Ashley Defrain (’18) signs to run at
WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY
Port Huron Northern senior Ashley Defrain signs with Wayne State
Joseph Hayes, Times Herald, November 17, 2017
Ashley Defrain just can’t stop smiling.
After years of hard work, the Port Huron Northern senior can finally exhale now that she knows where she will attend college.
Defrain is headed to Division II Wayne State University on a track and field and cross country scholarship.
“I am very happy with her decision,” Port Huron Northern track and field coach Craig Dickinson said. “They have a new, young coach who is trying to turn around a program. He had made a commitment to going after quality athletes, starting with Ashley.
“She will go in as one of their top runners. With an increase in mileage and intensity, I think she has room to grow as an athlete still.”
Defrain finished the recently concluded cross country season all-state in Division 1, after placing 25th overall with a new school record time of 18 minutes, 19.5 seconds.
“It was really fun having the signing and having all my friends there,” Defrain said. “We had cake and just had a good time and it was cool. It does feel a little weird knowing that high school is coming to an end.
“I still have indoor and outdoor track and field, but I’m excited to start college, too. It’s really cool to have this opportunity.”
Defrain said Wayne State proved to be the best choice for her because of the overall fit.
“I visited a lot of schools and a lot of different programs, and I noticed when I went to Wayne State, there weren’t many things I didn’t like about it. All the other schools had one little detail that threw it off.
“But at Wayne State, everything seemed to be right. The fact that it’s only an hour away from home helps, too. The team and the coaches were really supportive and welcoming.”
Before she heads to college, Defrain hopes to have a major impact during her final track and field season.
“I feel like having this out of the way helps me relax and focus on the track season,” Defrain said. “Now I don’t have to worry about phone calls from coaches or worry about looking good for the colleges.
“I can now focus on myself and trying to make my times better this year.”