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ConVal XC star Rachel Hurley signs DI letter of intent

  • Rachel Hurley of ConVal signed her national letter of intent to run cross-country at Lafayette College on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Rachel Hurley of ConVal signed her national letter of intent to run cross-country at Lafayette College on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Rachel Hurley of ConVal signed her national letter of intent to run cross-country at Lafayette College on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal head coach Lance Flamino takes a picture of Hurley and her friends and teammates. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Hurley’s teammate Sarah Newell takes a look at Hurley’s letter of intent. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, December 04, 2018 7:12PM

ConVal senior cross-country star Rachel Hurley will run at Lafayette College next year after signing her national letter of intent on Tuesday afternoon. Hurley didn’t join the cross-country team at ConVal until her junior year; she had a breakout performance in 2017 and a stellar year in 2018 that culminated in an 11th-place finish at the New England Championships. Now, she’s committed to Division I competition.

“I never thought that I’d be here, a few years ago,” Hurley said Tuesday afternoon, once she’d put pen to paper with friends looking on and parents by her side. “I’m really excited. I don’t know what to expect, but I’m really excited to see what happens.”

Hurley actually got her first look at Lafayette, in Easton, Pennsylvania, years ago, tagging along when older sister Sarah was looking at schools.  She liked it then, and revisiting it prior to her senior year, the attraction was still there.

“I liked the smaller campus, and I liked that it’s a liberal arts school but still has chemical engineering, which is pretty unique,” Hurley said. “They’re very focused academically, even though it’s a Division I school.”

ConVal coach Lance Flamino thinks the sky is the limit for Hurley’s collegiate career. With only two years of high school cross-country under her belt, there is potentially still a chance for major improvement, and her odometer hasn’t gone quite as high as some of her peers.

“I think there’s a lot of room for growth,” Flamino said, “which is exciting. I want everyone to leave here with their best races still ahead of them, and I’m pretty confident that hers are.”