Nine Hokies advanced out of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship East Preliminaries at the University of North Florida this past weekend and will head to Eugene, Oregon, next week for the national championships. The throwers got things going on the first day with Irena Sediva (javelin), Sabine Kopplin (javelin) and Tomas Kruzliak (hammer) earning berths on day one. The second day saw Brad Johnson (pole vault), Hanna Green (800m), Marek Barta (discus) and Stuart Robertson (steeplechase) advancing. Amanda Smith (1,500m) and Thomas Curtin (5,000m) punched their tickets to Eugene with quality performances on the final day. Two Hokies won their events in the east region — Curtin in the 5,000 with a time of 13:52.05 and Sediva in the javelin with a mark of 185’8” (56.59m).
Four Hokie student-athletes will go behind the scenes of the Virginia Tech Department of Athletics this summer. The Hokie L.E.A.D. Internship program, established through the Office of Student-Athlete Development, is a new initiative that provides Virginia Tech student-athletes with unpaid internship opportunities within the Department of Athletics. L.E.A.D. — which stands for Learn, Experience, Achieve and Develop — will provide real-world experiences for student-athletes interested in careers in intercollegiate athletics. The 10-week program will take place over the summer in order to contend with the demands of student-athletes' academic and athletic schedules during the regular academic year. Student-athletes will also be provided with networking and mentorship opportunities in addition to developing skills necessary to become highly marketable candidates for full-time, part-time or internship positions upon graduation.
For the fourth consecutive year, Virginia Tech student-athletes will visit the Dominican Republic for a Summer I study abroad course, Global Citizen Leadership. The students will work alongside Peace Corp Volunteers, nonprofit and NGO workers to host a five-day sports camp for approximately 60 youth from the community of Veron. The course is a blend of leadership theory, international development, sports and service and is founded on the university motto of Ut Prosim. This year, students from the following teams have enrolled in the course: lacrosse, women’s tennis, football, wrestling, swimming & diving, track & field and softball. While the course runs through the Summer I semester, students will travel May 31 through June 10 and will write about their adventures in a daily blog that will run on hokiesports.com.
Stuart Robertson splashes through the water jump in the grueling 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship East Preliminaries en route to posting a time that qualified him to advance to the national championships next week in Eugene, Oregon.