By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(December 18, 2013) – Freedom High School senior Callie O’Connell has verbally committed to run track at Radford University beginning in the 2014-2015 academic year.
“I chose Radford because I fell in love with the track program and school. The coaches are absolutely amazing,” the 5-foot-9 O’Connell said. “I went on other officials to ECU and JMU, but I felt Radford was the best fit for me. It feels amazing to be finally committed and be able to truly focus on where I’m going to school.”
In 2013, O’Connell placed 2nd in the 400 meters at the Cedar Run District meet, an event she finished 9th in at the Northwest Region meet. At Districts, the Chantilly-native also placed 6th in the 200 meters and ran the first leg of the Eagles 3rd place 4×100 relay.
At Radford, O’Connell is slated to run in both the 400 and 800 meter events.
“I hope to be a great addition to the Highlander team and score many points for them at meets,” O’Connell said.
O’Connell made the decision to give up soccer following her sophomore year in order to pursue her dreams of running track at the Division I level.
“Doing both sports at such a high level was affecting my body and I had to choose just one. I chose running because it is my true passion,” said O’Connell, who has an older sister, Cortney, who plays soccer at the University of Miami.
The senior said her love for running started when she ran cross country for Freedom during her freshmen year. The initial jolt of inspiration along with the continued support of her family and coaches are what drive O’Connell’s passion on a daily basis.
“The one thing that keeps me motivated would definitely be my coach Jarrell Warthen,” O’Connell said. “I couldn’t do this without him, and I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.