Four RC Stevens athletes sign national letters of intent
RAPID CITY, S.D. – Four track and field athletes from Rapid City Stevens signed national letters of intent on Friday.
Since schools are closed right now because of the coronavirus, the seniors made their intentions known on Zoom.
Sawyer Enders-Erwin, Chadron State
Sawyer Enders-Erwin signed a letter of intent to compete in track and field at Chadron State University.
She was a member of two relay teams that placed last year at the state track meet.
The 4×200 meter relay team placed fourth, while the 1600 sprint medley relay team finished in sixth place overall.
“I love their school and the community and everybody that is there,” Sawyer Enders-Erwin said. “I’ve done a lot of track camps and stuff like that through them and I have fallen more in love with Chadron every time.”
Rylie Stonecipher, Northern State
Rylie Stonecipher will take her talents to the collegiate level next year and compete in track and field for Northern State University in Aberdeen.
Stonecipher placed fourth last season in the triple jump at the state track meet.
She plans to continue jumping at the next level.
“I’ll probably do long jump still,” Rylie Stonecipher said. “I’ve been high jumping all four years of high school but just for fun and my coach said I could do that so. Probably just stick with jumps though.”
Lucas Steiger, University of Sioux Falls
Meanwhile, Lucas Steiger plans to compete in both cross country and track and field next year at the University of Sioux Falls.
The Stevens senior placed 17th at the 2019 State ‘AA’ Cross Country Meet and was 15th overall in the 3200 run at the state track meet.
“It’s going to be for sure a lot of work and like you said a lot more miles,” Lucas Steiger said. “But with hard work and dedication, it’s just going to pay off and be a fun experience. Hard work will pay off in the end.”
Kasey Van Zee, Augustana University
Kasey Van Zee signed a letter of intent to compete in track at Augustana University.
Van Zee expects to compete in the mid-distance races like the 400 and 800.
“When I went and visited, they had a really nice science building and that’s what I want to go into,” Kasey Van Zee said. “So that was really nice. Then I talked to the track coach and he was super nice. I really liked him.”