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Virginia Tech Men's Track and Field

2000 SCHEDULE

INDOOR

Date Event

Location

Jan. 15 VT Select (unscored)

Blacksburg, Va.

21-22 VT/Pepsi One Invitational

Blacksburg, Va.

28-29 USAirways Invitational

Johnson City, Tenn. (ETSU - Host)

Feb. 4 VT Pentathlon Invitational

Blacksburg, Va.

5 VT Select (scored)

Blacksburg, Va.

11-12 Kroger Valentine's Invitational Blacksburg, Va.

19 Atlantic 10 Championships

Kingston, R.I. (URI - Host)

26 Last Chance Meet

Blacksburg, Va.

Mar. 4-5 IC4A Indoor Championship

Boston, Mass. (Harvard - Host)

9-11 NCAA Indoor Championship Fayetteville, Ark. (Arkansas - Host)

Mike Donahue was Tech's top long jumper last season.

OUTDOOR

Date Event M 31-A 1 Raleigh Relays Apr. 7-8 Duke Invitational

14-15 Sea Ray Relays 22 Spring Gobbler Invitational

26-29 Penn Relays May 6-7 Atlantic 10 Championships

13 James Madison Invitational 20-21 IC4A Outdoor Championship June 1-3 NCAA Outdoor Championship

Location Raleigh, N.C. (N.C. State - Host) Durham, N.C. (Duke - Host) Knoxville, Tenn. (UT - Host) Blacksburg, Va. Philadelphia, Pa. (Penn. - Host) Blacksburg, Va. Harrisonburg, Va. (JMU - Host) Princeton, N.J. (Princeton - Host) Durham, N.C. (Duke - Host)

Home meets in BOLD

CONTENTS

Outlook ..................................................................... 2 Coaches Profiles ...................................................... 3 Championship Team Photos/Roster ......................... 4 Profiles .................................................................. 5-8 Track-Football Feature/Records .............................. 9 Indoor Year in Review/Best Marks ...........................10 Outdoor Year in Review/Best Marks .......................... 11 Awards/Honors/All-Americans ............................... 12 Atlantic 10/IC4A/Big East ....................................... 13 History and Qualifying Standards .......................... 14 Athletic Administration/Support .............................. 15 Facilities ................................................................. 16

HOKIE QUICK FACTS

UNIVERSITY INFORMATION Location ................................................................ Blacksburg, Va. Founded ................................................................................ 1872 Enrollment .......................................................................... 25,000 Conference ................................................................... Atlantic 10 Nickname ........................................................................... Hokies Colors ............................................ Chicago maroon, burnt orange President ............................................................... Charles Steger Director of Athletics ..................................................... Jim Weaver Senior Associate Athletics Director ................. Sharon McCloskey

TRACK & FIELD INFORMATION Men's Track Coach ............................................. Russ Whitenack Men's Cross Country/Distance Coach ....................... Steve Taylor Men's Assistant Coach - Pole Vault ............................ Bob Phillips Secretary .................................................................... Joyce Wynn Men's Track Office ................................................ (540) 231-5037

MEDIA GUIDE CREDITS

The 2000 Virginia Tech men's track and field media guide is a publication of the Virginia Tech Sports Information Office, written to assist the working media and designed to aid media members in their coverage of Virginia Tech men's track and field. The guide was written by sports information graduate student assistant Jason Dowdy and was edited by Dowdy and associate SID Anne Panella. Design and layout out were done by Dowdy and Panella. Actions shots were provided by David Knachel and Woody Veasey; head shots by the University Photo Lab. Other contributions were made by Bryan Johnston and Jessica Riston. This guide was printed by Southern Printing Company of Blacksburg, Va. A special thanks to the Tech track and field staff for its assistance.

ON THE COVERS

Featured on the front cover (from left to right) are Brian Hunter, Erick Kingston, Tim Ralph, Darryl McCoy and Kevin Walker.

On the back cover are juniors Ben Dowdy (left) and Chris Seaton. Seaton is the returning Atlantic 10 indoor 5,000-meter champion. Dowdy finished third in the same event.

SPORTS INFORMATION

Sports Information Office Phone .................... (540) 231-6726 Sports Information Fax ................................... (540) 231-6984 Virginia Tech Sports Hotline ........................... (540) 232-3719 Virginia Tech Sports on the Internet ..... Sports Information Director .................................. Dave Smith Associate SID .................................................... Anne Panella Assistant SIDs .... Bryan Messerly, Mike Montoro, Dave Knachel

TRACK & FIELD CONTACT Jason Dowdy -- Graduate Student Assistant Office Phone: (540) 231-2228 Home Phone: (540) 961-7035 Email Address: jadowdy@vt.edu

MAILING ADDRESS 364 Jamerson Athletic Center Jason Dowdy Blacksburg, VA 24061-0502

VIRGINIA TECH 1 TRACK & FIELD

THE OUTLOOK

Hokies Hope To Make Mark at NCAA Level

As Virginia Tech heads into its final year as a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, the men's track and field team has every intention of going out on top. Under the guidance of head coach Russ Whitenack, the program has won every A-10 championship it has competed in. Led by an experienced group of upperclassmen and talented newcomers, the Hokies have set their goals even higher. Tech has hopes of winning the IC4A title and making an impact at the NCAA level.

"The team goal this year is to dominate the conference and to win IC4As," Whitenack said. "It will be hard to replace some of the guys we lost, but I don't see where we will lose any points, and that would make us the best team in the East."

All-America hopefuls Erick Kingston, Brian Hunter, Eddie Boes and Andr? Davis will be leading the way on Tech's road to glory.

"These guys all have an outstanding chance to go to NCAAs," Whitenack said. "I think when the season is over they will each be All-Americans."

SPRINTERS AND HURDLERS Led by six-time conference champion Davis, the sprint

corps looks stronger than ever. Fellow football player Larry Austin will join Davis in the speed events.

Clinton Edwards, Andrew Lessner and freshman Chris Eicholtz bring depth in the 400. Kevin Walker is Tech's top hurdler. He will be looked upon to provide a threat in the 60H, 110H and the 400H. The Hokies also will tap into their pool of talented 400 runners to fill the spots on their traditionally strong 4x400 relay team.

JUMPERS Darryl McCoy heads up a strong contingent of Hokie

jumpers. McCoy will be looked to for points as well as added depth in the sprint events. Jarrett Ferguson and Mike Donahue, who are both past A-10 champions, are expected to dominate the conference. Atlantic 10 medallist Genesis Ridley will once again compete in the high jump.

MIDDLEDISTANCE

Atlantic 10 champion Paul Hayes is back to defend his 1,500meter conference title and lead a deep group of middle distance

Eddie Boes will help launch Tech to a new level in the throwing events.

runners. Matt Taylor, Todd Grignon, and Eric Necci will join Hayes to defend their indoor conference title in the 4x800.

Newcomers Kevin Rhue and Ali Najjar were among the nation's best high school runners and should make an immediate impact on the young Hokie middle distance crew.

DISTANCE

Senior Brent

Carter brings

experience in the

distance ranks, while juniors Ben Dowdy and conference champion Chris Seaton add extra

Andr? Davis used his speed to help Tech to two A-10 conference titles and a trip to the Sugar Bowl in football.

talent. Matt Krycinski is an IC4A qualifier but may be

challenged by freshman Jason Hettenbaugh for the team's top

position in the steeplechase. Newcomers Jason Griscom and

Pete Linder should also add to the mix.

VAULTERS/MULTI EVENTS Brian Hunter, Tech's only representative at both the indoor

and outdoor NCAA Championships, will be aiming even higher in the pole vault for the 2000 season. Hunter leads veteran vaulters Jason Abbott and past all-conference performer Nathan Bath in one of the Hokie's most solid single events.

The team's most versatile athletes can be found performing in the pentathlon and the decathlon. Adam Bowser, an IC4A qualifier, Paul Strano, the A-10 decathlon champion and IC4A qualifier Justin Griffee represent Tech in these grueling events.

THROWERS Quite possibly the deepest group of the team are the Tech

throwers, and there is no doubt Whitenack will be looking to his five seniors for leadership. All-American Erick Kingston leads the team in the hammer and the weight throws. Eddie Boes will provide skill and high marks in the discus and weight events. Mike Leslie and Dan McGrath should battle as Tech's top shot putters, and Tim Ralph will add depth in nearly every throwing event.

There is no doubt that this year's squad is well rounded. Whitenack has aspirations for the team to rise to the challenges and give his men the utmost confidence as they prepare to move into the BIG EAST Conference a year from now.

"We're going to have to be a lot better," Whitenack said. "We are going to have to recruit better and be better athletes. We are going to have to prepare for much tougher competition in the BIG EAST."

VIRGINIA TECH 2 TRACK & FIELD

THE COACHES

RUSS WHITENACK ? Head Coach

In 27 years, the one constant in the Virginia Tech men's track office is the sign on the head coach's door, which still reads "Russ Whitenack." Since taking the reins in 1974, Whitenack has built the Tech program into a competitive one through his leadership and perseverance. The 2000 season will mark Whitenack's 29th year with the Hokie men's team. He served two years as an assistant coach before being elevated to the head job prior to the 1974 season. In addition to being the men's coach, he also guided the women's team for 10 years prior to the arrival of former women's coach Lori Taylor. A 1969 graduate of the University of Tennessee, Whitenack was a member of the Volunteers' All-America 440-yard relay team. UT won three Southeastern Conference team championships during his four years on the squad. He served for one season as a graduate assistant at Tennessee and three

years as coach at Palmetto Junior High in Miami before coming to Tech in 1972.

During Whitenack's tenure, the Tech program has produced 19 All-Americans, including current coach Steve Taylor. He led the Hokies to two Metro Conference indoor championships, one in 1993 and one in 1994, and he was chosen by his peers as Metro Coach of the Year during the 1992 outdoor season and again following Tech's 1993 indoor championship. For the past three years, the Hokies have dominated the Atlantic 10 Conference, capturing both the indoor and outdoor titles each year. Whitenack was named the A-10 indoor and outdoor coach of the year for each of those victories. He also received the Walt Comrack Award for excellence in coaching from the Virginia Military Institute in 1997.

Whitenack and his wife, Judy, have one son, Jon, who is 19 years old. In his spare time, Whitenack enjoys outdoor activities, especially kayaking, boating and jet-skiing.

STEVE TAYLOR ? Men's Cross Country Coach

Steve Taylor is in his ninth season as head cross country coach and distance coach. Taylor has guided the cross country team to two Atlantic 10 titles in addition to earning Coach of the Year honors for the victories in 1996 and 1997. Taylor also has had a big impact, coaching the distance runners on the Hokie track team. Eight of his runners have earned track and field all-conference honors in the past three years. Taylor was an All-American in both cross country and track while an undergraduate at Tech. He paced the 1987 cross country team to a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Championships, placing ninth in the individual competition. Taylor was inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame last fall for his accomplishments as an athlete.

Taylor also was involved in professional road racing. He participated in the 1991 World Championship marathon in Tokyo and the 1995 World Marathon Cup in Athens, Greece. He was named an alternate to the 1992 U.S. Olympic team after placing sixth at the `92 Olympic Trials.

In 1988, Taylor graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in education with a sport management option. He coached at Cave Spring High School in Roanoke for two years and at Lord Botetourt High School in nearby Daleville for one year before returning to Blacksburg in 1991.

A native of St. Mary's, W.Va., Taylor was West Virginia's Track Athlete of the Year for three consecutive seasons during his high school days. He is married to Lori McKee Taylor, the head coach of the women's cross country team. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing and mountain biking.

BOB PHILLIPS ? Volunteer Coach

Bob Phillips, a native of Baltimore, Maryland, is a Hokie in the true sense of the word. He received three degrees from Virginia Tech, was a member of the track and field team and coaches the athletes competing in the pole vault event.

Phillips received his bachelor's in physical education at Tech and then went on to receive his master's and Ph.D., in accounting as a Hokie.

Phillips, a 1980 All-American in the pole vault, will continue his tenure as a Hokie this season, coaching quite possibly the best group of pole vaulters Tech has ever had and should literally take them to new heights.

HEATHER SLIVKA ? Trainer

Heather Slivka is in her fourth season and her second full-time as the track and field program's trainer. Slivka plays a vital behind the scenes role, keeping the athletes out of the training room and on the track. Her duties include injury prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. Slivka became a Hokie after receiving her undergraduate degree in exercise physiology with a specialization in athletic training in 1996. She received her master's in community health education from Tech in 1997 and is currently working on a Ph.D.,

in curriculum and instruction specializing in health. She received her official certification as an athletic trainer in 1996.

Following the completion of a new training room in Rector Field House, Slivka and her staff of student trainers relocated there. The new training room provides a more convenient location for the team by having the training staff and the state-ofthe art equipment in the same building where the team meets for practice. Her staff includes 10 student trainers and Marianne Rubinburg, a graduate assistant who will be responsible for women's soccer and softball.

VIRGINIA TECH 3 TRACK & FIELD

THE ROSTER

Name

Cl.

Jason Abbott

Jr.

Larry Austin

Jr.

Nathan Bath

Jr.

Edward Boes

Sr.

Adam Bowser

So.

Adam Breslin

Fr.

Brent Carter

Sr.

Brian Coffield

Fr.

Mark Dalessio

Fr.

Andr? Davis

Jr.

Mike Donahue

Jr.

Ben Dowdy

Jr.

Clinton Edwards

So.

Chris Eicholtz

Fr.

Jarrett Ferguson

Jr.

Justin Griffee

Jr.

Todd Grignon

Jr.

Jason Griscom

Fr.

Paul Hayes

So.

Joshua Hasson

Fr.

Eric Hessler

Fr.

Jason Hettenbaugh Fr.

Giff Hummel

So.

Brian Hunter

So.

Emmett Johnson So.

Erick Kingston

Sr.

Matt Krycinski

Jr.

Event(s) Pole Vault Sprints Pole Vault Throws Multi-Events Hurdles Distance Distance Hurdles Sprints Long Jump Distance Sprints Sprints Jumps Multi-Events Middle Distance Distance Middle Distance Sprints Throws Distance Throws Pole Vault Sprints Throws Distance

Hometown Poquoson, Va. Norfolk, Va. York, Pa. Manassas, Va. Scotch Plains, N.J. West Chester, Pa. Athens, W.Va. Norcross, Ga. Marlton, N.J. Niskayuna, N.Y. Barrington, R.I. Roanoke, Va. Richmond, Va. Centerville, Va. Goodview, Va. Frederick, Md. Burke,Va. Swedesboro, N.J. Dillsburg, Pa. Fort Thomas, N.J. Montvale, N.J. Lima, N.Y. Lewisburg, Pa. Chesapeake, Va. Chesapeake, Va Stafford, Va. Woodbridge, Va.

Name Ken Lampert Mike Leslie Andrew Lessner Peter Lindner Darryl McCoy Daniel McGrath John Majeski Matt Mayard Ali Najjar Eric Necciai Robert Pauley Kevin Rhue Jeff Ridgeway Genesis Ridley Chris Seaton Justin Smoak Patrick Sobecke Richard Stark Paul Strano Matt Taylor Marcus Tepaske Matthew Thomas Ryan Thomas Jason Towery Philip Van Sant Kevin Walker Patrick Walton

Cl. Event(s)

Hometown

Fr. Middle Distance Norfolk, Va.

Sr. Throws

Fairfax, Va.

Sr. Middle Distance Hunt Valley, Md.

Fr. Distance

Williston Park, N.Y.

So. Jumps/Sprints Roanoke, Va.

Sr. Throws

Marietta, Ga.

Fr. Pole Vault

Middletown, N.J.

Fr. Throws

Pawcatuck, Conn.

Fr. Middle Distance Hyattsville, Md.

So. Middle Distance Mt. Airy, Md.

Jr. Middle Distance Daleville, Va.

Fr. Middle Distance Virginia Beach, Va.

So. Jumps/Hurdles Richmond, Va.

Jr. High Jump

Petersburg, Va.

Jr. Distance

Richmond, Va.

Fr. Multi Events

Fremont, Calif.

Fr. Throwers

Springfield, Va.

Fr. Pole Vault

Silver Spring, Md.

So. Multi-Events

Toms River, N.J.

Jr. Middle Distance Colonial Heights, Va.

So. Pole Vault

Freehold, N.J.

Fr. Distance

Sewickley, Pa.

Fr. Sprints

Richmond, Va.

Fr. Distance

Leesburg, Va.

Fr. Throws

Bridgewater, Va.

Jr. Hurdles

Pamplin, Va.

So. Pole Vault

Pataskala, Ohio

The 1999 Indoor and Outdoor Conference Champions

The indoor conference champion Virginia Tech Hokies pose for a team picture with the first-place trophy.

After dominating the Atlantic 10 in outdoor for the third straight

season, the track and field team paused for a picture with all of their awards, including the championship trophy.

VIRGINIA TECH 4 TRACK & FIELD

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