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Throwing down

by Juliet Crichton

Virginia Tech junior Irena Sediva has one heck of an arm.

After spending her freshman year in training, the international studies major was eligible to throw the javelin for the Hokies—and throw she did.

In the first meet of her collegiate career, she set a school record.

In her second meet, she broke the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) record, which had stood for 17 years.

And at season's end, she was undefeated.

At the ACC championships in Tallahassee, Florida, Sediva's winning throw not only set Tech, conference, ACC championship meet, and facility records, but also ranks as the NCAA season's best and the 12th-best—among only nine athletes—in NCAA history.

Entering the NCAA track and field outdoor championships in Eugene, Oregon, as the top seed, Sediva saved her best for last. Her final throw surpassed her previous school and ACC record, and Sediva claimed Tech's 15th individual national championship, all in track and field. The third female among seven Hokies to win a national title, she was later named the 2015 ACC Women's Field Performer of the Year.

In mid-July, Sediva finished third at the World University Games in Gwangiu, South Korea, throwing a personal best.

And her next target? The 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Irena Sediva

Going the distance

  • 196'-6" (59.89 meters) • World University Games, July 12 Gwangiu, South Korea
  • 192'-9" (58.76 meters) • NCAA Championship, June 10-13, Eugene, Oregon
  • 185'-8" (56.59 meters) • NCAA East Regional, May 28-30, Jacksonville, Florida
  • 192'-5" (58.66 meters) • ACC Championship, May 14-16, Tallahassee, Florida
  • 190'-4" (58.02 meters) • Florida Relays, April 2-4, Gainesville, Florida
  • 188'-2" (57.35 meters) • Texas Relays, March 27-28, Austin, Texas
  • 183'-9" (56.01 meters) • Prague, June 3, 2014
  • 184'-2" (56.13 meters) • Castellón, Spain, March 16, 2013
  • 188'-4" (57.41 meters) • Ostrava, Czech Republic, May 25, 2012
  • 184'-1" (56.38 meters) • Prague, June 13, 2011
  • 166'-9" (50.82 meters) • Celje, Slovenia, Sept. 11, 2010
  • 149'-8" (45.62 meters) • Bressanone, Italy, July 10, 2009
  • 158'-1" (48.17 meters) • Nitra, Slovakia, June 13, 2009

Statistics provided by the International Association of Athletics Federations and the Virginia Tech Department of Athletics.