NOIRSBOURG – Virginia Tech Track & Field announced the signing of transfer graduate Hayley Horvath, an accomplished pole vaulter and exciting talent from Towson University.
“Hayley is a great athlete with excellent speed who has already jumped over 14 feet,” Assistant Coach Bob Phillips noted. “We are extremely lucky to have her join the jumping group here. She is very motivated and it will be fun to work with her this fall to refine her technique and prepare her for her first season as a Hokie.”
In Horvath’s Towson career, the Princeton, NJ native won four CAA and ECAC conference titles and made history numerous times for the Tigers. Outdoors in 2021, Horvath was named CAA Outdoor Athlete of the Year and became the first Towson athlete since 2018 – and the only pole vaulter in history – to qualify for the CAA Outdoor Championships. NCAA. Horvath’s outdoor personal best (4.27 m/14′ 0″) and indoor personal best (4.21 m/13′ 9.75″) are both classed as school records at Towson.
Horvath is already familiar with the Hokies pole vaulters, having faced them a number of times. The Towson jumper has competed at Rector Field House at least once in the past two years and, in July 2019, finished second in the pole vault at the USATF U20 Championships, as the Hokies’ own. Julia Fixsen took the third.
The addition of Horvath further solidifies the pole vault power that coach Phillips has built at Blacksburg over the past few decades. Phillips has coached athletes to more ACC pole vault titles (38) than any other school in conference history, and recently coached Rachel Baxter to the NCAA Championship in the event.