The decision to run track or play basketball in college was a tough one for Erika Rector, a 2013 Green High School graduate.
Rector loves competing in both sports and with scholarship offers in both sports, she weighed her options.
Ultimately, the opportunity to compete on the Malone University track and field team was the most appealing option.
Rector, who placed sixth at the Division I state meet in the 800 meters, said she is open to running individual and relay events at Malone.
She earned 11 letters at Green: four in track and field, four in basketball and three in volleyball.
“I am really excited,” Rector said. “I always knew I wanted to compete at the next level. I couldn’t decide which sport. Competing has always been a part of my life. I just wanted to keep going and keep competing.
“I am close with my family and them being able to come watch me compete is awesome, and I can go home real easily when I need to. I felt very comfortable at Malone with the coaches and teammates. I was most excited about Malone and what they have to offer.”
The University of Akron, Hawaii and High Point also recruited Rector in track and field. The University of Northwestern Ohio in Lima and Cincinnati Christian University offered her in basketball.
Rector, who is 18 and 5 feet, 6 inches, finished the 800 in 2:13.38 at the state meet in Columbus.
Before that, she was undefeated in the 800 during the regular season and postseason. She won titles at the regional meet at Austintown (personal best 2:13.35), the district meet at North Canton (2:16.57) and Suburban League meet at Nordonia (2:15.48).
Rector also qualified for the state meet in the 1,600 relay as a sophomore (sixth) and junior (ninth).
Rector started three years each in volleyball and basketball at Green. She played back row, middle hitter and outside hitter in volleyball, and point guard, shooting guard and small forward in basketball.
She will enter Malone with college credit through post secondary courses between Green and the University of Akron.
Walsh Jesuit graduate Vittorio Trifiro has committed to continue his academic and soccer careers at Defiance College.
Trifiro was a three-year varsity starter and team captain at Walsh. He was named to the North Coast League’s first-team.
The Browns are hosting an NFL high school 7-on-7 football tournament in Berea this weekend.
Players from Alliance, Bryan, Canton McKinley, Defiance, Elmwood, GlenOak, Jackson, Malvern, Parma Padua, Valley Forge, Westlake, Western Reserve and Youngstown Christian have been invited to take part in the event.
The schedule of events at the Cleveland Browns Facility at 76 Lou Groza Blvd. in Berea:
Friday: 8 a.m.–2:45 p.m. round robin 7-on-7 play.
Saturday: 8 a.m.–10:15 a.m. round robin 7-on-7 play; single elimination tournament begins at 11:45 a.m.
Saturday: 4:30 p.m. championship game.
Monday and Tuesday: National Lineman Challenge.
The high school players participating in the NFL National 7-on-7 Tournament were selected through their participation in the NFL High School Player Development program this summer.
In addition to the tournament, participants will also hear from NFL Player Engagement Ambassadors Luther Elliss, Antonio Freeman, Irving Fryar, Terry Johnson, Pete Mitchell and Tony Stewart on Friday night on the importance of education and character development.
The NFL High School Player Development, presented by the National Guard, is free for students around the United States. The program will reach more than 40,000 high school student-athletes at more than 180 sites in nearly all 50 states this summer.
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