Winter Spartan athletes graduating on to their next season

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Winter Spartan athletes graduating on to their next season

From left to right, seniors Chase Kappeler, Sarah Coleman, and Hope Stephens pose for a picture on their signing day. All three are to run: Kappeler at Virginia Tech, Coleman at Vanderbilt, and Stephens at William and Mary.

From left to right, seniors Chase Kappeler, Sarah Coleman, and Hope Stephens pose for a picture on their signing day. All three are to run: Kappeler at Virginia Tech, Coleman at Vanderbilt, and Stephens at William and Mary.

Courtesy of Sarah Coleman

From left to right, seniors Chase Kappeler, Sarah Coleman, and Hope Stephens pose for a picture on their signing day. All three are to run: Kappeler at Virginia Tech, Coleman at Vanderbilt, and Stephens at William and Mary.

Courtesy of Sarah Coleman

Courtesy of Sarah Coleman

From left to right, seniors Chase Kappeler, Sarah Coleman, and Hope Stephens pose for a picture on their signing day. All three are to run: Kappeler at Virginia Tech, Coleman at Vanderbilt, and Stephens at William and Mary.

Ryan Brewer, Managing Editor

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Student-athletes this time of year are juggling college applications with their weekly practices and competitions, however, a few elite athletes have already committed to college: track and field athletes Sarah Coleman (Vanderbilt), Chase Kappeler (Virginia Tech), Hope Stephens (William and Mary) as well as basketball players Molly Sharman (Mary Washington) and Alyssa Morroni (Randolph College).

It requires a huge commitment to continue to compete at the colligate level, and for many of these athletes it has been a long time coming.

“Growing up I always wanted to play basketball in college,” said senior Sharman.

Whether committing for college was a dream realized at a young age or forged from their love of their sport all of these athletes had to face many trials before they reached their goal.

“It was difficult getting noticed while I was injured. Colleges want to see improvement and when you’re not able to run its hard to show them the work you’ve put in,” said senior Coleman.

Stephens had a similar experience struggling with injuries.

“I have had a number of injuries during high school which have prevented me from running as fast as I wanted to,” said senior Stephens.

As many students researching colleges will understanding: finding the right fit can be a difficult task. Adding an athletic component creates another layer of difficultly for student athletes.

“I was looking for a school where I could improve both athletically and academically; as well as a place where I knew I would be happy,” said senior Kappeler.

Finding the right fit can be a struggle, but it is instrumental for an athlete’s success. College is not only an opportunity to continue to participate in the sport that you love, but also a chance to achieve life long dreams.

“I would love to continue my running career beyond the collegiate level, and I believe Vanderbilt gives the best opportunity to,” said Coleman.

The unknown that comes with college can be daunting for some athletes.

“I am most nervous about leaving the comfort of my teammates that I’ve been playing with all my high school career and having to adjust to a new team and new girls,” said Sharman.

Although there is some uncertainty, it is also exciting for other athletes.

“I am excited for the personal freedoms that will come with running in college,” said Kappeler.

The student-athletes may be splitting ways to go to different schools, but they always share one thing in common: a love for what they do.

“I love the joy of competing as well as the ups and downs of running,” said Stephens.

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