TORRINGTON – Ever since Ona Albaugh’s freshman year, she has had a goal of running track in college.
Albaugh will fulfill that dream signing with the Chadron State College Eagles on Wednesday.
“I decided I’m Chadron State because not only do they have a great track program, but they also have a good program for what I’m going to be majoring in,” Albaugh said.
She is going to pursue elementary education while running for the Eagles.
Albaugh will join Southeast’s Greg Logsdon and Morgan Ekwall, who also signed with CSC, on the Eagle roster next season and that will help ease the transition to college life.
“It can be very nice to have people that I know and have competed with in the past,” Albaugh said. “To have them by my side is going to be nice, and I get along with everyone that has signed there.”
The Chadron coach had reached out to Albaugh about joining the program, and her mom setup a meeting between the two. From that point on, it the two stayed in contact, leading to Albaugh commitment to the school.
At Torrington High School, Albaugh ran the 100, 200, 400 and the was one of the legs of the medley relay, and she will continue to focus on the sprints at the next level.
In her time at THS, Albaugh also competed on the varsity volleyball team for three years and played basketball for three years, but track was always her priority.
“It’s always been my favorite because I just love to run,” Albaugh said.
In her senior season, Albaugh ran indoor track for Cheyenne Central, and that decision paid off since she the outdoor season was canceled.
“It was very nice because then that coach was able to look at my indoor time since we didn’t have the outdoor track season this year,” she said.
During the indoor season, Albaugh capped off her high school running career, helping the Indians to a state championship.
“She’s a hard worker. She gives 100 percent to Blazer track,” THS head track coach Mark Sims said. “She helped recruit others to the program. She’s one in a few we get sometimes. It was exciting to have it. Sorry she couldn’t compete in her last year. She did indoor track to get ready for outdoor. She would have had a big year. We will miss her.”