EUGENE, Ore. – On Day 1 of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Virginia Tech men’s track and field team racked up nine points, highlighted by the pole vault group producing three first-team All-Americans at Hayward Field on Wednesday evening.

For the first time in school history, three pole vaulters placed inside the top eight at the national meet. Redshirt senior Torben Laidig led the way clearing a height of 5.55 meters (18 feet, 2.5 inches) to earn third place, junior Deakin Volz took seventh with a mark of 5.45 meters (17 feet, 10.5 inches) and freshman Joel Leon Benitez finished eighth, clearing the same height as Volz.

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