Nine Churchville-Chili Senior High School seniors recently signed national letters of intent to play collegiate sports, the largest number in the athletic program’s history.
The group includes Monroe County All-Stars, All-Greater Rochester selections, school record holders and scholar athletes.
Haley Arguien, Jacob Buck, Brandon Crist, Sarah DiGaetano, Payton Gleason, Kelsey Lathrop, Kyilee Quayle, Meredith Woo and Corey Yunker were honored recently with a ceremony at Churchville-Chili Performing Arts Center.
Arguien signed to run Division I cross country and track at Rider University in Lawrence Township, New Jersey. She plans to major in occupational therapy. Arguien was first team all-county and winner of the 2017 Monroe County Championship.
“I really felt like I made a great connection with both the team and the coach at Rider,” she said.
Buck will play lacrosse at Canisius College in Buffalo. He led Section V in goals for 2017, was named to the Section V Class B all-tournament team and holds the school record for season goals scored.
“I loved the atmosphere of the school in Buffalo, and look forward to playing under the coaching staff there,” Buck said
Crist signed to swim with Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, a Division I school. He is a five-time Section V champion, and holds five school records: three individually and two as a member of relay teams.
“I chose Miami because of the phenomenal coaching staff and the prestigious business program that is offered by the university’s Farmer School of Business,” he said.
DiGaetano will join the swimming and diving team as a diver at Towson University in Maryland. She shattered all of Churchville-Chili’s school diving records, and participated in the 2017 state championship diving meet.
Gleason signed to run cross country and track at Memphis University in Tennessee. He plans to major in marketing management. Gleason is first team all-county, and finished fifth in the 2017 state championship race, the highest finish of any Churchville-Chili Saint in school history.
“I loved how welcoming the atmosphere felt when I explored the campus, city and athletic facilities there,” he said.
Lathrop will play Division II lacrosse at Roberts Wesleyan College. She plans to pursue a career in homeland security. Lathrop is active in Churchville-Chili’s New Visions program, and hopes to maintain the connections made there by “staying at a great local school that will enable career opportunities for the future.”
Quayle will join the cross country and track team at Roberts Wesleyan College. She plans to study nursing.
“This the best fit for me,” she said. “I connected with the school and with the team.”
Woo will attend University of Massachusetts Lowell to play Division I lacrosse. She was second team all-county in 2017.
“UMass Lowell is one of only a handful of universities that offer clinical laboratory sciences as a major,” she said. “I loved the fact that the campus has a ‘city’ part as well as a ‘normal’ campus with a courtyard and then a whole section dedicated to athletics.”
Yunker signed with the lacrosse team at University at Albany. He holds school record for most career assists, and is tied for most career points.
“The coaching staff told me that they play a very fast-paced style, which fits perfectly with the way I play,” he said.