Narragansett cross country star Kylie Marion to attend UMass-Lowell

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BALDWINVILLE – When the time came for Narragansett Regional Senior Kylie Marion to narrow her list of potential colleges from three to one, the cross country star put together a pros and cons list to compare and contrast the options that offered themselves to her.

“I actually made a list of pros and cons for each of them and saw that UMass-Lowell had a lot more pros and cons than the others,” said Marion, who found out that she wasn’t the only member of her family weighing her. options in this way. “My dad made a pros and cons list himself to see what he thought of the three colleges and he also had UMass-Lowell first. So having that confirmation was a good thing.

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Recently, Marion finalized her decision to attend UMass-Lowell, rather than Quinnipiac University or the University of New Hampshire, by signing a national letter of intent to compete in cross country and track and field competitions. for the River Hawks.

Among the items listed in the “for” column of her list, Marion noted the strength of the school’s academic department and athletic program, the commitment of the coaching staff to her, and the ability to compete again for the. same program as his brother Hunter, a second long distance runner for the River Hawks.

Marion said her official visit and tour of the UMass-Lowell campus told her everything she needed to know which university was right for her.

“I met a lot of people in the team and I really liked the atmosphere there. I felt welcome and like I was already part of a team, ”she said. “When I was leaving to come home, I actually didn’t want to leave. I felt at home there so I thought it would be a great place to spend the next four years.

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Choosing UMass-Lowell, Marion will join a UMass-Lowell women’s cross country program that just won their second straight America East conference championship at the end of October.

“I felt honored because their cross country team has won the conference championship for the past two years, so just being wanted on a team like this means a lot to me,” he said. said Marion. “It’s really humbling that they see the potential in me and want me to be a part of it.”

In addition to the support she received from her parents, Rich and Michelle, Gansett’s oldest said her brother provided her with an insider perspective on the school and the cross-country ski program.

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“I asked him a lot of questions about school and he gave me a lot of positive comments and things he loves about it. It was nice to have a more in-depth view of what it would be like, ”she said. “He was able to tell me what his training program was like and he helped me figure out where most of the courses are, and buildings in general, and what type of course I should take.”

Hunter Marion is majoring in mathematics with a minor in education. Although she loves math, Kylie Marion is considering a slightly different path.

“I want to be a biology teacher,” she said.

The college’s decision ‘Gansett senior’ comes near the end of a stellar cross-country season. Marion lowered Gansett’s home course record three times this fall – it now stands at 18 minutes and 55 seconds – and also broke the Quabbin Invitational record by 13 seconds.

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She won the Mid-Wach D League Cross Country Championship with a time of 20:18, was a finalist at the Division 2 Cross Country Championships in Central Mass. Stanley Park in Westfield.

“Honestly, it’s pretty funny because I didn’t really expect to run as many times as I did,” she said. “I just set goals for myself and tried to achieve them in small steps and noticed that I got more endurance and that I became more confident in my ability to achieve those goals. It was really cool to me. set those goals and work hard to achieve them and be able to achieve them.

“She’s a fantastic athlete, but she’s also a fantastic person,” said Dayna Margarita-Dixon, Narragansett women’s cross country and track and field coach. “She works incredibly hard. She is always ready to commit. I am so proud of her.

Marion has two more big races to go before she can focus on the indoor track this winter. On Saturday, November 20, at around 1:45 p.m., she will compete in the Division 3 Cross Country Championships in Wrentham. A week later, the senior will travel to VanCortlandt Park in the Bronx to compete in the Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships against athletes from 10 states and Washington, DC.

“I’m just excited because there will be a lot of competition there and I’m hoping to lead a PR,” she said.

Outside of athletics, Marion is a member of four national honor societies, has served in student government and student council, and is the founder of the Interact club which will hold its first meeting on Wednesday, November 17.

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“It’s a community service-oriented volunteer club,” said Marion. “We will be brainstorming ideas for community service so that we can carry out projects that benefit the community and beyond. “

Ranked fourth in her class, Marion, who said she had already placed second but her rank dropped even as her GPA rose last semester, aims to be at least the Salvationian in her class. here spring.

“It has always been one of my goals to be in the top three because it would be the first time that a member of my family has done it,” she said. “I think it would be nice to represent my family in this way.”

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