|Joseph, Hellman become Student Princes|
|Friday, March 07, 2014 9:00 PM|
DELPHOS — Maybe it’s a “package” deal and maybe it isn’t.
Either way, Heidelberg University Interim Cross Country coach Ron Martin is getting 2-for-1 as a pair of St. John’s senior harriers: Megan Joseph and Aaron Hellman; signed national letters-of-intent to attend the college campus in Tiffin and run for the Student Princes.
“I really felt comfortable with everything on my visits, like it was home. The big thing is they have an intense Athletic Training program, which I plan to major in; I was very impressed with that,” Joseph, daughter of Norman and Kim Elwer, began. “I might also minor in business and have that for the future but once I graduate, I plan on going to graduate school and get into Physical Therapy.”
Joseph relayed that Ohio Northern University was also a possibility — “I really liked the professors and coaches there” — but her last visit to Heidelberg — a member of the NCAA Division III Ohio Athletic Conference — clinched the deal.
For now, she can relax and prepare for the upcoming track and field season.
“Coach Martin told me to just focus on that and not worry about college yet. He basically told me to enjoy the rest of the my senior year and only worry about the normal freshman-at-college stuff,” she added. “When that’s over, then he’ll send me their workout program and I’ll be doing that from then until I get to college.
“We’ve been doping more weight work since the end of cross country season. That helps a lot because you use your arms a lot running cross country. We’ll start putting in some miles for track and do various workouts once we get on the track.”
Hellman thought it was nice to have a teammate going to the same place for college.
“I don’t know if it’s a package deal or not but it is a good thing,” he continued. “I’ll be in the same area of study as Megan: Athletic Training/Exercise Science. I like the fact that it is close to home and the fact they are giving me a lot of scholarship money to go to school; that helps a lot.”
Unlike Jospeh, Hellman spent the winter playing basketball but now that the season is over, he can focus on track and running.
“I ran 5Ks Wednesday, which was the first time I’d run like that since November. We’ll start getting more miles in as we go and once we get into the meet season, we’ll do both the mileage work and also speed work and stuff like that,” he said. “It’s not just about long-distance running and being in great shape because you need speed and a kick at the end in track.”
Ashland University and Otterbein College were also on the radar for Hellman as far as the next level until he made his final choice.
“I know I have to get a lot more miles in now and especially in the summer to get ready for the fall. Hopefully, I can get in tip-top shape and do well but that is for later,” he added.
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