Bellwood-Antis' Emiley Stapleton will compete in both cross country and track and field at Lock Haven next year, but don't expect her to be overwhelmed. In fact, Stapleton might have more free time than usual.
"She'll do a good job in cross country," Bellwood-Antis girls cross country and girls track and field coach Julie Roseborough said. "I think in track she'll need to find out what events are best for her and concentrate on them. They'll have her settle in on more specific events and concentrate on them, and that will help.
"At Bellwood, she's done whatever the team needed her to do to help the team and competed in a ton of events. In college she'll be able to settle in and improve certain events."
Stapleton said her track schedule will be condensed at Lock Haven - likely limited to the 800 run and the 1,600-meter relay. Stapleton, a four-time Mirror all-star in cross country, has already signed and will begin competition in the fall.
"I like cross country better," Stapleton said. "But in college I'll be doing just my main events so I'm excited for both.
"The coach at Lock Haven said he'd give me a specific workout for my events, and going to college and competing in specific events will help me improve."
Lock Haven cross country and track and field coach Aaron Russell is looking forward to adding Stapleton.
"Emiley has a passion for her running and lot of energy, which made her personality a great draw for us and our team," Russell said. "I feel she has a lot of potential that we can help her develop."
Stapleton is coming off a ninth-place finish at the District 6 Class AA girls cross country meet this season - her best finish during her four-year career. She was 32nd while battling a sickness her junior year, 16th as a sophomore and 20th as a freshman.
"She's just been a very reliable performer for the past four years," Roseborough said. "We could always count on her as far as having a good performance to help the team."
Stapleton was also contacted by coaches at Misericordia University, but she decided to go to Lock Haven because it is close to home, had her major (education) and Lock Haven offered financial assistance.
"The way the coaches have been talking to me, I'll be competing in both cross country and track events right away," Stapleton said.