Two Hawks who have helped lead the school’s girls cross country and track teams to successful campaigns over the past few years signed their Letters of Intent to run for differing major colleges in Western Washington Monday in a brief ceremony held at Mountlake Terrace High School.
Katherine Walter made the commitment to attend Seattle Pacific University while Ella Schroth signed her pledge to go to Western Washington University beginning this fall.
Walter and Schroth have been members of the Terrace girls cross country team that placed sixth in state last fall, fifth in 2013 and second in 2014. The pair has also been part of the girls track and field squad that finished seventh in state in 2013, third in 2014 and fourth last year.
MTHS Principal Greg Schwab attended the signing ceremony on Monday and praised the two seniors for their role at the high school over the past four years.
“They’re both outstanding students and we’re very proud of them, both as students and as student athletes,” Schwab said. “They’re great competitors on the track and they’re both just great role models for our school.”
For Walter, making the choice to attend Seattle Pacific this fall was easy.
“There are several reasons why I am choosing Seattle Pacific: first, I knew about the school because I’ve had several family members go there, so I knew already that it was a great school. And when I went to meet the (cross country) team and talk to the coaches, I really like them. I got along really well with them. They really seemed to have the same dynamics that we have here (at Mountlake Terrace),” she said.
Walter stressed that being able to continue in competitive running was also a draw for her to the Seattle school. “It’s nice that it doesn’t end here (at Mountlake Terrace) and I can keep improving for the next four years,” she said.
For Schroth, looking into different schools brought her around to selecting Western Washington University for her college schooling. “I was researching schools and Katherine and I actually both visited our sophomore year and I really liked Western,” she said.
“I love Bellingham. I love the size of the school, I love that they have a really well-known kinesiology program because I want to be an occupational therapist,” Schroth added.
Both Western Washington and Seattle Pacific have had notable success with their women’s cross country programs over the past few years. Western had qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships each of the past three seasons, with last fall’s squad capturing a sixth place finish. Seattle Pacific has gone to the national championship meet three times over the past four years, placing 15th in last fall’s national meet.
–By Doug Petrowski