Lewis and Kitley bring the Golden Gobblers home on Tuesday night
Virginia Tech student-athletes gathered inside the Moss Arts Center for The Gobblers on Tuesday night. Held in person for the first time since 2019, The Gobblers celebrated the athletic accomplishments and community successes of the university’s varsity student-athletes over the past year.
An honor for two student-athletes (one male and one female) who have excelled in competition, in the classroom and in the service of others, and embody the true definition of a Hokie.
Lewis showed remarkable perseverance in the 2021-22 season, becoming the first wrestler from Virginia Tech to advance to the NCAA Finals for the second time. In addition to his NCAA silver medal, Lewis won a second ACC title, while also receiving various conference and state honors. While specializing in human development, Mekhi Lewis makes an impact off the mat by using his NIL offerings to donate to his New Jersey community, truly embodying the Hokie spirit.
Kitley had a historic 2021-22 campaign for the Hokies, earning ACC Player of the Year, All-ACC First Team, All-Defensive Team and AP All-Third Team honors. America. Additionally, she was recognized for her all-round performance as a student-athlete when she was named the ACC Kay Yow Scholar Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Year. Kitley held a 4.0 GPA while winning the Virginia Tech All-Academic Team and Scholar Athlete awards. Her leadership and high character left an invaluable impact on the women’s basketball program and she truly embodies the values of the ultimate Hokie.
An honor for a man and a woman who led their team to notable sporting successes throughout the season.
Lewis’ 2021-22 season ended with a 24-2 overall record, an ACC championship and a host of other conference accolades. Lewis made Virginia Tech track and field history this season as the only Tech student-athlete to advance to the NCAA Finals twice, while also being the only Hokie to be voted a wrestler of the year of the ACC twice during his career.
In her final indoor season with the Hokies, Rachel Baxter set pole vault records to win NCAA and ACC gold medals. She is the only student-athlete in ACC history – male or female – to win four consecutive boardroom pole vault titles and only the fourth female in ACC history to win a test four consecutive years. The senior became just the third Hokie to make The Bowerman watchlist, putting herself in contention to win ‘The Heisman of Athletics’. For her efforts this season, Baxter was named ACC Female Performer of the Year and USTFCCCCA Southeast Female Athlete of the Year.
The Gobbler for Championship Performance of the Year is awarded to an outstanding performance in the playoffs, in an ACC or NCAA championship competition.
Men’s Basketball winning the ACC Championship
Virginia Tech won its first ACC title in program history by winning four games in four days at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The Hokies won the championship, knocking out the No. 2, No. 3 and No. 1 seeds, including an 82-67 victory over Duke in the title game, the biggest margin of victory against the Blues Devils in the history of the series. Tech became the lowest seed (#7) to win the ACC Tournament.
The best upset gobbler recognizes a Virginia Tech team that stunned the opposition and silenced the haters, causing an upset.
Men’s football knocks out No. 1 Marshall
In just the second game of the season, men’s soccer defeated the defending national champions, No. 1 ranked Marshall. Trailing 2-0 at halftime, the Hokies came back, scoring three unanswered second-half goals to knock out the top-seeded team and earn the program’s fourth win against a No. 1-ranked team.
The Best Performance Gobbler rewards the best competitive performance of the year.
Football beats Virginia, 29-24
With interim head coach J.C. Price leading the Hokies, the Virginia Tech football team beat rivals UVA 29-24 in Charlottesville, retaining the Commonwealth Cup. Tech rushed for 320 yards and handed Virginia its fourth straight loss, marking Tech’s 17th win against UVA in their last 18 meetings. The win also qualified the Hokies for a berth in the bowl.
The Gobbler for Sports Moment of the Year recognizes an inspiring or memorable performance by a student-athlete or team, on or off the playing surface.
Mekhi Lewis advances to the NCAA Finals for the second time in his career
A year after a season-ending injury, Mekhi Lewis became Virginia Tech Wrestling’s first two-time national finalist. After winning a conference title and the ACC Most Valuable Wrestler award, Lewis advanced to the NCAA Finals at his new 174 weight class after pinning No. 3 seed Michigan.
This award spotlighted an athletics staff member who had the drive to positively impact our student-athletes and moved Virginia Tech Athletics toward excellence.
Deputy Director of Sports for Production and Media, Jed Castro served Virginia Tech’s athletics department for more than 15 years. When asked to describe Jed’s contribution to this department, his staff members shared “Jed has been instrumental in creating and fostering an inclusive culture within HokieVision and overall. of the external communications group. He lets us know that we are valued and heard. From his years of experience as an undergraduate student to full-time employee and department head, he is truly a Hokie and makes sure that coming to work every day feels like home, because after all, it is home.
The Gobbler for SAAC Member of the Year is awarded to a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The SAAC is a leadership group of student-athletes representing all teams who come together throughout the year to positively impact the student-athlete experience.
Dover became the organization’s president in 2021. In his senior year, Dover played a major role in leading the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, which hosted the first ‘Unite and Rise’ walk and the student leadership group Unity through Awareness. Dover has also worked on several SAAC-related community outreach projects, setting up a bone marrow registry in partnership with Project Life Movement and assisting with the Adopt-A-Family initiative, which raised more than 4,200 $ for SWVA Boys and Girls Club children.
This award is given to a student-athlete who has significantly increased their athletic performance.
Over the past year, Beck has returned to ACC sprint competition, becoming the first man in Virginia Tech history to win the 100-meter title at the ACC Outdoor Championships in 2021 and to winning gold in the 200 meters at the 2022 ACC Indoor Championships. Beck also won the 2022 ACC Championships men’s track MVP.
Both of these honors are given to a male and female student-athlete who didn’t miss a beat in their rookie campaign, which had an immediate impact on their team.
In his freshman year, Danny Flores caught the eye of professional coaches and scouts, starting all 19 games he was available for. Flores had one goal this season, scoring against Notre Dame with a minute remaining in the first overtime period and securing victory for his team. After the season, Flores was invited to the MLS combine, named to the All-ACC Freshman team and ranked No. 3 freshman in the country by Top level football.
Malikova placed second in the women’s 400 meters at the 2022 ACC Indoor Championships, earning eight points to help the Hokies tie Duke for the team title. At the end of her first indoor season, Malikova holds the No. 2,600 meters, No. 3,400 meters, and No. 9,800 meters times in school history.
These awards (one male and one female) are selected by Hokie Fuel staff.
Powell has a positive influence on the nutrition of her teammates and other student-athletes. She consistently makes refueling a priority, stopping at the Oasis after lifts and practice, and heading to the Student-Athlete Performance Center before work or study hall. Cera actively participates in team nutrition discussions and never fails to put a smile on our Oasis workers’ faces.
Gerardi has been a fantastic nutritional influence and leader for his teammates and fellow student-athletes. He leads by example, taking an “all foods suitable” approach to refueling and is a positive and supportive presence in the Oasis and Student-Athlete Performance Center. He has also volunteered with the Hokie Fuel team to learn about performance nutrition and work in sports nutrition.
An ACC award that honors those who have fully embraced our university’s motto and who have dedicated countless hours to selflessly serving the community.
Matt Zambetti (men’s soccer)
Riley Hayden (lacrosse)
Frank Thompson (Men’s Tennis)
Sarah Shackelford (women’s swimming and diving)
Dave Whitfield (men’s athletics)
Virginia Tech Men’s Football
An award chosen by each team’s strength coach, this award is given to the student-athlete who unquestionably embodies the standards, morals and principles that our department represents. They must work hard, be consistent, mentally and physically strong, and be a role model for their teammates.
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(Men’s swimming and diving)
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