Vanasse wins Somerset County Title, Commits to Columbia

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 springalso 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.