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Dawson Community College inks first female cross country, track runner

Posted at 9:56 AM, Mar 07, 2019

(DCC Athletics release)

GLENDIVE – Kayla Parisien, from St. John, North Dakota has signed a National Letter of Intent to compete in Cross Country and Track for the Buccaneers starting in the fall of 2019. Parisien becomes the first female to sign

“I chose to attend Dawson because I feel like it’s a good start for me,” said Parisien. “I come from a small town so continuing my education at Dawson won’t be too much of an overwhelming change. I like the campus and the faculty.  Everyone is so nice, supportive, and wants the best for my future. Dawson cares about your academic success and I know going here will help me achieve my academic goals and prepare me for the future.”

Parisien participated in cross country, basketball, and track during high school.  She is excited to see what she can run in her final high school track season.  Some of her high school achievements include being on the honor roll throughout high school, earning the 2018 District 8 All-Academic Award during basketball, 3 time hardest worker and 2 time MVP, setting the school record in the 4 x 800, placing 2nd at regionals in the 800m, being selected as an All-Region runner for Class B East Region by placing 8th in cross country, and placing 22nd overall at the North Dakota State Cross Country Championships.  Parisien’s personal best times are 2:26.24 for the 800m, 6:04.21 for the mile, and 20:48.8 for cross country.

“Kayla has only ran one season of cross country and I hope I have convinced her that she has so much potential to become a great collegiate distance runner,” said Bucs coach Ben Sandy. “Kayla can go as far as she wants to with her running, including becoming an All-American runner!