Troy's Norton headed to Shippensburg
TROY - As a Trojan Casey Norton blossomed into one of the premier runners in the state of Pennsylvania.
She hopes to do the same thing over the next four years at the Division II level but this time she'll be a Raider.
The Troy senior signed a letter of intent to run cross-country and track and field for the University of Shippensburg on Tuesday.
Norton chose Ship because she felt it gave her the best chance to reach her potential as a runner.
"I really like Coach (Steve) Spence," she explained. "The running program there is amazing. It's a good thing for me."
Everything just clicked for Norton on her visit to the school.
"My hosts, the people were really nice," she remarked. "I knew the school kind of from track. It was close to where my grand parents were. It just kind of all fell together. I really didn't expect Shippensburg but that's where I ended up."
As for which sport she'll focus on Norton will attack both equally.
"I wouldn't say that I was looking at one more than the other," she said. "I think its just running in general. I'm kind of equally cross-country and track since I've had been successful in both. I've always really liked cross-country but I think I'll excel in both."
There were other qualities about the school she liked as well.
"The people are really nice there," Norton remarked. "It just felt homey to me."
And Norton won't be the only NTL runner there. She'll have Wyalusing's Erika Huffman running alongside her as well.
"I'm excited," Norton said. "I think it will different. We've been rivals for so long now were going to be teammates."
While in cross-country they went head to head this past season as the top two runners in the NTL but in track they have different events they focus on.
"I know me and Erika have our specialties, our talented spots," Norton explained. "Putting that together should create a really good freshman team."
Regardless, the two of them will be facing off against each other in practice everyday.
"Practices will be hard not to but heads a little bit," predicted Norton. "But ultimately I think we'll have a good time together."
Currently, Norton is nearing the end of the indoor track and field season.
"I've been enjoying it a lot," she said. "I made states. I've been working really hard. My legs haven't been holding out quite like I've planned but I'm taking four weeks before (the outdoor) season."
In the next month spring sports will start up, which going from indoor to outdoor and Norton knows exactly what event she's going to focus on.
"The two-mile," she exclaimed. "I would like to break the school record here and from then on just keep working my way up, getting my time down."