June 25, 2014

Dalton State women's cross country signs Pascual

With the season just a few months away, Dalton State College’s women’s cross country program continues to add talent to its roster.

Gloria Pascual, a cross country and track and field standout at Tennessee’s Rhea County High School, signed a letter of intent with the Roadrunners on Tuesday morning at Dalton State’s Ottinger Athletic Center.

Pascual, 19, is also a success in the classroom. She graduated from Rhea County this spring and will enter Dalton State with more than 12 hours of credit from dual enrollment at Chattanooga State Community College.

Recruited by Roadrunners co-head coach Margie Bruner, Pascual will join the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics program as it enters its second season of competition overall and its first as a member of the Southern States Athletic Conference.

“I want to be a college athlete and Dalton State is the perfect size and location,” Pascual said in a release from Dalton State. “Dalton is close to home and coach Bruner has welcomed me. I can tell she will help me in both running and as a student.”

Pascual, who has a personal record of 19 minutes and 59 seconds in the 5K, made three appearances in the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) state meet — she was unable to compete her freshman season after being involved in a car accident. In track, she had bests of 5:30 in the 1,600-meter run and 2:28 in the 800.

“I am very excited that Gloria has decided to continue her running career with Dalton State,” Rhea County coach Steffan Holder said. “I know the Roadrunners are building a great program. She must feel at home with coach Bruner and with the other girls. She has turned down multiple offers here in Tennessee.

“Gloria is a natural athlete who split her time between soccer and cross country in the fall. She worked hard, basically on her own, to get to the 2013 TSSAA state cross country meet this year as an individual.”

Bruner is excited about the Roadrunners’ newest signee.

“We are very lucky to have Gloria sign with Dalton State cross country,” she said. “She is a talented runner with a positive attitude. She will add depth to our already strong women’s team.”

Gloria is the daughter of Hermelinda and Wendceslao Pascual. She has four siblings — Donaldo, 24, Artemio, 23, Lorena, 21, and Adriana, 14.

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