PREP ATHLETICS: Marshall’s Morgan Radel signs National Letter of Intent for cross country, track and field with Minnesota Duluth

Photo by Sam Thiel Marshall’s Morgan Radel signs her National Letter of Intent as her parents look on to run track and field and cross country at the University of Minnesota Duluth on Monday.

MARSHALL – With a quick scribble of the pen, Morgan Radel’s next step to her athletic career was complete.

The Marshall senior inked her National Letter of Intent on Monday morning to run track and field and cross country at the University of Minnesota Duluth surrounded by her family, teammates and coaches.

Radel said it was exciting to have the day finally come and was a relief to finally be committed.

“It’s really nice to have it done,” Radel said. “It’s a weight off the shoulders to be committed, and I’m excited for next year.”

The process of choosing where you spent the next four years of your life after high school can be a long and winding road. Radel said her journey to picking a school and track/cross country program was long, but ultimately felt that the Bulldogs were the best fit for her.

“I went on a lot of college visits. All of them were up North because I prefer running in the cold,” Radel said. “UMD just fit me the best; they have lots of academic programs and I feel the coach can make me a better runner.”

Before she laces up the spikes next year, Radel still has one final season with the Tiger softball team. She said her biggest takeaways from being a runner for the Tigers over the last few years are just instilling that trust in herself and her training as well as taking care of herself through areas such as nutrition.

“I’ve just got to run my race and trust myself and my training and running,” Radel said. “I also need to learn how to do nutrition and take care of myself as a runner.”

Radel said when she does step onto that track or course for the Bulldogs, she’ll be looking forward to the competition and making new friends.

“I’m looking forward to competing at a collegiate level,” Radel said. “It’ll be a little scary, but it’ll also be fun. It’ll be nice to meet some new people too.”