Scholarship Signing

Photo courtesy of Micah Swenson

Photo courtesy of Micah Swenson

Cottonwood Aftershock Distance Club runner Allyson Arellano, a senior at Mingus Union High School, officialy accepted an athletic/academic scholarship Wednesday to Queens University of Charlotte. During Arellano’s recruiting process, in addition to her competition schedule, the young runner traveled 23,643 miles (12,300 by airplane and 11,342 by car) on recruiting trips, made 16 unofficial visits to schools, five official visits, and had interest expressed from schools in 44 different states. Eight schools made offers to Allyson and seven of these offers were at least full tuition and books. The offer from Queens University came out to be $44,000 per year ($30K for athletics and $14K for academics). Queens is a private school at the NCAA D2 level. Academically, Allyson will be pursuing a degree in Interior Architecture & Design. On the running side, Allyson will be joining a team that is already strong and returning their entire Top 7 cross country team from this fall. in 2016, the team won the South Atlantic Conference title with a low score of 21 (15 is a perfect score). The team was second at Regionals and15th at Nationals. On the track side, Queens has won the last three outdoor track SAC titles (2014, ‘15. ‘16). Based on the returning strengths of the team, Arellano will likely run a lot of middle distance but could also be a key scorer in the long distance events. Depending on her progression this spring with steeplechase, she could make a big impact there as well, according to her coach, Micah Swenson. Allyson will open her 2017 track season at Paradise Valley Community College Jan. 28. Joining Allyson at the scholarship signing (top photo) were her parents Crescencio and Josephina Arellano and Coach Micah Swenson. Right, Allyson’s trio of Junior Olympics All American awards. (Photos courtesy of Micah Swenson)

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marimusic94 2 weeks, 1 day ago

Congratulations, Ally! Also, a slight correction; The mother's name is Josefina, not Josephina.

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