The three seniors accepted $3,000 scholarships over two years to run for Gordon College.
Erin Hallmark and Alex White both said they started running cross country at the encouragement of their friend Allison Mangham.
White made it to the state competition twice, earning a medal for finishing in the top five in the region. She placed third in the cross country regional competition her second year running with a personal record of a 6 minute, 36 second mile. White said she plans to major in communication studies at Gordon.
“A few years ago, I started running with Allison just to stay in shape. She was a true friend through it all,” White said. “This scholarship means so much to us because we were worried about what would happen when we go to college and it all worked out.”
Hallmark earned two varsity awards, was fourth in region in track in the 800 meter run, eighth in the region for cross country in 2011 and second team All Region in 2011.
She said she plans to pursue a career in orthodontics and hopes to continue running for a long time after college.
“Staying fit and in shape is just a great feeling and it helps you stay focused and have more energy,” she said.
Mangham is a three time region champion in cross country, a three time region champion in 1600 meter in track and a three time region champion in 3,200 meter in track. She said she plans to pursue a career in pharmacy or nursing and keep running with friends.
“We enjoy getting together and running and working out,” she said. “This is truly a blessing.”
Coach Andy Landers said the girls were three of the top four runners on the high school’s cross country team.
“It was a pleasure coaching these three girls who have so much talent,” he said. “They are hard-working, great students and we are definitely losing our top runners.”