Indoor Track 2023

First indoor track meet of the season starts today and runs through tomorrow with the Virginia Tech Invitational in Rector.

We have some new faces on the women's side in the sprints so Layla Anderson has some company now. I think this is important because I felt the women's team last year was too heavily focused on the middle distance and they didn't have enough balance to the team.

Also making his college debut is Judson Lincoln IV in the 300m. I'm excited to see how he does this season after winning six national titles in high school.

The start lists are interesting in that there are no currently posted entries in events that were a strength last year such as the women's 800m and Distance Medley Relay. In fact, the only running event that VT is entering on Saturday is the men's 4x400m relay. There is another invite at VT next weekend so I'll be curious to see how the start lists differ from this week to next.

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Good first day for the Hokies.

Some highlights:

-Lindsey Butler returns to the track, but only ran the 3000m where she took 2nd with a time of 9:27.05.
-Star Price and Ava Hassebrock went 1, 2 in the 1000m as did Viktor Idhammar and Declan Rymer (Rymer competed unattached according to scoring) in the men's 1000m.
-Layla Anderson had a day in the 60m hurdles where she won the prelims with a personal best of 8.30 and then won the final with a new PB of 8.28. Transfer from Ohio State, Cierra Pyles had a good prelims taking 2nd but had a DNF in the final.
-Sean Murphy set a PB in the men's 60 meter hurdles with a time of 8.33 in his tune-up meets with the multi events begin.
-Cole Beck did Cole Beck things in the 60 m winning both the prelims and the finals with the same time of 6.66. Central Connecticut St transfer, Ali Diaby took 3rd in the prelims with a PB of 6.761 and then lowered it to 6.71 to take 2nd in the finals. Kahleje Tillmon finished 4th in the final with a time of 6.763.
-Nicole Re and Maxana Grubb both set PB times in the one mile to finish 7th and 10th respectively.
-Layla Anderson continued to have a day in the 300m taking 2nd with a PB of 38.74.
-Kennedy Harrison won the 300m with a PB time of 33.05. Judson Lincoln IV took 2nd in his college debut and Ali Diaby finished 3rd to complete the sweep of the top 3.
-Cierra Pyles finished 2nd in the women's triple jump and Chauncey Chambers won the men's event.
-VT had a good showing in the unseeded pole vault with Erin Kelleher setting a PB of 13'-1.5" to win the women's event and Sean Murphy took 2nd in the men's event at 15'-9". The seeded event will be tomorrow.
-Rebecca Mammel and Sara Killinen picked up where they left off last year to go 1,2 in the weight throw.

Several days slow with this but some day 2 highlights.

1. Men's 4x400 - VT A won without Cole Beck who was with the VT B grouping. The VT A was a foursome of Diaby, Harrison, Green and Lincoln IV while VT B was James, Beck, Murphy and Spotswood. VT B had a DNF so I'm guessing a bad exchange between the two multi athletes running 3rd and 4th who don't typically deal with a baton.

2. Pole Vault Seeded - Julia Fixsen had a good showing and was named ACC field performer of the week with a vault of 14'-7.25".

3. Tyson Jones took 2nd in the shot put.

4. Essence Henderson and Katie Seyfang went 1/2 in the shot put.

5. Caleb Stephens took 3rd in the long jump.

Hokies are back in Rector on Friday.

Thanks as always for your track posts, VTMemory. I'm really looking forward to seeing what VT does this year. I'm particularly excited about Judson Lincoln IV, Kennedy Harrison and Kahleje Tillmon in the sprints, as well as Cole Beck as always. And it sounds like Ali Diaby is going to be valuable addition as well. Should be able to put together some great 4x400s and 4x100s in 2023 with those guys.

It's always a little painful to see him in a Florida uniform, but Jacory Patterson continues to be awesome.

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Couple of performances of note from last week's Hokie Invitational in Rector.

1. Declan Rymer set a PR to finish 5th in the mile with a time of 4:01.83.
2. Layla Anderson appears to be feeling it in the 60m hurdles this year. Won her heat in the prelims and then finished 3rd with a new PR of 8.26 seconds. Cierra Pyles advanced out of her heat and finished 5th in the finals.
3. Cole Beck, Torrence Walker and Ali Diaby all won their heats in the 60m. Cole Beck won the final with a time of 6.64 and Ali Diaby set a new PB in 3rd with 6.66. Torrence Walker finished 5th.
4. Lindsey Butler won the 1000m with a new PB of 2:42.32.
5. Khalil Bedoui took 2nd in the weight throw.
6. Journey Gurley took 2nd in the pole vault with a new PB of 14'-2.5".
7. Freshman Barbora Steifova took 2nd in the weight throw.
8. Welcome to the college 400m Judson Lincoln IV who took the win in 46.5 seconds. Kennedy Harrison was in the same heat and took 2nd with a new PB of 46.74. Ali Diaby took 3rd with a PB time of 47.34. Looks to me like VT is going to have a really strong 4x400 relay.
9. Layla Anderson set a new PB in the 200m to take 2nd in 23.85 seconds.
10. The 4x400 relay of Beck, Green, Spotswood, and James took 3rd.
11. Cierra Pyles won the triple jump.
12. Katrin Brzyskowska took 2nd in the shot put.
13. Aidan Clark, Elijah Bell, and Sean Murphy to 2,3, and 4 in the high jump.
14. Chauncey Chambers won the triple jump.
15. Jacob Rice took 3rd in the pole vault.

I would say that Judson Lincoln is going to be a stud, but it looks like he basically showed up on campus already in full stud mode.

His 46.50 is currently 11th best in the NCAA men's 400m this year, and he's the only freshman in the top 20. Kennedy Harrison isn't too far behind with the 15th fastest time in the country.

NCAA top men's 400m times

Harrison (16th), Lincoln (19th) and Diaby (21st) are all also among the NCAA leaders in the 300m dash, so definitely looking forward to seeing what the Hokies can do in the 4x400 this year!

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The Lenny Lyles Invitational is going on today and tomorrow in Louisville. The sprint, field and multi events are well attended by Hokies. Based on the start list, looks like the distance folks have the weekend off.

Women
1. Layla Anderson - busy woman with the 60m, 60m hurdles and the 200m
2. Cierra Pyles - also a busy woman with the 60m hurdles, long jump (1st time this year), and triple jump.
3. Pole Vault - Emily Connor, Erin Kelleher, and Michal Tocker in the open event. Julia Fixsen, Journey Gurley, Hayley Horvath, and Kenna Stimmel in the seeded event.
4. Shot Put - Katrin Brzyszkowska, Essence Henderson, and Katie Seyfang
5. Weight Throw - Sara Killinen, Rebecca Mammel, and Barbora Steifova

Men
1. 60m - Cole Beck, Chad Blaker, and Ali Diaby
2. 200m - Cole Beck, Chad Blaker, Ali Diaby, and Amir Green
3. 400m - Kennedy Harrison, Maximus James, and Judson Lincoln IV. VT does have a 4x400 team on the entry list, but I can't find who the four are. My guess would be the three in the open 400 plus Beck but TBD.
4. High Jump - Elijah Bell and Aidan Clark
5. Long Jump - Caleb Stephens
6. Pole Vault - Harrison Rice and Jacob Rice in the seeded event with Joey Badalamenti in the open event
7. Shot Put - Tyson Jones
8. Triple Jump - Chauncey Chambers and Caleb Stephens
9. Weight Throw - Khalil Bedoui
10. Heptathlon - Clay Eckert, Sean Murphy, and Jacob Spotswood

4x400 scheduled to be Harrison, Diaby, Beck and Lincoln.

And thank you for your posts about VT T&F!

Day 1 Highlights
1. Layla Anderson had a great day. She finished 6th in 60m prelims and took 4th in the final. She also won her heat in the 60m hurdle prelims and took 2nd in the final.
2. Surprising result in the 60m for the men. Cole Beck finished 10th in the prelims and did not advance. Ali Diaby ran a 6.713 to win his heat in the prelims and good enough for 2nd overall. He did not start the final though so hopefully he didn't suffer an injury.
3. Sean Murphy is currently in 4th in the heptathlon. Jacob Spotswood didn't start so I'm wondering if he is still not 100% after his injury in outdoor last year even though he participated in a few individual events in the two home meets.
4. Women's Weight Throw - Mammel, Killinen, and Steifova took 1,2 and 3 among college athletes and 2,3, and 5 overall. Well done ladies! VT really does have a remarkable ability to recruit and train excellent throwers.
5. Seeded Pole Vault - Kenna Stimmel was the top college athlete and 2nd to VT alum and National Champ Rachel Baxter. Julia Fixsen was 5th overall and 3rd college participant.
6. Men's Long Jump - Caleb Stephens took 2nd.

Day 2 Highlights as of 230 PM

1. Judson Lincoln IV takes the win in the 400m in 46.79 with Kennedy Harrison taking 2nd in 47.15, both going under the previous facility record! Now to see what they do in the 4x400.
2. Women's Shot Put - Freshman Katrin Brzyszkowska putting senior Essence Henderson on notice to take the win with a throw of 55'-2.75" to Henderson's 2nd place throw of 54'-0". Both ladies beat the previous facility record. Katie Seyfang finished 8th.
3. Cierra Pyles takes 2nd in the triple jump at 42'-4" and both she and winner Riley Ammenhauser of Michigan beat the previous facility record.

Thats a wrap from Louisville.

-Cole Beck took 2nd in the 200m. Diaby had another DNS so I'm thinking he may be nursing an injury.
-Layla Anderson won her heat in the 200m to finish 5th overall.
-Aidan Clark took 2nd in the high jump.
-Harrison Rice took 4th in the seeded pole vault.
-Tyson Jones took 3rd in the shot put.
-Chauncey Chambers won the triple jump and Caleb Stephens finished 4th
-4x400 set a new facility record to win the event in 3:09.89 to close out the day. Assuming Diaby did not run so I'm not sure who the alternate was. Live timing only showed the original entry group and VT T&F twitter has not commented on the win.

Hokies will be back in action next weekend with some folks traveling to the Camel City invitational in Winston-Salem while others stay home for the Doc Hale Virginia Tech meet.

Based on the write up in hokiesports, diaby did run the 4x400 so whatever happened in the 60m must not have been too serious.

I thought the 4x400 team had a chance to take down the indoor school record of 3:07.64 yesterday. Obviously they didn't, but I still think that's a realistic goal this season.

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I do too. Im excited to see what they do.