Lady Dragons Copley signs to run track at University of Charleston

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 26, 2004

PROCTORVILLE - Vanessa Copley is hoping all her decisions in life are this easy.

Looking at the different college opportunities on the table to run track, the Fairland Lady Dragons senior standout found it easy to choose as she signed a letter-of-intent to run track in West Virginia at the University of Charleston.

Copley talked to several schools including Wheeling (W.Va.) Jesuit, but she admitted that selecting Charleston was quick and easy.

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"The first day I knew I wanted to go there. It's kind of like a family and that's what I was looking for," Copley said.

"I'm kind of excited. I'm kind of worried about getting out of shape this summer, but I like the idea of running indoors and in the spring."

Copley runs mostly middle distance but is not limited to certain events. In the past, she has high jumped and ran the hurdles.

But her true love is with the relays and it was evident at the Southeast District track meet last Saturday.

Copley qualified for the regionals this week in the open 400 meter dash, the 4×800 meter relay and the 4×400 relay.

"I like the 4×800 relay best. The 4×400 is interesting," Copley said. "I like teamwork. There's suspense. That's what it's all about."

She said UC doesn't have a high jumper and may need someone in the hurdles. If those spots open up, she's more than willing to accept the role.

"The first year I ran track I went to the regionals in the hurdles. Then I was injured and I didn't run the next year. I'm versatile and that's what makes me attractive (to track coaches)," Copley said.