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Bozeman, Belgrade athletes make college commitments

Bozeman and Belgrade High school athletes made one of the biggest decisions of their lives on Tuesday morning, committing to where they would like to continue their athletic careers.
Posted at 5:52 PM, Feb 03, 2021

BOZEMAN and BELGRADE -- Bozeman and Belgrade high school athletes made some of the biggest decisions of their lives on Tuesday morning, committing to where they would like to continue their athletic careers.

For the Hawks, five cross country athletes signed to go to the next level, four of them being from Bozeman's 2020 girls cross country championship team.

Ellie Hull kicked off Signing Day committing Lewis & Clark College, an NCAA Division III college in Portland, Oregon.

Natalie McCormick, Grace Gilbreth and Riley Moore will continue to run together at Montana State University.

"Just to keep training in such a great environment is going to be really awesome. Just to being able to be around them is going to be real cool, too," said Gilbreth.

Stirling Marshall-Pryde, who was the 2020 boys cross country champ, committed to Portland State University.

"I've always loved the Portland area and it just seems like a good fit," said Marshall-Pryde. "I really love the coaches and the team I've met so far."

Over at Belgrade, three athletes committed as well.

Alex Casas committed to play football at North Park University, Chicago.

"It's just a relief. You're so stressed and so worried about if you're going to play at the next level," said Casas. "You're just relieved, not stressed -- you're just happy."

Kenna Thomas is continuing her softball career at Carroll College, and Dalani Brayton will play soccer at College of Idaho.