Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Distance Standout Myers Commits to Northern Arizona

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Senior cross country and distance standout Miranda Myers has committed to run at Northern Arizona next fall.

“I am really excited,” said Myers, who will sign officially on Wednesday. “I just got back from an official visit over the weekend. I am really pumped. The team was really nice and the weather is perfect. They have a really good education program. It is going to be a great atmosphere and environment to train in for my running.”

Northern Arizona is located in Flagstaff, Ariz., and sits at an elevation of 7,000 feet, providing beneficial altitude training for distance runners. The Lumberjacks are coached by Director of Track and Field and cross country Eric Heins and assistant Leah Rosenfeld, who works with the women’s team. NAU recently won the Big Sky Conference women’s cross country title and swept both the indoor and outdoor team championships in track and field last spring.

“The coaches were really inviting with their attitude and desire for me to succeed at NAU,” said Myers. “The people in the program want you to compete well and they have the resources there to help.”

Myers is a four-time all-league selection, while helping the St. Francis cross country team to three top 10 CIF state championships, including a second-place finish in 2012, two Sac-Joaquin Section titles and three league titles.  She finished 13th overall in a time of 17:52 at the state meet in 2013, the third-fastest junior in the field. On the track, she has helped the Troubadours win back-to-back section titles and three league championships.

“It is a dream come true to run in college,” said Myers. “To be on a scholarship and know that a school like NAU wants you for running makes me really happy. I am excited to go there.”

Myers and her cross country teammates have an important meet this weekend with the Sac-Joaquin Section championships.

“The team goal is to stay positive and relax,” said Myers. “Individually, I want to go out and do my best, stay with the top group and stay strong throughout the whole race.”

St. Francis will be competing for a spot in the state championships.

“We have put in a lot of hard work and it would be really nice to finish out the season with my teammates at the state meet,” said Myers.

Cross Country Head Coach John DuCray is excited for Myers.

“She has been running for the varsity team since her freshman year and she has progressively got faster each year,” said DuCray. “She will do a great job in college.”

Meyers will be one of nine Troubadour seniors participating in a NLI/College Commitment event at St. Francis on Nov. 12 at 9 a.m. The signing event will be broadcast on the TroubieTV Network online. Family, friend and fans can watch the event for free by registering on the PlayOn! Sports NFHS Network.

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