Chelsea Archer prepares to sign a letter of intent to run at the University of St. Francis. Looking on are her grandmother Janie Hayslett, WHS principal Kyle Wieland, WHS track coach Mike Denney, St. Francis coach Kyle Allison and WHS athletic director Matt Stone. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash High School senior Chelsea Archer will continue her running career at the University of St. Francis in Fort Wayne.
Archer signed a letter of intent to run cross-country and track for the Cougars during a brief ceremony at the WHS conference room.
“They’re really a small school, which is what I like,” Archer said as to why she chose St. Francis. “I don’t like to be around a whole lot of people. I like more of the one-on-one teacher kind of experience, which is what I know I can get there.”
She plans to study nursing.
“I think I can bring a lot of uplifting thoughts and can do things like that,” she said. “I can be a motivational type of person. I can be a good leader, even as a freshman.”
She will be able to show her leadership skills off this spring on the Apache track team.
“I’m expecting her to be a little bit more of a leader this year,” Wabash coach Mike Denney said. “I usually try to turn the leadership over to the seniors and let them get practices started and into line. The seniors I had last year did a great job, and I expect the four seniors I have this year to do the same thing.”
Archer hopes to run the 400 at St. Francis,
“I know they don’t have a lot of 400 runners, which is the main reasons they wanted me to go there,” she said. “I could probably fit somewhere, but no matter what I’m still going to have to compete for my spot.”
St. Francis coach Kyle Allison said he’s looking forward to Archer joining the team.
“We have a really young team, and we’re excited that she can bring some experience to that program, cross country and track and field wise,” he said. “She has a lot of speed on the track side of things. So we’re excited to see if we can develop that into cross-country.
“She brings a lot of experience and a lot of heart. She gets it done in the classroom and she gets it done athletically, so that’s what we’re really kind of looking for. She’s a great 400-meter runner with some distance experience. We’re excited to possibly get her some experience in the 800.”