Virginia Tech runner Peter Seufer came in second place at the Adidas Pre-National Meet held Saturday morning at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville, Kentucky. Behind Seufer, the Tech men’s team finished in fourth place in a field that featured eight ranked teams in the latest United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll. Seufer, a redshirt sophomore from Lynchburg, Virginia, ran the 8K course in a time of 23 minutes, 10.4 seconds and finished just two seconds behind winner Rory Linkletter of BYU. Tech’s Daniel Jaskowak came in 13th with a time of 23:25.2, while Neil Gourley and Patrick Joseph finished 42nd and 43rd, respectively. On the women’s side, the Hokies came in 11th out of 43 teams. Katie Kennedy led the Hokies, coming in 50th overall and running the 6K course in a time of 20:44.5. Both Tech squads now take a week in preparation for the main meet of the fall – the ACC Championships. The league’s marquee event will be held Oct. 27 at E.P. “Tom” Sawyer Park in Louisville.
Cross Country • Runner • Redshirt Sophomore • Lynchburg, Virginia
Seufer, the reigning ACC Performer of the Week, continues to enjoy a stellar season, as he finished second at the prestigious Adidas Pre-National Invitational held Saturday morning in Louisville, Kentucky. Seufer ran the 8K course in a time of 23:10.4, setting a career best at that distance for the second time this season – and doing so by a whopping 38 seconds. The redshirt sophomore from Lynchburg, Virginia has finished in the top 15 in six consecutive races dating back to the start of the 2016 season.
Virginia Tech women’s tennis player Natalie Novotna secured the biggest win of her young career when she captured the singles title at the ITA Atlantic Regional held Oct. 13-17 at the Burrows-Burleson Tennis Center on the Hokies’ campus. Novotna, a sophomore from Vysoka nad Labem, Czech Republic, knocked off William & Mary’s Clara Tanielian 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals, and then in the title match, she upset Virginia’s Rosie Johanson 6-1, 6-4. Novotna went into the tournament ranked No. 56 nationally in the ITA rankings, while Johanson came in at No. 34. With the win, Novotna punches her ticket to the ITA Fall National Championships, which will be held Nov. 1-5 in California. As a team, the Hokies next gear up for the Wofford Fall Invite held Oct. 27-29 in Spartanburg, South Carolina.
The Virginia Tech women’s soccer team hadn’t won in more than a month, but the Hokies took care of business Sunday afternoon, knocking off Notre Dame 2-1 in an ACC game played in South Bend, Indiana. With the win, Tech moved to 7-4-4 overall, 1-3-3 in the ACC, while Notre Dame fell to 7-5-3, 3-3-1. Trailing 1-0 in the second half, the Hokies tied the game on a goal by Madi Conyers in the 50th minute. Jordan Hemmen then scored the game winner, which came off a rebound, in the 83rd minute. The Hokies dominated action in the second half, holding an 11-4 advantage in shots and a 9-2 advantage in corner kicks. Tech returns to action Thursday night when it takes on North Carolina at Thompson Field in a game that starts at 7 p.m. The game marks the first of three straight home games for Tech to conclude the regular season.
The Virginia Tech men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams opened the 2017-18 season strong as the Hokies defeated Duke and Florida State on Saturday at Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion in Durham, North Carolina. The Tech women defeated No. 23 Florida State 223.5-129.5 and knocked off No. 20 Duke by a score of 214-139. On the men’s side, the No. 19 Hokies downed No. 20 FSU 194.5-158.5 and defeated Duke 209-144. The main highlight for the women’s team came when Reka Gyorgy, Danielle Griggs and Adriana Grabski swept the top three spots in the 200-yard freestyle. Gyorgy also won the 400 individual medley, and Maggie Gruber and Klaudia Nazieblo went 2-3 in the 100 butterfly. On the men’s side, Lane Stone won two events, besting his competitors in the 1,000 freestyle and the 200 freestyle. Justin Edwards (200 breaststroke) and Michael Craddock (400 IM) also were winners. The Hokies return to the pool Friday, as they serve as hosts to Queens, VMI and the Liberty women’s team at the Christiansburg Aquatic Center. The competition starts at 4 p.m.
Virginia Tech’s Harrison Pierce is a senior on the Hokie men’s swimming and diving squad and an NCAA qualifier last season as a member of the 800 freestyle relay team. The Virginia Beach, Virginia native specializes in the sprint freestyle area, along with the butterfly and the backstroke events, and he answered the following questions so fans could get to know him as more than just a talented student-athlete.
Q: What would be your dream vacation?
HP: Surfing in Costa Rica. Doesn’t need to be fancy or expensive – just a board and some waves.
Q: What’s your favorite place to eat?
HP: Bruegger’s Bagels. Easy – sausage, egg, and cheese on an everything bagel. Don’t forget TOASTED! Nothing better in this world. Period.
Q: What is your favorite city that you've visited?
HP: I got the chance to visit Guatemala City on a mission trip. The culture there is so prevalent and different from ours. Meeting the people there and interacting with them was an amazing experience.
Q: If you could play another sport, what would it be?
HP: Golf! Golf! Golf! Say goodbye to 5 a.m. practice in a freezing cold pool, and say hello to a sunny, 9-hole round game of golf.
Q: Why did you choose Virginia Tech?
HP: The culture here is incredible. We truly are a family-oriented campus and university. We care about each other and live out every day the notion of “No Hokie left Behind.”
Q: If you could live anywhere, where would it be?
HP: North End Virginia Beach.
Q: What type of music are you listening to these days?
HP: Hot Rhythmic on Spotify. Check it out. It’s dank.
Q: If you could trade places with someone for a day, who would it be?
HP: My dog because who wouldn’t want to just nap and relax all day? Plus, he always looks so happy.
Q: What is the talent you’d most like to have?
HP: Being a good dancer. Not going to lie, I don’t have moves whatsoever.
Q: What is your favorite thing about being a Virginia Tech athlete?
HP: Probably the relationships. Whether you’re on the swim team, or lacrosse team, or wrestling, we all respect each other’s sports and the work we each put in day in and day out. It’s that universal grind of student-athletes that set them apart, and we naturally gravitate toward each other in class and on campus. We are all family here at Virginia Tech, and that’s something special.
Mark Lawrence Jr. and Connor Burgess each registered top-20 finishes at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate played at Blackthorn Club in Jonesborough, Tennessee over the weekend. Led by those two, the Hokies finished ninth out of 15 teams in the team competition. Lawrence Jr., a junior from Richmond, Virginia, shot 4-under-par to finish in a tie for 15th place. All three of his rounds were even par or better. Burgess, a freshman from Lynchburg, Virginia, shot 2-under-par for the tournament came in tied for 20th. Tech returns to action in two weeks, as it closes out the fall season at the UNC Greensboro Grandover Collegiate. The two-day event will be played Oct. 28-29 at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The Virginia Tech Athletics Department held the eighth annual Career Jumpstart on Monday evening at Lane Stadium. The event provided current student-athletes who are juniors or seniors the opportunities for to enhance career development skills, while interacting with alumni and professionals to make connections, learning about specific career fields, and enhancing their networking skills. The event consisted of an Industry Info Session that allowed student-athletes to gain insight into various career fields of their choice, a Networking Reception that provided an opportunity for student-athletes to develop and enhance their networking skills, and a LinkedIn Photo Session that allowed student-athletes the opportunity to have professional headshot taken.