Geoduck Cross Country Getting Ready

June 25, 2003

by James J. Portune

OLYMPIA, WA -- Liesl Plomski, Shelton High School's premier female distance runner last year, has signed a Letter of Intent to run for the Evergreen State College in 2003.

"I am really excited about this coming school year," Plomski said. "Attending Evergreen has been a personal goal since my junior year and it is hard to believe that there is less than three months until school and cross country starts."

A six-time recipient of the Pac-9 Athletic Academic Award and Jeff A Kent Memorial Scholarship for Performing Arts awardee, has a notable head start over the other incoming freshman. For the last two school years she participated in the Running Start Program, through Olympic College, and graduated from Shelton High this June with not only her high school diploma but also with her Associate of Arts Degree. Intending to major in Environmental Science, Plomski is only 90 credits shy of her Bachelor of Science degree.

"Liesl is a very mature athlete for her age," said cross country coach Craig Dickson. "She will catch on to the college schedule pretty quickly."

A return to the Everald City Invitational, hosted by Seattle University, for the second straight year will be the opening meet (Sep 6th) for the Geoducks in 2003. With the Saint Martin's Invitation the subsequent week, followed by the Central Washington Invitational and then the Sundodger Classic, hosted by the University of Washington, Plomski will face some of the Pacific Northwest's top runners in the opening four weeks of her college career.

"Liesl will definitely face deeper and faster talent that she did in high school," explained coach Dickson. "But what I like about her is that she is the type of runner that has not reached her potential yet."