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University of Lynchburg Runner Frank Csorba Dies Aged 23

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Frank Csorba, who was a decorated student athlete in track and field at the University of Lynchburg, has reportedly died at the age of 23. Csorba tragically passed away on Tuesday.

A cause of death for the accomplished young runner has not yet been released.

Csorba had helped lead the University of Lynchburg to a NCAA Division III national championship in Virginia Beach in early March this year. He competed alongside Jacob Hodnett, Sam Llaneza and Chasen Hunt.

He was originally from Boydton, a small town in Mecklenburg County. He was born on December 12th, 2000.

On March 2nd, Csorba was named Division III athlete of the week. That designation was made by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

Lynchburg’s distance running program released the following statement on the tragic and unexpected passing of Frank Csorba earlier today,

“It is with extremely heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our brother, teammate, and friend Frank Csorba. Since his first steps on campus, Frank was a light to so many, epitomizing the power of joy in the journey. Through the years, he lifted others to reach the impossible and smiled with every run.

As a champion, warrior, and leader, he fought persistently to continue battling for his team. While we knew and loved our groundbreaking, record-setting national champion, we treasure the beautiful memories we have shared with our brother.”

University of Lynchburg Distance Team

Tragically, this young man was set to compete in the ODAC Outdoor Championships this weekend.

A vigil was held at Shellenberger Field on the campus of the University of Lynchburg on Wednesday.

Already an accomplished member of his community, Csorba’s passing, especially in such an unexpected and tragic fashion, is simply horrible. Our prayers are with his family and loved ones during this tragic time.

Rest in peace, Frank Csorba!

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