Who was University of Lynchburg runner Frank Csorba?

Who was University of Lynchburg runner Frank Csorba?

Promising young athlete Frank Csorba, a graduate student at the University of Lynchburg, tragically passed away at the age of 23 on Tuesday, April 23, 2024.

Csorba, who was studying public health and had an undergraduate degree in criminology, was a standout member of the men’s cross country and track and field teams at the Virginia university.

Hailing from Boydton, Mecklenburg County, Virginia, Csorba had a successful running career. He had recently won the NCAA Division III national championship in Virginia Beach in early March 2024 as part of the University of Lynchburg’s distance medley relay team, alongside his teammates Jacob Hodnett, Sam Llaneza, and Chasen Hunt. The team set a championship record with a time of 9:47.17.

Csorba’s accomplishments did not go unnoticed, as he was named Division III athlete of the week by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on March 2, 2024. He was the first male from the ODAC to receive this honor, showcasing his talent and dedication to the sport.

The University of Lynchburg community, including the athletics program, expressed their condolences and paid tribute to Csorba on social media following his passing. Both the distance program and the university’s athletics account shared heartfelt messages, remembering Csorba for his leadership, dedication, and positive spirit.

A vigil was held in honor of Csorba on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, at Shellenberger Field, where friends, teammates, and members of the university community gathered to mourn the loss of a talented athlete and cherished friend.

The details of a memorial service for Csorba will be communicated once available, as the campus community continues to cope with the tragic news of his untimely passing.