Owen J. Roberts' runner Cole Smith headed to West Chester

Cole Smith – Cross Country/Track – West Chester

Cole Smith, flanked by parents Susan and Dirk Smith, makes a verbal commitment to West Chester University (Submitted photo)

Track events: 400m, 800m, 1600m

Past athletic achievements: Cross Country – 2-time PAC champion, state championship qualifier. Track – 2019 4x800 relay team PAC Champions/ first team All-PAC along with teammates David Brunton, Vincent Fennell, Matthew Muthler

Academic/community service: DECA state qualifier, National English Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, volunteer activities mini-thon, Coach David Michael 5K, Elementary Fun Runs, OJR Age Group swim team – silver champions

Anticipated college major: Molecular/Cellular Biology

Parents: Susan and Dirk Smith

Other schools under consideration: Pitt, Penn State, Franklin and Marshall, Delaware

Why did you choose this school? “Upon visiting the school, I was immediately drawn to the town of West Chester. I loved the campus and the size of the student population, and I like that it is close to home.”

Reflections on high school career: “The bus rides to and from the meets were fun as a team – we would listen to and sing songs; the pasta parties were also fun; Winning PAC championships twice with cross country and then again in track in the 4x800 relay, competing and clinching a spot at the PIAA Cross Country championships in both my junior and senior years (provided great memories).”

Goals/expectations for college career: “In cross country, I’d like to break 16 minutes. In track, my goals are to break 2 minutes in the 800m and 50 seconds in the 400m."