CHAMPLAIN — Mallory Honan was counting on one day playing soccer in college.
The speedy Northeastern Clinton Central School senior standout certainly had the resume — five years on the girls’ varsity team, including being a Champlain Valley Athletic Conference All-Star Second Team selection her sophomore season, First Team as a junior and Player of the Year honors as a senior.
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But after she broke several Section VII records in track and field, including four in the recently-completed indoor season, another door opened for Honan, who was quick to seize the opportunity.
Friday morning at Northeastern Clinton, Honan signed her National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Vermont on a track and field scholarship.
“My No. 1 sport was soccer, but then track and field became No. 1 for me,” she said. “I used to run track to stay in shape for soccer.
“But then colleges like Vermont, New Hampshire and North Dakota State were interested in me for track and field. I talked to the coaches at Vermont, and going there was my No. 1 choice after they offered me a scholarship.”
Vermont won out for her services as Honan will be accepting a $30,000 athletic scholarship and a $10,000 academic scholarship. In college, Honan will be studying Animal Science, with the concentration of Pre-Vet for her undergraduate studies.
“It’s exciting to be going to a Division I school, and it’s great to be going there for free,” she said.
“Mallory is a great role model for all the student-athletes in the district,” Northeastern Clinton Athletic Director Josh Harrica said. “She’s a great example on why education through athletics is so important.
“She works hard in the classroom, as well as being a credit to coach.”
Honan has competed on the Northeastern Clinton outdoor track and field team since seventh grade. Northeastern Clinton does not have an indoor team, however, and she ran with Seton Catholic this past season for the first time.