By TERESA CHIPMAN
PHS sports writer
Caitlin Elgan’s seven years of running cross country have resulted in an opportunity to compete with Southern Utah University in Cedar City.
Elgan, daughter of Michelle and Jeff Elgan, signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for SUU on March 7. She will run at the Division I level both in track and cross country for the Thunderbirds, who finished fifth out of 11 teams at last year’s Big Sky Cross Country championships.
Division I schools began contacting her after she won the state cross-country title in November. It’s distance running Elgan looks forward to the most.
“The longest race I’ve done is a 5K, but I’m excited to try longer distances to see how I can do in those,” said Elgan on Monday. “I’m excited to see how I perform at the collegiate level, but a little nervous at the same time because I know it’s going to be completely different from high school. New competition, new coaches, new school and different races – it’s just going to be a learning experience.”
Elgan chose Southern Utah because she loved the school and the community in general.
“It’s kind of a small town and makes me feel like I’m not that far from home. I also really liked the small class sizes and I get along with team members really well. The other school I was looking at was Boise State. When I visited Southern Utah it just felt right.”
She plans to study radiology or kinesiology, but has not yet settled on which it will be.
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