April 8, 2011
Several Tech athletes receive national strength and conditioning honor
The Notebook
   Six Tech student-athletes were received All-American Strength and Conditioning Athlete of the Year honors by the National Strength and Conditioning Association on March 31. The NSCA awarded 247 collegiate and high school athletes from 96 schools with this award, which recognizes student-athletes’ dedication to strength and conditioning.


The list includes football standouts John Graves and David Wilson, basketball player Terrell Bell, softball catcher Courtney Liddle, women’s soccer star Jennifer Harvey, and baseball standout Michael Seaborn.

 Graves increased his bench press from 350 pounds to 425, and he recorded a front squat of 420 pounds during his last testing. He also lifted 341 pounds in the power clean and 360 pounds in the push jerk. His 36-inch vertical jump is a record for a Tech defensive tackle.

 Wilson was the fastest football player in recent testing, recording a time of 4.29 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He also led the team in the 10-yard sprint (1.63 seconds) and the NFL shuttle run (3.85 seconds).

 Harvey and Seaborn both have earned Elite status in Tech’s strength and conditioning program on three occasions. Harvey – who has been accepted to VCU’s medical school – holds the women’s soccer record with 27 pull-ups, while Seaborn recorded a 275-pound bench press, a 405-pound front squat and a 32.5-inch vertical jump in recent testing. He also had 41 dips.

 Bell recorded a 300-pound bench press and a 385-pound back squat in recent testing. He also had a 38-inch vertical jump.

 Liddle finished with a bench press of 150 pounds and a squat of 230 pounds in the most recent testing. She also had a 21.5-inch vertical.

 The NSCA All-American Athlete of the Year Award program is in its 32nd year and is made possible by a grant from Power Systems, Inc.

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