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Quaker Valley runner to continue career at Southern New Hampshire

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Quaker Valley's Josh Szymanski said getting a good education was top priority when choosing a college.

Being able to run cross country was just an added bonus.

The senior recently signed his letter of intent to run cross country at Southern New Hampshire University, where he plans to study game design.

“(Running) has been a big part of my high school career,” Szymanski said. “It has been a big part of my life, and I am excited to continue it.”

He also considered attending Rochester Institute of Technology, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Ohio, Shawnee State, and Miami (Ohio).

In addition to an athletic scholarship, Szymanski was awarded the university's Presidential Scholarship, which is given to students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and a pre-determined SAT/ACT score.

Southern New Hampshire competes in the Northeast 10 Conference. The NCAA Division II conference has 16 members spread throughout Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York and Vermont. The Penmen are coached by Joanne Drew, who competed in the 2008 Summer Olympics in racewalking.

Szymanski was a four-year member of the Quaker Valley cross country team, as well as the track and field team. He won three WPIAL cross country team championships and a PIAA title in 2011. He is a three-time individual qualifier for the PIAA meet and a two-time WPIAL medalist.

Szymanski finished 13th at the 2012 WPIAL Class AA championship with a time of 17:35 and was 67th at the PIAA meet with a time of 18:09.

“I have certainly improved both my endurance and speed,” Szymanski said.

— Nathan Smith

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