Patrick Joseph Makes Strong International Impression


Sept 22, 2012; Blacksburg, VA, USA; A general view of the fans during the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Bowling Green Falcons at Lane Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Joseph entered the collegiate ranks a sa fairly accomplished high school long distance runner with sucess at major meets. Joseph was a two time champion in the 800 meters while also placing third in the 2013 Penn Relays in the mile. The native of Leesburg, Virginia had tons of success at the high school level for Loudon County High School and proved that he was a top quality long distance runner who could potentially contend for bigger victories in the future.

Joseph was redshirted during the indoor track season before getting his chance to gain some experience this past spring during the outdoor season. However, Joseph was still a fairly unknown runner but someone who defintiely had the potential to make a big time impact still in Blacksburg despite not making much noise.

This summer, Joseph has definitely made some noise.

Patrick Joseph got his chance to compete in the USATF Junior Championships and he took advantage of this small stage. Joseph ran a 3:49.76 in the men’s 1500 meters to win the USATF Junior title in the men’s 1500 meters. On top of that, Joseph earned a spot in the IATF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.

Those championships just happened this past week and while Joseph was unable to replicate the success he had at the USATF Junior Championships in the 1500, Joseph still had some mild success. Joseph set a new personal record in the 1500 with a time of 3:49.00 that was .36 seconds away from qualifying himself for the finals in the men’s 1500 meters.

Patrick Joseph has a very bright future in track and field and the Hokies’ coaches will hope to turn him into a NCAA champion over his next three years in Blacksburg.