Leesburg, VA (July 3, 2016) – Tuscarora graduate Fitsum Seyoum will run both cross country and track & field for Virginia Tech beginning the 2016/2017 academic school year.
“My recruiting experience was awesome, said Seyoum. During my recruiting trip with Virginia Tech, I got to experience the life of a college student-athlete for a weekend, which was pretty cool. It felt great to commit to Virginia Tech, and I’m excited to continue my running career with such a great program.”
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, popularly known as Virginia Tech is a public, research university with a main campus in Blacksburg, VA. The commonwealth’s third-largest university offers 225 undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The school is also a research powerhouse, with seven research institutes and two university research centers – including the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Science and the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute – which offer research opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students alike. In it’s 2016 edition of Best Colleges National Universities, U.S. News & World report ranks Virginia Tech #70.
“The strength of the academics, running program, cross country and track teams, and coaching staff were all variables that factored into my decision to commit to Virginia Tech.”
Seyoum’s head cross country coach will be Ben Thomas. Ben Thomas has been Virginia Tech’s head cross country coach and distance coach since 2001. During his time at Tech, the Hokies have emerged as contenders in not only the Atlantic Coast Conference and the NCAA Southeast Region, but also the entire nation. Thomas is extremely familiar with the Hokie program, having competed in cross country and middle distance for Tech from 1987-92.
“My expectations for my first year at Tech are to just adapt well to the training program and enjoy being a part of a great school with an amazing running program.”
Seyoum, the two-time Viva Loudoun All-Loudoun Cross Country and Track & Field selection, has only run as an organized sport for a little over two years. He started running with Tuscarora’s track & field team his sophomore year in high school, and started running cross country his junior year. When asked about his fondest memories of competing as runner over that time, Seyoum shared, “My fondest memories are of all the work I put into training and preparation, and the adversity I had to overcome just to compete. Adversity came in form of injuries during crucial times of the season when the team counted on me most, and getting sick when I was in great shape and having the mental toughness to believe I could still compete under those conditions. Coach Harry will also be someone I will always remember because I could not have done it without him. He was always beside me and helped keep me focused during the most trying of times, and that meant the world to me.”
“I am thankful to God because without him, I would not be here, shared Seyoum. I am also thankful for my family, parents, teammates, and friends for supporting me in everything I do. I am also thankful for the Tuscarora coaching staff for always inspiring me to achieve my goals. I am very thankful for my coach, mentor, and best friend–Coach Harry, for his guidance and teaching me things other than running; not to forget all those car rides to and from practice.”
Asked what advice he’d give others pursuing their dreams, Fitsum responded, “First, cut out all the distractions and be willing to make sacrifices because the glory at the end will all be worth it. Never limit yourself and never let others set limitations for what you can become. If you have a dream, go get it.”
Please join us in wishing Fitsum the very best in his running career and in the classroom at Virginia Tech.
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