Miami T&F Ready for VT Elite Meet
BLACKSBURG, Va. -- After a strong showing at the New Mexico Classic, Miami's track and field program is back in action this weekend, competing in the Virginia Tech Invitational at Rector Field House.
The meet kicks off Friday at 5 p.m. ET, with the women's mile run opening an extensive slate of running events. Day 1's field events also start at 5 p.m., with the women's long jump. The action starts again Saturday at 11 a.m. ET, with the women's high jump. The first running event on Day 2 starts at 1 p.m., with the women's distance medley relay.
Miami's women are led by some impressive upperclassmen. Alaine Tate, who finished second in both the 600m and 800m a week ago, will try to score her first victory in the 800m as a Hurricane. The junior transfer will also compete as part of the women's 4x400m relay team.
After placing fourth in New Mexico in the women's triple jump with a mark of 40' 9.75", All-American Samantha Williams looks to bounce back in Blacksburg. The senior, who focused solely on triple jump last week, will compete in the triple jump and long jump at Virginia Tech.
Senior Greg Kaczka is one of several male athletes who are expected to shine this weekend. Kaczka, who ran a school-record 4:08.22 mile last week, will compete in the men's mile run and the men's distance medley relay.
Isaiah Simmons leads the men's team in the field events. The redshirt freshman has been outstanding all season in the shot put. Simmons broke Vince Wilfork's nearly 12-year-old record in his first collegiate meet and secured his first career win in the shot put last week at the New Mexico Classic. New Mexico. Simmons' throw of 58' 8" traveled nearly six feet further than last week's second place finisher.
Freshman Duke Johnson who made his collegiate track debut last week in New Mexico, will try to build off his early success. A football standout, Johnson qualified for the 60m final, where he posted a time of 6.98 seconds. Johnson and fellow football star, Phillip Dorsett, will both compete in the 60m dash at Virginia Tech.
Rector Field House hosts all of Virginia Tech's indoor track meets. The facility features a 200-meter, Mondo-surfaced, banked track that is one of the few of its kind in the U.S. This track consistently rates as one of the fastest tracks in the country, thus making Rector Field House a destination for some of the top athletes in the world.