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Hall senior Joseph Parochetti (seated, center) signs to run cross country and track at the University of St. Francis, an NAIA school in Joliet. He was joined at the signing by his parents, Tammy and Danny (seated), USF cross country and track coach Jeff Barker (standing, left) and Hall cross country coach Tom Keegan. NewsTribune photo/Chris Yucus
Hall senior Joseph Parochetti found his right college fit, and now he’s excited to get off and running next year in cross country and track for the University of St. Francis after making things official with a signing ceremony Tuesday at Hall.
St. Francis cross country coach Jeff Barker said the Fighting Saints were also looking forward to adding Parochetti, a NewsTribune First-Team All-Area pick in cross country this fall, to their roster.
“We’re excited to see what he can bring to the program. He’s had a lot of success,” Barker said. “I really like when you can get a kid like Joe — from a small town, a smaller high school. Sometimes those kids can really develop. Sometimes those kids can turn out to be some of your best runners once they get into the college setting.”
Parochetti, who will major in accounting, was joined at Tuesday’s signing ceremony by his parents Tammy and Danny, Barker and Hall cross country coach Tom Keegan.
“It’s close to home, and they have a good accounting program – which is what I want to go into,” said Parochetti of choosing the Joliet school.
Parochetti, who finished sixth at the Class 1A St. Bede Regional in the fall to help Hall to a second-place finish, also considered Iowa Wesleyan.
“It’s very exciting. I’m glad I can join a strong team” the Red Devil runner said of continuing his running career at the NAIA level at USF. “Being part of a (college) running team is a big deal for me.”
NewsTribune Sports Writer Chris Yucus can be reached at 220-6995, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsChris.
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