Running on to the next level

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After years of hard work, countless miles logged, a vast amount of hurdles cleared and a completed college search, seniors Katherine Duquiatan and Sean Tully of Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School in Dumfries recently signed their Division I National Letters of Intent. Duquiatan will be running track at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Tully will be running cross country for Radford University.

This was the third signing ceremony John Paul has celebrated, the first being Kelly Donovan's commitment to play soccer for American University in Washington in 2012. Earlier this year, senior Josh Cox committed to play soccer for College of William and Mary in Williamsburg.

"It's an amazing feeling to be officially doing a sport in college," said Duquiatan. "Ever since I started getting into sports in middle school I knew I wanted to go D1. I just never knew for what sport, so it's great to see that my hard work finally paid off."

"Running has become one of my biggest passions during high school. I'm glad with my hard work and the help of my coaches I've been able to take it to the next level," said Tully.

On scholarship for cross country at Radford, Tully also will participate in track and field. Recently, he broke the school record in the 1600-meter run with a time of 4:29. In addition, he broke his own school record for the 3200-meter run with a time of 9:41.

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