YODER – Running has always been a big part of Kelci Lovercheck’s life.
The Southeast High School senior will now have an opportunity to continue running at the next level as she signed her National Letter of Intent to run for Minot State University, an NCAA Division II institution in North Dakota, starting next fall.
“My freshman year, I had a very successful season. I was all-state in the mile and placed in all my other events,” Lovercheck said. “Ever since then, I’ve had an attraction to running in college.”
The three-time Class 2A All-State performer during the outdoor track and field season also runs for the Torrington cross country team, as well as the indoor team for Cheyenne Central.
However, after a stellar freshman season, she went through some struggles.
“The last few years, I’ve had some down years. I didn’t run my best,” Lovercheck said. “I wasn’t wanting to run track after my down years.”
But when a different school contacted her about running track for them, she had a change of heart.
“I reached out to quite a few schools, and after going on a visit to Minot, meeting the team and coaches and seeing the facilities, I decided it was a good fit,” Lovercheck said.
She also pointed to her brother Chase, who runs for Portland State University, as another reason for her decision to continue running at the next level.
“Seeing how it has affected him positively in his career and how much fun he is having in college and having a built-in family was something I was wanting and looking for,” Lovercheck said.
That’s something she felt she could get at Minot.
Lovercheck will focus on distance events, including cross country in the fall.
“I for sure will be competing in cross country, which is a 5K, and mainly in the two mile and the one mile,” she said.
Lovercheck wouldn’t rule out also running the 800-meter run and some relays.
“She’s been a good performer at Southeast for all four years. She’s a very prominent runner around here,” Southeast assistant track coach Tim Eisenbarth said. “She just consistently works at it, and that will drive her where she’s going. She’s very smart. She had a good pedigree because her brother is doing the same thing.”
While at Minot State, Lovercheck plans to major in nursing.