CORNING - Star runner Lindsey Butler penned her National Letter of Intent to attend Division I Virginia Tech University Monday at a signing ceremony at Corning Painted-Post High School in front of her family and friends.
“It was really awesome,” said Butler. “It’s definitely been a long time coming. I went through the recruiting process for lacrosse. That started my sophomore year, so to have it all done and over with -- I mean it was an awesome experience -- but it was long.”
Butler played lacrosse and volleyball during her first two years of high school, but switched to running all year around in the spring of last year.
Butler wouldn’t have believed it if you told her that she’d be signing D-I for the sport just a year later.
“I probably would have laughed and walked away,” said Butler. “Even if someone told me a year ago that I’d be running cross country, I wouldn’t have believed them.”
Butler burst onto the scene in outdoor track last season, finishing a close second in the 800 meter run at the state championships, the first time she competed in distance. Butler will be competing in the indoor track state meet this weekend in two events.
Also In her lone season of cross country, Butler placed 13th at states.
Despite being relatively new to running full time, Corning head coaches Ray Lawson (cross country), Andrew Cartwright (indoor track) and Joe Melanson (outdoor track) have helped prepare Butler to run at the Division I level.
“There’s been so many athletes -- including my older sister -- that have run D-I,” Butler said. “I think I’m ready and I think they’ve prepared everyone so well.”
As for her choice of school, coaching and other factors were important to Butler in addition to running at the top level.
“I knew I wanted to run Division I, the atmosphere, and I’m really close with a lot of my coaches,” said Butler. “To find coaches that I was comfortable with was a big thing for me. I think I found that at Virginia Tech.”
Butler will run both track and field and cross country for the Hokies.
In the classroom, Butler has been just as impressive.
She is currently in the top 15 percent of her class, is a member of the C-PP National Honor Society and recipients of multiple awards including the Bacalles Award.