Huffman signs on to the University of Sioux Falls
     2013-05-09      By Elizabeth Gross    elizabethgross@geringcitizen.com
Photo by Elizabeth Gross/ Gering Citizen - Gering senior Rachel Huffman  
Gering senior Rachel Huffman will go the distance next year as she joins the University of Sioux Falls track and field team. After a successful high school running career, she feels she is ready to take it to the collegiate level next year. All it took was a visit to the Sioux Falls, S.D campus for her to discover the University as a perfect fit. “I kind of knew when I went there that this would be the town for me,” said Huffman.

Along with competing in track and field she will also be studying psychology. The University of Sioux Falls has a strong psychology program. While it is uncertain what she will compete in, Huffman feels she will more than likely be place in long distance running, “I’d like to try the steeple chase at one point,” said Huffman.

Her love for long distance running began at an early age. Huffman credits her brother for giving her the inspiration to compete. “I think when I was little I wanted to be like him and run a lot,” said Huffman. Watching her brother put in all the miles and hard work. Though she has enjoyed both cross country and track Huffman feels her heart belongs on the track field. She enjoys the fact that unlike cross country she is able to use speed to her advantage when competing. “It’s a really exhilarating feeling being on the track,” said Huffman.

As her high school running career comes to a close she has a lot to look back on; a successful run at state cross country and hopefully a trip to state in track. She would like to compete in multiple events at state; especially the 4x800 meter relay team. “When you get to state it’s not all about making it,” said Huffman, “you want to get there and do very well.”

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