Hannibal senior Elle Hudelson signed her letter of intent Friday to run cross country and track & field at Hannibal-LaGrange University.

Hannibal senior Elle Hudelson signed her letter of intent Friday afternoon to continue her running career in cross country and track & field at Hannibal-LaGrange University.

Hudelson spoke with the Courier-Post about her decision.

Courier-Post: What are the emotions like for you to sign today to run in college at HLGU? 

Elle Hudelson: “I'm very, very excited. I never thought I would end up running in college at all. But freshman year I started track and really liked it, and my sophomore year I started cross country. I continued and have just really grown a great passion for it so it's really exciting to get to do it in college.”

What makes you want to put in the time to train and improve as a runner?

“A lot of people ask me that, 'Why would you have fun running?' But honestly, when I go out and run, it lets me think and I have an open mind about everything. It's kind of like getting away from the world, and I love that about it.”

How much do you know about the program you'll be joining?

“Probably a month ago or so I went to one of their track practices and got to talk with some of the girls. I'm really excited to run with them. And I've been talking with coach (Andy) Lemons quite a bit now.”

Do you have a memory from cross country or track & field in high school that stands out most?

“There are so many. Honestly, the one thing I'm going to miss the most from high school are the girls and even the guys I got to run with because you really get to meet some amazing people. But I'm really looking forward to meeting amazing people here too.”

What are some goals you have for your final high school track & field season this spring? 

“I definitely want to drop my 800 time. I've been training a lot over the past winter. Also with our 4x800 relay team, I'm really hoping that we go pretty far.”

What do you plan to study in college?

“I've really been thinking biology. I'm wanting to work toward being a nurse practitioner at the moment, so we'll see where that takes me.”