CASPER, Wyo. — Beth Pierantoni is a senior at Kelly Walsh High School. She recently signed her National Letter of Intent to run cross-country and track at Colorado Christian University next year.
“I have two brothers and they both go to school down there,” Pierantoni said on Thursday, Dec. 5. “They’re both on the team now.”
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Her brother Josh will still be on the team next year, but brother Jason is set to graduate at the end of the year.
“I didn’t think I was going to run in college, but I saw my brothers and I kind of was getting good,” Pierantoni says. “I’m really excited to go and kind of nervous for something new.”
She’s been on both the KW track and cross-country teams for four years.
Her brother Josh also sticks out when she thinks back on her time as a Trojan.
“I remember running with my brother for two years,” Pierantoni says. “That was fun and then moments with my friends.”
Right now, she’s training like she has for the past few years, but expects that to change.
“When I get down there it will be different for sure and this summer I’ll be training a lot differently,” Pierantoni says before describing what her workouts look like now. “We like usually run as much as we can to prepare for the season and then in the season we do like interval work outs and regular runs.”
“We do speed workouts on the track but then in cross-country we do all our workouts at like parks and stuff.”
She says that Sheridan’s track sticks out as one of the nicer in Wyoming. But she also likes running at KW.
“If we’re here there’s more people coming to support,” Pierantoni says.
She adds that her friends are supportive after her recent signing.
“They’re very excited for me,” Pierantoni says.
She’s got some tentative plans for her academic path.
“I’m planning on studying business right now,” Pierantoni says. “We’ll see if that changes.”
Her coach at Colorado Christian University will be Jon Poag.
“I met him and he’s really nice,” Pierantoni says. “Their program has really gotten better and they just made nationals, which is really cool, for the first time.”
“I’ve been down there, saw the environment and everything and I liked it a lot.”
Pierantoni says all of her coaches at KW have played important roles in her development as a runner.
“All my coaches have really helped me in different ways and they’ve all been equally important in my running career,” she says.