South Lewis Runner Becomes School's 1st Female D1 AthletePosted: Updated:
A talented north country athlete is taking her talents to the next level.
A cross country and track runner from South Lewis has signed a letter of intent to attend Division I Manhattan College.
Hali Ielfield started running just a few years ago, holds multiple school records and led the team to the Section 3 Class D cross country championship this season.
Ielfield says the choice of Manhattan boiled down to coaching.
"The other colleges I was looking at were right up there and it was very close right 'til the end," she said, "but I really think that my athletic career can really grow because their coach used to be pro and she was a former Olympian and so I think she can get me to where I want to be."
"Manhattan is a very competitive level," her mother, Julia Ielfield said. "Carrie Gallagher is third in the world in the 1500 and she made it to the Olympic trials and Hali's goal is to make it to the Olympic trials."
Ielfield's signing marks a bit of history for South Lewis sports, as she becomes the first female athlete to sign with a Division I program.
That's something Coach Jack Bernard hopes becomes a trend for South Lewis athletics...
"I think its a great thing for the school," he said. "Obviously she's been a part of our running program for a short amount of time. She came out for track back in the 10th grade and since that time she's developed pretty fast and she's dominated the Frontier League, but she's also done well on the state level. For little kids coming up this is a big thing cause she's our first female from South Lewis that's ever signed a national letter of intent to go Division I."
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