|Hokie Invitational Successful in Day Two|
Blacksburg, Va.- After a successful day in day one, the 49ers continued its success in the final day of the Hokie Invitational.
"It was a working weekend for us," said Coach Robert Olesen. "Working on race fitness for runners, technical elements for field eventers. It was the kind of work that needs to be done mid season. We didn't achieve any school records but a lot of good solid performances winning three out of the four horizontal jumps and placing highly in a number of others. We are shrugging off the winter break disruption in routine and making some good forward progress as we near the midpoint of the indoor season."
T’Sheila Mungo finished in fifth in the 400m putting in a 56.00 performance. Christopher Tate put in a season best performance in the men’s 400m placing second with a 48.95 time.
Anthony Bynum improved his season and career best in the 200m being the top collegiate finisher. Bynum sat in fourth on the all-time list heading into the weekend for the 200m. Bynum finished second in the event and moved to third on the all-time list with a 21.36 performance.
Rachel Miller, Tianna McHenry and Carolina Casin-Silva finished in the top ten in the 600m event. Miller was the top finisher for the 49ers finishing in fourth (1:35.72), McHenry followed Miller in sixth (1:39.86), and Casin-Silva finished in ninth (1:41.67).
The men’s 4x400m relay squad put in a season best time placing third in the event with a 3:18.80 performance.
Joann Blakney took home first place in the women’s long jump leaping 5.77m (18’11.25) in her first attempt. Evelyn Putman finished in ninth clearing 5.37m (17’7.5). Trey McRae put together back-to-back jumps of 7.09m (23’3.25) to place second in the men’s long jump. Coye Still tied his season best with a 6.89m (22’7.25) and a fifth place finish.
McRae and Still finished tied for third place finish in the men’s high jump clearing a season best 2.02m (6’7.5) for both athletes.
Kevin Calhoun followed up his record setting performance last week with a similar vault. Calhoun finished tied for sixth in the pole vault clearing 4.83m (15’10) and inch lower than last week.
The 49ers return back to action next week splitting the squad and heading to Clemson, S.C. for the Bob Pollock Invitational and Winston-Salem for the JDL Hilton Invitational on Jan. 31-Feb 1.