
Goalie Josh Liptak recorded six saves for Ferrum.
Branden Sewell led Huntingdon with three goals and two assists.
Virginia Tech 18, Coastal Carolina 8
CONWAY, S.C. — Megan Will, Brooke Martin and Kelly Naslonski each recorded four points as the Hokies easily put away the Chanticleers, ending a four-game road trip with two wins and two losses.
Will led Tech with three goals and an assist while Naslonski had two goals and two assists and Martin recorded four assists.
Lily Yednock, Rachel Ferrara, Sara Nolan and Paige Timberg each recorded two goals for Coastal Carolina.
Virginia Tech outshot Coastal Carolina 31 to 17 for the game.
Christopher Newport 9, Washington and Lee 8
NEWPORT NEWS — Ashton Marshall scored the third of her three goals with 46 seconds remaining to give the Captains a thrilling victory over the Generals.
Catherine Klinedinst, Amelia Murcott and Meade Brewster led Washington and Lee with two goals apiece.
Kylie Chaplin added two goals for Christopher Newport, which was outshot by W&L 33 to 16.
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