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Morgantown High Features Six National Letter of Intent Signees on Monday

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MORGANTOWN - Morgantown High School had a total of six student-athletes signing their National Letters of Intent on Monday afternoon.

Nick Gallagher -- Denison University (Baseball)

Nick Gallagher signed to play baseball at Denison University, which is outside of Columbus, Ohio. He said he hopes to see the field very soon.

Although he does not have a major picked out quite yet, he plans to play the pitcher position, and focus on baseball, at least for right now.

"I hope soon," Gallagher said, referring to how quickly he will see the field as a freshman. "That's kind of one of the reasons I went. I was told that I could get a chance to get some playing time pretty early. That's really exciting."

Mackenzie Lawrence -- Penn State Fayette (Wrestling)

Morgantown senior Mackenzie Lawrence also signed his letter of intent on Monday. Lawrence will continue his wrestling career at Penn State Fayette. 

He plans on starring in the 157 lb. weight class in college. Lawrence said his visit was all he needed to see when it came to becoming a Roaring Lion.

"The thing that stuck out most with my visit to Penn State Fayette was just the campus and how small it was and how the coaches approached me -- how they talked to me. They made me feel like I was more at home," Lawrence said.

Cody Maurin -- Penn State Fayette (Wrestling)

Mackenzie's teammate, Cody Maurin, also chose to wrestle at Penn State Fayette on Monday.

Maurin will wrestle at the 235 lb. weight class. He said joining his teammate in college will help guide a smoother transition to the college level.

"I thought about it myself," Maurin said. "The coaches came down and talked to him, and he decided to check it out. Everything worked out."

Sydney Pineault -- West Virginia Wesleyan College (Track & Field/Cross Country)

Mohigans track and field and cross country star Sydney Pineault chose to continue her running career at the collegiate level. Pineault will run at West Virginia Wesleyan College next year.

She admitted that the Bobcats sweep of the Mountain East Conference track and field championships were a plus. She said she will take part in the distance running events.

"I was looking at Marietta [College] and WVU," Pineault said. "WVU is a little too big for me. I wanted something other than D-III, which is what Marietta was."

Allison Lynch -- University of San Diego (Track & Field/Cross Country)

Allison Lynch also chose to continue her track and field and cross country career at the next level. Lynch will participate in the distance running events at the University of San Diego next year.

She said the beauty of California helped reel her in, along with a strong track and cross country program.

"I'm not nervous yet, but I probably will be closer to the day I go," Lynch added. "But I love California and the weather is great. So it'll be fun."

Rebekah Lafata -- West Virginia University (Pole Vaulting)

Rebekah Lafata will also continue her track and field career at the next level. Lafata will turn Division-I, competing in the Pole Vaulting event at West Virginia University next year.

Lafata went down as one of the best Pole Vaulters in Morgantown High School history. She set a school record of 11 feet, 3 inches.

She said choosing WVU was a no-brainer.

"I really liked the coaches here at WVU. I wanted to experience the D-I level, and I really just like West Virginia University," Lafata said.
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