BLACKSBURG, Va. – Freshman pole vaulter Victoria von Eynatten became the third Hokie to automatically qualify for the 2012 NCAA Indoor Championship as the Virginia Tech men’s and women’s indoor track & field squads competed on the second and final day of Virginia Tech Challenge at Rector Field House Saturday. Sophomore Frances Dowd (1000 meters), redshirt senior Ryan Witt (1000 meters) and sophomore Madalyn Nuckols (mile) also earned victories.
“This was a good tune up meet for the ACC Indoor Championships next week,” said Tech director of track & field and cross country Dave Cianelli. “I feel like we’re healthy and prepared to compete next week in Boston.”
von Eynatten won the pole vault with a season-best height of 14 feet, four inches (4.37m). Her mark also reset her own school record, set earlier this season, and ranks tied for third in NCAA Division I entering the weekend. She joins All-American men’s weight throwers Marcel Lomnicky and Alexander Ziegler as the Hokies who have qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championship to be held on March 9-10 in Nampa, Idaho.
In addition, freshman Martina Schultze finished third in the pole vault with a season best clearance of 13-10.5 (4.23m) and redshirt sophomore.