Martina Schultze: 2014 ACC Women’s Performer of the Year


Nov 16, 2013; Blacksburg, VA, USA; Virginia Tech Hokies mascot on the field before the game at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

The Virginia Tech Hokies Women’s track and field program has shown a lot of potential not only in field events but also in some of the long distance events with multiple athletes qualifying this past season for the outdoor NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The Hokies had one athlete in particular who stayed on top of the ACC in her event and proved that she could contend for a NCAA title as a senior.

German pole vaulter Martina Schultze was named the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Year after another strong track and field season indoors and outdoors. Schultze finished third in Eugene at the NCAA Championships in the pole vault which made her a First Team All-American for the 2014 outdoor season. Schultze became the second woman in ACC history to also win three straight outdoor titles in any even while Schultze also now is a two-time ACC indoor pole valut champion.

Now, Martina Schultze will have one main goal and that will be to win a national title next year after winning the ACC outdoor pole vault title all three years of her career. Schultze will look to finish her sweep of outdoor pole vault titles in her collegiate career while also making sure she is at her best at next year’s NCAA Championships. Schultze definitely has the potential and the most important thing for her will be to avoid injuries during the offseason and the indoor season.

However, Schultze will probably enjoy being honored as the ACC Women’s Field Performer of the Year for now.