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Three Miners sign letters of intent

The NCAA recently decided to allow senior high school athletes to sign their collegiate letters of intent beginning in November, rather than waiting until February.

That led to a trio of Park City High School athletes deciding to make their commitments on Wednesday evening. Chrissy Glasmann, Tressa Buckland and Alyssa Snyder all signed with Division I colleges for the next steps of their athletic careers.

Glasmann, who finished last season ranked fifth nationally in the javelin throw, committed to the University of Utah’s track and field team. Her sister, Megan, recently transferred to Utah from Stanford, so the duo will again be competing for the same team, something Chrissy is looking forward to.

"As much as I like competing against my sister, I honestly love training with her," she said. "She pushes me in ways that training with others can’t. It’ll be such a fun experience."

Though the Utes’ track program isn’t yet on the same level as other Pac-12 programs, Glasmann said that’s part of the reason she wanted to go.

"It’s a work in progress, but it’s well-rounded," she said. "It’s a program that we can build and watch it grow. The Pac-12 is such a good division to be in as far as throwing goes. There are a lot of good girls."

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Coming off a year in which the PCHS girls’ cross-country team won its seventh-straight state title, Alyssa Snyder has decided to continue her running career at Montana State University in Bozeman, where she’ll run cross-country and also try to run for the track team.

Though she’s going further away from home than Glasmann, she said she liked how similar Bozeman is to Park City.

"I went up there for a visit and the scenery was a lot like Park City the environment, the town," she said. "It wasn’t so much the ski resorts, but the trails for running."

More than just the town, Snyder said MSU is a good fit for her training style, too.

"I enjoy their training program," she said. "The coaching staff works a lot more aerobically they do longer intervals and tempo runs. That’s really what’s worked better for me in the past."

For Snyder and Glasmann, who still have senior track seasons ahead of them, signing to play in college now relieves a lot of pressure.

"Coming in and having this already done, I can just come in and throw," Glasmann said. "I threw 160 [meters] last year. It’d be nice to break the all-time record, which is 181. I just want to improve at every meet."

"It makes it a lot easier," Snyder added. "I’m very glad they moved the signing period up to November. It takes all the pressure off me for the postseason cross-country meets. I don’t feel that same pressure to perform at [the] Nike and Foot Locker [national meets]."

For Buckland, who just finished her senior season of volleyball, signing now just felt right. She’ll be attending UAB to play beach volleyball.

"I had a really great visit with them and I really fell in love with the campus," she said. "It’s laid back, the beach volleyball vibe, but still in a collegiate setting."

Sand volleyball is a relatively new NCAA sport, Buckland said, but there will be plenty of competition.

"There are a handful of schools that have competitive sand teams," she said. "So we basically just play all of them."

Buckland visited several schools during the recruiting process, but said Alabama quickly became her favorite option.

"I wanted to do my own thing," she said. "Alabama was kind of random, but it turned out to be a great fit."

All three athletes will enroll at their respective schools beginning with the fall 2015 semester.

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