Virginia Tech women’s soccer All-American Mandy McGlynn and ACC men’s cross country champion Peter Seufer were selected as the 2020 Female and Male Athletes of the Year and recognized as such at The Gobblers – the Virginia Tech Athletics Department’s end-of-year ESPY-style awards show.
Held virtually early last week because of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Gobblers celebrated the top athletics accomplishments and community success stories by the university’s varsity student-athletes over the past year.
The Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) representatives for each team, head coaches, and staff members from the strategic communications office nominated and voted on most of the awards handed out. SAAC reps and support areas nominated student-athletes for the Golden Gobblers – the top award handed out to a male and female athlete who excels athletically and academically, with also a mindset for service and a motivation to help others – and SAAC reps conducted the final vote.
McGlynn earned second-team All-America honors after stopping 76 shots this past season for a save percentage of 83.5 – the second-best save percentage in a single season at Tech. The Jacksonville, Florida native led the Hokies to 12 wins, and she finished with 10 shutouts. McGlynn departed Tech with a school-record 32 shutouts.
Following the season, the Sky Blue FC drafted McGlynn with the No. 20 pick in the 2020 National Women’s Soccer League Draft. She became just the second player in program history ever to be drafted by the top women’s soccer professional league.
Seufer enjoyed an incredible final campaign with the Hokies, winning the ACC’s individual cross country title for the second consecutive season. He went on to win the NCAA Southeast Region crown, and at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, he finished in fourth place – the top finish ever by a Tech men’s distance runner. He earned All-America honors in cross country for the second straight year.
During the indoor track and field season, the Lynchburg, Virginia native won gold medals in the 3,000- and 5,000-meter races at the ACC Indoor Championships. He won five ACC gold medals in track and field during his career, which concluded before he was able to participate at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
For a complete recap of The Gobblers, please click here or watch the video replay of the show below: