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 recently signed their Division I National Letters of Intent. Katherine will be doing track for the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and Sean will be running cross country for Radford University. This was the third signing ceremony John Paul has witnessed, following Kelly Donovan’s (American University for soccer) in 2012 and fellow member of 2015 Josh Cox’s this year.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be officially doing a sport in college. 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 finally see that my hard work finally paid off,” Duquiatan said following her signing ceremony.
“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.
He will be on scholarship for cross country at the southern Virginia school, but he will also participate in track and field. Recently, Tully broke the school-record in the 1600m run (about one mile) with a time of 4:29, and he the proceeded to break his own school-record for the 3200m with a time of 9:41.
Both Duquiatan and Tully are in the process of completing their spring track season here at John Paul. A highlight of the team’s remaining meets is Catholic States on May 9, an event that will be held at home for the first time in school history. The boys team is the reigning Catholic State champions, having also won the meet in 2012.
Congratulations again to Katherine and Sean on the culmination of their hard work over their years in high school. We wish them all the best as they pursue their talents at the next level.