Seniors Sarah Lucas, Noah Trunzo, Brian Vandusen and Octavius Vassar recently signed National Letters of Intent to continue their track and field careers next year.
Lucas, who was sidelined most of this past season with injuries, signed to attend Allegheny College. Her highlights this year included going undefeated in section play during cross country season, while helping to lead the team to a section championship. In the process, she also qualified for the PIAA championships, where she finished 19th overall.
Brian Vandusen signed with Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. He had the most successful year for any Ringgold athlete, qualifying for the state championships in both indoor and outdoor track. This spring, he shattered a 31-year old long jump school record en route to winning the Baldwin Invitational. His leap of 23′ 3″ broke the old mark of 22’9″ by Pierre Roddy in 1986 by half a foot.
Lucas and Vandusen were also named the 2016-2017 Ringgold Athletes of the Year.
Noah Trunzo committed to Washington & Jefferson University. This past season, Trunzo was a member of the 4x100m relay team that qualified for the WPIAL finals. Over the past four years, he also spent time on the golf and indoor track teams, as well as being elected as Vice President of the senior class.
Finally, Octavious Vassar signed with Notre Dame College in Ohio. Vassar was a member of both Ringgold relay teams that qualified for WPIALs and also had noteworthy performances in the long jump. He was also a stand-out member of Ringgold’s football team and played on the varsity basketball team during his time as a Ram.
Earlier this summer, all four athletes had family members and coaches on hand to celebrate their signing. Pictured from left to right are: Vandusen, Vassar, Lucas and Trunzo.