Two seniors from Campbell County High School have committed to running college track and field this week.
Senior Charlotte Marasco will run at Chadron State College in Nebraska and senior Ashley McNally will run at Providence University in Montana. Marasco will run hurdles and compete in pentathlons and heptathlons for the Eagles and McNally will compete in the 400 meters, 800 meters and high jump for the Argos.
McNally will also race for the UP cross country team in the fall.
Marasco en route to Nebraska
Marasco’s time in Campbell County instilled in him the importance of never giving up. She learned the lesson at last year’s outdoor track meet in Casper.
Marasco entered the preliminary race as the favorite in the 100-meter hurdles with a start time of 15.27. But early in the race, Marasco tripped over an obstacle and fell into another rider’s lane to be automatically disqualified from the event.
“I was completely overwhelmed,” Marasco said. “It was supposed to be my race and I was disqualified in the preliminaries.”
Rather than give up for the rest of the competition, Marasco responded by finishing fourth in the 300-meter hurdles after finishing seventh in the preliminary race the day before.
Marasco was also the anchor for the Camels state champion 4×100 meter relay team with Taylor Burch, Nyomi Moore and Aja Roberts and finished fifth with Burch, Roberts and Sydalee Brown in the 4×400 meter relay.
“I remember after I got disqualified, coach (Matt) Albin came up to me and said, ‘Well, that kind of shit,'” Marasco said. what it means to work hard and how to be a good team player. This includes not giving up no matter what.
Marasco was also a big contributor for the Campbell County Girls, last year’s state champions, during the indoor track season. She finished fifth in the 55-meter hurdles and won a state title in the 4×200-meter relay with Moore, Roberts and Aubry Dewine. She was part of the Campbell County 1600-meter sprint medley relay team that finished third.
The eldest never thought her career in athletics would continue past high school. But when the opportunity arose to show up for college, Marasco didn’t hesitate.
Marasco immediately got in touch with the Chadron State coaching staff and said the school was a perfect fit. She plans to study athletic training or criminal justice in the classroom.
With the decision now behind her, Marasco is eager to focus on closing her Camel career strong. The Class 4A track and field meet takes place this weekend at the Field House at the Campbell County Recreation Center.
“The caliber of athletes we are fielding this year is incredible,” Marasco said.
McNally ready to keep racing
McNally still hasn’t completely come to terms with the reality of being a future college racer.
The senior Camel runs an indoor track in the winter and plays for the soccer team in the spring. Although it is bittersweet to know that her football career will come to an end after her senior season, she is excited to continue her career in college athletics.
“It gives me goosebumps every time I think about it,” McNally said. “I’m beyond grateful and honestly didn’t expect this to happen. I literally tried the track to stay fit for football and to get rid of coach (Micah) Christensen.
“I finally just did it and I fell in love with it. I’m beyond grateful to be able to do it for four more years.
McNally will join Camel teammate Reilly Wilson in Great Falls this fall. Wilson signed with UP for cross country in December.
“I get dizzy every time I think about it,” McNally said. “I love Reilly and we’ve become very close over the past two years. To be able to race with her and share this experience with her is going to be amazing for us.
McNally plans to study exercise science at UP to eventually become an athletic trainer. The senior Camel herself faced a handful of injuries growing up and knows how important it is for an athlete to have top-notch care.
The relief of having made up his mind in college gives McNally the freedom to enjoy one last season of football before hanging up his boots for good.
“I’ve worked so hard in football for the past 14 years,” McNally said. “Now I can do one last year and have fun.”