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Reaching new heights: open discussion with coach Phillips

BLACKSBURG – Following months of preparation and training fueled by a collective desire to take the Virginia Tech track and field program to new heights, the Hokie coaching staff, led by 16-year coach Dave Cianelli, is optimistic for the new season.

The Hokies open their 2017 campaign in four weeks, as it plays host to the Virginia Tech Invitational on Jan. 13-14, at Rector Fieldhouse, in Blacksburg. Leading up to the two-day event, HokieSports.com will interview each event coach to discuss the excitement, challenges and expectations that await this year.

Most recently, we sat down with pole vault coach Bob Phillips. Phillips’ vaulters are coming off a successful 2016 outdoor season, maybe even the finest in school history. The Hokies claimed the top seven places in the event at the 2016 ACC Outdoor Track and Field Championships, accumulating 28 points toward the team total. Recent graduate Chris Uhle won the gold medal, with Torben Laidig finishing second and Deakin Volz coming in third. The vaulters performances lifted Tech to its second ACC outdoor title and its sixth overall ACC team crown as a program.

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