On Jan. 31, Paonia High School senior Lindsay Russell signed her National Letter of Intent to run for the Western State Colorado University Mountaineers.
"I chose WSCU because they have an amazing track program," said Russell.
"The coaches are wonderful, and their training facilities are top-notch, especially when the new field houses are completed. I can't believe I will finally be able to practice daily on a real track ... WSCU feels like the perfect fit for me."
Russell is a three-year state qualifier for the Eagles and has medaled in numerous individual sprint and sprint relay events. Last fall she trained with the newly-formed Paonia cross country team.Russell thanked her parents, grandparents and coaches, including Brian Mitchem, Scott Rienks, Casey Carney, Kevin Parks, Richard Hypio and Johnna Martin, "as well as my awesome teammates. I would also like to recognize (400-meter state champion) Teresa Bell because she saw something in me and pushed me to run my very first 400-meter dash. She is my biggest inspiration."
Russell will study psychology with an emphasis on clinical counseling, and school psychology. She will minor in art/photography. Russell, who was awarded academic scholarships to all six schools she applied to, was also awarded an academic scholarship to attend WSCU.
Russell is the daughter of Paul and Paula Russell of Paonia. "We believe Lindsay will do very well at WSCU," stated the Russells, "and we can't wait to watch her compete at the college level."blog comments powered by Disqus