Specializing in observe paying off for Virginia Tech sprinter and Blacksburg grad Cole Beck | School

BLACKSBURG — Walking away from football has paid dividends for former Virginia Tech running back Cole Beck.

The Blacksburg High School graduate had been juggling two sports with the Hokies, but he gave up football last summer to focus on track and field.

Last month, the two-time Timesland boys athlete of the year won the men’s 100 meters at the ACC outdoor track and field championships. He became the first Hokie to ever win the ACC title in that event.

“I knew if I just put one [sport] down, I would succeed,” Beck said in a recent interview. “The decision has paid off.”

The junior won the event in 10.11 seconds, breaking the school record.

“At 60 meters, I knew I won. I could feel it,” he said. “I was like, ‘Holy cow, it’s coming to life, what I’ve been wanting.’”

Later in the month, Beck qualified for the NCAA outdoor championships in the men’s 100 with his 12th-place finish at the NCAA East meet. He broke his own school record with a time of 10.10 seconds. He is only the second Hokie who has ever qualified for the NCAAs in that event.

Beck will compete in the NCAA championships Wednesday in Eugene, Oregon.

“I love the feeling before you get to the [start] line and everyone’s cheering, everyone’s talking and [the starter] pulls a gun out and says, ‘Runners to your mark,’ and it goes quiet and it’s all eyes on [the runners],” Beck said.

Leave a Comment