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April 20, 2014
By: Scott Keyes

Breckenridge's Olling heading out west to Arizona State to run for Sun Devils


Nearly 300 area athletes sign National Letters of Intent to move on to next level

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Scott Keyes

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Breckenridge's Kirsten Olling will not have to deal with Mother Nature's winter wrath for at least the next four years. She will trade in her winter boots for sandals, as she officially signed her National Letter of Intent with Arizona State University.

"This is definitely a big step for me, and it's definitely what I want," Olling said. "When you want to race against the best runners in the country, you want to do it at a school and a conference that is considered one of the best. I am proud of the decision that I made."

Olling, a four-time Division 4 state champion in cross country and a three-time state champion in the 3200-meter run in track and field, will run for  Meridian graduate Ryan Cole.

"To be able to run in the PAC-10 is pretty exciting," she said. "I really like the team and the coach. This [right fit] is something I've been looking for for a long time, and I'm glad I found it at Arizona State."

Olling had narrowed down her choices to Arizona State and Michigan State, and a visit to Tempe helped seal her decision.

"It's going to take a little getting used to in the beginning, I think, but overall I think it's perfect for me," she said. 

Olling’s personal best time in the cross country 5K distance is 17 minutes, 17 seconds, which she achieved at the Division 4 regional in Harbor Beach in 2011.

Olling has the chance to become a four-time Division 4 state champion in the 3200-meter run in track and field this spring. She also won the 1600-meter run her freshman year.

"I knew five or six years ago when Kirsten started running for us, that she was going to be special," Breckenridge coach Royce Humm said. "Watching her sign her Letter of Intent is a great day for our program, cause she has worked so hard to get where she is today. It's going to be sad to watch her leave."

Meanwhile, Olling’s four-year teammate at Breckenridge, senior Dominique Adams, will also continue her standout cross country and track and field careers in college. She signed a National Letter of Intent with Saginaw Valley State University last week.

In cross country, Adams earned all-state honors as a freshman and as a sophomore and all-conference honors as a senior. She helped the Huskies achieve their state runner-up finish in Division 4 last fall.

In track, Adams earned all-state in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs as a sophomore and in the 3200-meter run and the 3200-meter relay as a junior.

Area Athletes who signed on National Letter of Intent Day

Grand Blanc

Football

Alex Brackett, Siena Heights University

Brandon Carr, Siena Heights University

Jake Kendall, Siena Heights University

Justin McElroy, Northern Michigan University

Ka’Len Wiggins-Batson, Northern Michigan University

Justin Short, University of Findlay

Soccer

John Clark III, University of Findlay

Alexandra Lowes, Rice University

Swimming

Rachel Eaton, Grand Valley State University

Bowling

Jazzmyn Newman, Monmouth University

Softball

Nicole Pittman, Mott Community College

Flint Southwestern Classical Academy

Football

Nic Matiere-Bey — Austin Peay State University

Akimio Walker — Siena Heights University

Perignon Mosley-Dorsey — Tiffin University

Denzel Handley — Concordia University

Allante Smith — Culver Stockton College

Justin Thompson — Culver Stockton College

Kameron Pitts — Bethel College

Dreshon Burt — Georgia Prep Sports Academy

Lapeer East

Football

Kyle Rachwal — Eastern Michigan University

New Lothrop

Football

Amari Coleman — Central Michigan University

Montrose

Football

Malik Taylor – Ferris State University

Jimmie Hodge – Ferris State University

Ryan Egan – Grand Valley State University

Trevor Quast – Alma College

Carman-Ainsworth

Football

Jevonte Alexander — Indiana State University

Brandon Walker – University of North Dakota

Demarion Allen — Austin Peay State University

Darryl Johnson — Austin Peay State University

Jaylyn Boone-Williams — Michigan Technological University

L’Daryl Mosley – Arizona Western College

Malik Seales – Scottsdale Community College

Soccer

Jordan Marsh — Cleary University

Alma

Football

Curtis Doyle — Western Michigan University

Track

Lexi Morton — Spring Arbor University

Miguel Prieto — Northwood University

Tim DeJong — Cedarville University

Basketball

Maddy Seeley — Northwood University

Baseball

Tyler Minnick — Muskegon Community College

Matt Young — Hillsdale College

DeWitt

Soccer

Abby Cook — Northern Michigan University

Chris Lang — Davenport University

Mitch Smith — Indiana Institute of Technology

Natalie Knauf — University of Toledo

Football

Cameron West — Northern Michigan University (preferred walk-on)

Christopher Bukoski — Eastern Michigan University

Basketball

Hannah Stoll — Michigan Technological University

Lexi Banaszak — Hollins University

Baseball

John-Michael Moody — Grand Rapids Community College

Sam Smith — Lansing Community College

Tim Lowe — Lansing Community College

Track

Josie Yesmunt — University of Toledo

Emily Murdoch — Northwood University

Mason

Tennis

Abby Perkins — Grand Valley State University

Soccer

Brooke Beaune — Spring Arbor University

Josh Flamme — University of Detroit Mercy

Lauren McDermott — Northern Michigan University

Track

Christian Thornton —Lansing Community College

Mason VanDyke — Grand Valley State University

Nathan Jones — Hillsdale College

Greg Ingle —  Lansing Community College

Golf

Shannon McNamara — Wayne State University

Volleyball

Rachel Kinch —  Lansing Community College

Holt

Soccer

Alec Gnass — Elmhurst College

Alec Greene — Oakland University
Jacob Dowling — Davenport University

Mitch Simon — Spring Arbor University

Stacie Skinker— Calvin College

Softball

Courtney Masseau — Muskegon Community College

Football

Dakota Lawhon — Alma College

Timmy Cain — Adrian College

Ty Glover — Defiance College

Zac Peterson — Alma College

Cross Country

Emily Krueger — Hope College

Grant Colligan — Colorado School of Mines

Zach Hulliberger — Olivet Nazarene University

Track

Ian Velasquez — University of Arkansas

Lacrosse
James Fulghum — Alma College

Jordan Mireles — Olivet College

Gymnastics

Lindsey Lemke — University of North Carolina

Golf

Pader Her — University of Akron

Eaton Rapids

Track

Alex Fast — Grand Valley State University

Bailey Baker — University of Michigan

Kathryn Mills — Grand Valley State University

Basketball

Allie Dittmer — Hillsdale College

Baseball

Andrew Wright — Spring Arbor University

Soccer

Emily Reinecke — Olivet College

Wrestling

Kaitlyn Collins-Theodore — Eastern Michigan University

Lacrosse

Marci Schaeffer — Tiffin University

Softball

Payton Benton — Kalamazoo Valley Community College

Perry

Cross Country

Alicia Tomlin — Saginaw Valley State University

Soccer

Chase Dunn — Olivet College

Portland

Softball

Allie Grys — Lansing Community College

Madison Adams —  Lansing Community College

Baseball

Andrew Click — Davenport University

Auston Brandt — Davenport University

Tanner Allison — Western Michigan University

Football

Hunter Scott — Northwood University

Zach Gustafson — Northwood University

Williamston

Soccer

Ally Milam — Northern Michigan University

Track

Ashley Strange — Spring Arbor University

Kyle Shashaguay — Ottawa University

Softball

Camri Grace — Eastern Michigan University

Baseball

Cole Hartsaw —  Lansing Community College

Soccer

Hunter Lyle — Adams State University

Lindsey Tuggle — Northern Michigan University

Corunna

Volleyball

Alyssa Nickels — Mott Community College

Soccer

Brody Hall —  University of Michigan-Dearborn

Basketball

Lauren Ruess — Colorado School of Mines

Payton Birchmeier -  Marist College

Dansville

Softball

Amber Morton — Lansing Community College

Megan Kelley — Davenport University

Cross Country

Emily Foster — Lawrence Technological University

Charlotte

Cross Country

Andrea Garza — Lansing Community College

Soccer

Sierra Sisco — Louisiana Tech University

Baseball

Chad McClintock — Muskegon Community College

Bowling

Ciarra Landry — Aquinas College

Basketball

Lucy Sare — Trine University

Okemos

Soccer

Ashton Miller — Duke University

David Bez — Elmhurst College

Kristelle Yewah — Michigan State University

Lou Plascencia — Michigan State University (walk on)

Lacrosse

Claire Cook — Grand Valley State University

Tennis

Elan Dantus — Hope College

Golf

Elle Nichols — Oakland University

Water Polo

Katie Dudley — Stanford University

Lacrosse

Olivia Sherman — University of Findlay

Owosso

Austin Klapko — Lansing Community College

Lansing Catholic Central

Baseball

Austin Krause — Lincoln Trail College

Tom Lantzy —  Lansing Community College

Football

David Poljan — Hillsdale College

Peter Atkins — Northwood University

Golf

Jacqueline Setas — Michigan State University

Wrestling

Ryan Clark — Olivet College

St. Johns

Baseball

Austin Smith — Lansing Community College

Matt Pearsall — Kellogg Community College

Cross Country

Kayla Kraft — Lansing Community College

Wrestling

Logan Massa — University of Michigan

Zac Hall — University of Michigan

Softball

Madi Webster — Alma College

Basketball

Tori Henning — Albion College

Lansing Eastern

Autumn Rux — Campbellsville University

East Lansing

Soccer

Ben Swanson-Ralph — Elmhurst College

Blair Moore — Cleary University

Football

Da'Vontay Haines — Siena Heights University

Matthew Ethington — Siena Heights University

Grand Ledge

Baseball

Brennan Cummings — Lansing Community College

Christian Keller — Lansing Community College

Nathan Langenfeld — Lansing Community College

Basketball

Codie Drake — Kentucky Wesleyan College

Hannah Orwat — Oakland University

Lindsay Orwat — Oakland University

Volleyball

Cori Crocker —  University of Michigan

Football

Joe Reverman — Hillsdale College

Keefer Johnson — Yale University

Soccer

Kaitlin Irish — Jackson Community College<