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Journal photos by Emily Hanson Shelton senior Lindsey Nicolas runs through the woods at Lake Isabella State Park during a home cross-country meet last fall. Mason County runners invited to Australia RUNNERS: Shelton, North Mason girls needsponsors By EMILY HANSON emi/@masoncounOx com Athletic skill, grades and community involve- ment contributed to give two Mason County run- ners an opportunity nei- ther expected. Shelton senior Lindsey Nicolas and North Ma- son senior Tabitha Schw- erzler were recruited to Down Under Sports, an organization that gives athletes the opportunity to compete in Australia. 'They said at (the 3A WIAA State Cross-country Championship in Novem- ber) that they'd be very in- terested in me represent- ing the state of Washing- ton," Nicolas said. 'They look at how you are in the community as a person as well as an athlete." Nicolas competed at state with the first Shel- ton girls' cross-country team to reach the cham- North Mason senior Tabitha Schwerzler competes in the 4x200 as the lead-off runner at the 2A WIAA State Track and Field Championship last spring. pionship in 20 years. She was recruited to the Down Under Sports cross-coun- try team, which competes the first week of July. Schwerzler said Down Under Sports contacted her in late August or early September after seeing how she competed at the 2A WIAA State Track and Field Championship last spring. She was recruited to the Down Under Sports track and field team, which will compete the second week of July. see RUNNERS, page B-4 LUBRICANTS l COMPANY l wede,,erH FATING Oil I COMPARE OUR LOW PRICES!  We carry kersene" Lcated at Sandersn IIndustrial Park I 427-8084 Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page B-3 COLLEGE BOUND NMHS senior signs with SOU By EMILY HANSON emi@masoncoun com Andi Rasmussen thought her dream was to play girls' soccer at the Division I level after high school at a large school. A trip to Southern Oregon Uni- versity last spring changed that. "I heard from SOU the day after an Identification Camp at Oregon State in January," the North Mason se- nior said. "I'd never heard of the school, Rasmussen but I went to their ID camp in April, saw the campus and fell in love with it." On National Signing Day, Feb. 4, Rasmussen signed to play soccer at SOU, a four-year university in Ash- land, Ore. "Initially, I really wanted to go to a large, Division I school," Rasmussen said. "But then I realized I love the small town and I felt at home on the campus. I'm really picky when it comes to college campuses." Rasmussen said the Lady Raiders fmished within the top three of the Cas- cade Collegiate Conference the season before last. "This season was a little rough," she added. "The team's remarkable for hav- ing to deal with a new coach and adapt- "I'm going to push myself in the preseason and hopefully I'll get a little playing time in." Andi Rasmussen, NMHS senior ing to that." Rasmussen said she's not sure if shell get to play as a freshman but that she's hoping to earn some time on the field. "They have one keeper right now and she did a really great job," Rasmus- sen said. "I'm going to push myself in preseason and hopefully I'll get a little playing time in." She said she is "so ready" to get to SOU. "It's nerve-racking because it's far away, but the team was super welcom- ing," Rasmussen said. "It made me that much more excited and ready to go." While at SOU, Rasmussen said she plans to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing and then go to graduate school. She said she hopes to attend graduate school at Oregon Health and Science University.   with a catchy display ad in 4 HBD Dad! It's hard to believe that you're turning Love, 98! The Kids Look Who's Turning 50! Have a Great Birthday Son! --Mom & Dad