Reese heads to Col­lege Park

La Plata grad­u­ate signs to D-I Mary­land for track and field

Maryland Independent - - Sports - By AJ MA­SON aj­ma­son@somd­news.com

Since her mid­dle school days at Pic­cow­axen Mid­dle School, Lil­lian Reese al­ways worked on her craft to be­come a top-notch long jumper, hur­dler in track and field and a high hon­ors stu­dent in the class­room.

Reese went on to have a pro­lific ca­reer in the high school ranks at La Plata High School, boast­ing a com­bined four state cham­pi­onships dur­ing the in­door and outdoor sea­sons.

The La Plata grad­u­ate will now con­tinue her track and field ca­reer at the col­le­giate level, re­cently ink­ing her let­ter of in­tent to NCAA Divi­sion I Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land in Col­lege Park.

Reese, who signed two days be­fore the school’s grad­u­a­tion on June 2, men­tioned that she was ex­tremely ex­cited to sign with the Ter­rap­ins of the Big Ten Con­fer­ence.

“It’s al­ways been a dream of mine to go to a big Divi­sion I school like that. Their bas­ket­ball team is awe­some and they a have huge fan­base for all sports. Col­lege sports have al­ways been a big part of my life,” said Reese, who fin­ished with an over­all GPA of 4.33 at La Plata. “It’s go­ing to be awe­some to com­pete as a Big Ten ath­lete.”

While be­ing only an hour away from home, Reese’s fam­ily can come watch her com­pete when the Ter­rap­ins have home meets.

“I love sports and grow­ing up my par­ents raised my sis­ter and I and have a huge im­pact on my sport,” Reese said. “Be­ing that I’m so close it will make it easy on my fam­ily to see me com­pete and visit some­times.”

Right af­ter the state in­door cham­pi­onships this past winter, Reese said that she was re­cruited by Mary­land. She went on her of­fi­cial visit to the Mary­land campus on March 7.

“I just fell in love with ev­ery­thing about the pro­gram,” said Reese, re­fer­ring to her of­fi­cial visit. “I’m very ex­cited about that as well be­cause one of my in­com­ing fresh­man team­mates is a three-time na­tional cham­pion from the New Bal­ance na­tional meets. Train­ing with some­one that is good is go­ing to make a dif­fer­ence for me.”

Reese, who noted that she will com­pete in mul­ti­ple events in the pen­tathlon and hep­tathlon at Mary­land, said that dur­ing the track sea­son she trains five days a week and this sum­mer will be do­ing in­tense work­outs.

“There’s al­ways some­thing to im­prove in my tech­nique,” she added. “I fo­cus mainly on speed then move into the tech­ni­cal as­pects of my jumps driv­ing my knee up to get good height or in the triple [jump] hold­ing my phases and ex­tend­ing them as much as pos­si­ble.”

Dur­ing her ca­reer with the War­riors, Reese claimed a 3A state outdoor ti­tle in the triple jump as a sopho­more. As a se­nior, she was a 2A in­door state cham­pion in the high jump and, dur­ing the outdoor sea­son, capped off her ca­reer with her sec­ond straight state long jump ti­tle, also win­ning in the 3A ranks as a ju­nior.

“I’m ec­static that she got a schol­ar­ship for track,” La Plata head track and field coach Richard Williams said. “Lil­lian is very self-mo­ti­vated, a hard worker and is ded­i­cated to her craft. I’m so proud of her.”

Reese was a three-time South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence in­door cham­pion in the long jump and two-time SMAC in­door cham­pion in the triple jump. She also was a SMAC outdoor cham­pion in the 100 hur­dles this sea­son, also plac­ing run­ner-up in the state meet at that event as well as a SMAC outdoor cham­pion in the high jump and long jump as a se­nior.

“Win­ning state ti­tles was so in­cred­i­ble, es­pe­cially in in­door be­cause I wasn’t ex­pect­ing to do as well as I did,” Reese said. “I’ll miss Mr. Williams so much. One of my fa­vorite things about track meets is telling him how I did and him smile. I could not have asked for a bet­ter coach. He did a lot for me.”

STAFF PHOTO BY MICHAEL REID

La Plata grad­u­ate Lil­lian Reese, pic­tured here in the state outdoor track and field cham­pi­onships in May, is headed to the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land to con­tinue her ca­reer.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

La Plata High School grad­u­ate Lil­lian Reese signed her na­tional let­ter of in­tent to at­tend the Uni­ver­sity of Mary­land in Col­lege Park for track and field. Seated in the front row, from left, are Reese’s mother Tracy Reese, Lil­lian Reese and Reese’s fa­ther Tommy Reese. In the back row are La Plata vice prin­ci­pal Shan­non Mor­ris, left, head track and field coach Richard Williams and as­sis­tant track and field coach Michael Stur­man.

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