BRUNSWICK — Each time Alyssa Wolf steps on the cross country course or track, she sees a chance to improve.
The Brunswick senior will get opportunities to do that against the best in the nation, as she signed a letter of intent with the University of Tennessee.
“Running for a Division I school, I think is a great opportunity to grow and get better,” Wolf said. “Running with D-I girls will give me a lot of competition. I really like the idea of running with really great runners like the girls at Tennessee and the schools they compete against.”
Wolf has proved she belongs with the best in the country.
The reigning D-I state champion in the 3,200-meter run recently wrapped up another stellar cross country season despite battling an injury throughout. After receiving letters and phone calls from some of the top college programs, the chance to compete against the best stood out.
“I talked to many coaches and schools, but it all came down to Tennessee and Miami of Ohio at the end,” she said. “I really liked the coaches and their running and dietetics program a lot, but I decided that I wanted a bigger campus and I wanted more competition to run against.”
The 5-foot-7 Wolf will join a Volunteers cross country program that was seventh at the Southeastern Conference Championships — their first top-10 finish since 2013 — and NCAA South Regional.
On the track, Tennessee was 11th at the SEC indoors and fourth at outdoors. It also tied for 25th at the NCAA Championships.
Wolf was contacted over the summer and took an official visit to Knoxville, where she fell in love with the atmosphere and a chance to make an immediate impact.
“Tennessee stood out to me because I really liked the team and the coaches,” said the 17-year-old said, who will major in dietetics. “I think the training methods they use are great for making athletes better while not putting them at risk for injuries. I wanted a program that would push me.
“In track, I would love to run the 10K, 5K and maybe try the steeplechase. I love long distances and I love to run on the track, so I think the 10k would be a perfect fit for me. I think I could make an impact on Tennessee’s cross country and track teams, and I hope to help Tennessee and their top runners next year.”
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