What a day for Nicole Vanasse!
First, the senior distance running star at Pingry ran 18:13 to win her second Somerset County XC Championships on Wednesday afternoon at Pleasant Valley Park in Bernards Township. Then a few hours later she announced that she will be attending Columbia University.
Vanasse, who has made a great comeback this season after an injury cut her outdoor track season short last spring, also won the Somerset County XC crown as a sophomore in 2017.
Vanasse has put together a very impressive resume during her outstanding high school career.
As a sophomore in 2018, she won the State Non-Public A XC championship and placed third at the NJ XC Meet of Champions.
Vanasse followed that up by capturing the 3,200 at the 2018 Indoor Meet of Champions, ran a PR of 4:53.30 in the 1,600 in the spring of 2018, won the 1,600 at the 2018 State Outdoor Non-Public A Championships, and was third in the 1,600 at the Meet of Champions.
Then last fall, Vanasse repeated as the State Non-Public A XC champ, and placed 10th at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Championships to qualify for FL Nationals, where she placed 32nd.
Last March, she ran a PR of 10:32.77 when she placed 13th in the two-mile at the New Balance Indoor Nationals.