Lakeside’s Ashlan Rosier is hoping to set a trend.
The school long known for being prominent in distance running, saw Rosier, a sprinter who competes in the 100-meter dash, the 200 and the long jump, sign her letter of intent to Division I Georgia State on Wednesday.
“I went on a visit and I really liked the college and I liked the atmosphere and I liked how it’s close to home,” said Rosier, who added that going to a Division I school was important.
Head track coach Josh Ingram thought Rosier
signing a scholarship in general was a big deal as well as for being in her specific events.
“A lot of times when you think of Lakeside, Evans you think of a distance school,” Ingram said. “To have somebody being a sprinter signing, we’re ecstatic.”
At the 2013 Georgia High School Association Class AAAAA state championships as a junior, Rosier finished fifth in the long jump
(17-08.50 feet) and eighth in
the 100 (12.47 seconds) and the 200 (25.66).
Georgia State didn’t pursue her for just one event.
“They preferred me for all,” Rosier said, who intends to be a kinesiology major.
Velocity Striders’ head coach Michael Johnson has worked with Rosier for three years and has seen her hard work and desire to improve and thinks that will easily translate to the college ranks.
“I feel like she’s going to dominate at the next level,” Johnson said, saying all her intangibles made the recruiting process easier.
“She was an easy sell,” Johnson said.