Track competes at ACCs

Junior Johnathan Gardner jumps. Gardner came in first place in the triple jump at the ACC Championships jumping 15.82 meters. / Photo by Josh Sandler

Last weekend the Tech Men and Women’s track and field teams traveled to Blacksburg, Va. to compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference Track and Field Indoor Championships.

The men finished in sixth place out of twelve, and the women struggled and finished in twelfth place. Virginia Tech finished first in the men’s competition, and Clemson took home first place on the women’s side.

On the men’s side, junior Johnathan Gardner came in first place in the triple jump with a jump of 15.82 meters. After his outstanding performance on the season, Gardner was named to first team All-ACC. Gardner was the only member of the Tech team to receive this honor.

Freshman sprinter Broderick Snoddy, who is also a running back on the Tech football team, finished fifth in the 60-meter with a time of 6.75 seconds. Snoddy also finished seventh in the 200 meters with a time of 21.33 seconds.

Senior Shawn Roberts finished in second in the 800 meters with a time of 1:51.02. Teammate Zack Fanelty finished just behind him to take third place with a time of 1:51.42. Roberts was also named to third team All-ACC.

Aaron Unterberger came in third place in the pole vault clearing 5.31 meters. Sophomore Jeremy Greenwald, freshman Julian Darden, sophomore BrandonLasater and senior Eric Powers compted together in the men’s distance medley.

For the Tech women, it was not their best performance of the season. Junior Julienne McKee finished fifth in the triple jump with a distance 12.86 meters and finished eighth in the long jump with a distance 5.91 meters.

Sophomore Morgan Jackson, sophomore Christina Pensock, sophomore Rachel Hammond and freshman Caroline Kissel teamed up to finish eighth in the women’s distance medley with a time 12:06.

Sophomre Ama Larbi, sophomore Jamilah Middlebrooks, freshman Donjhae Jones and sophomore Christina Pensock teamd up to compete in the women’s 4×400 relay. They finished in ninth place with a time of 3:49.

The final indoor meet will be the Last Chance Invitational on March 2 in Birmingham, Ala. Then the outdoor track season will begin on Monday, March 15, as the track team will head to Athens, GA. to compete in the Georgia Relays.