Armstrong signs with USI cross-country, track
Kaitlyn Clay, Staff Writer, [email protected]
Emily Armstrong, a senior at Corydon Central High School, will continue her athletic career as a Screaming Eagle at the University of Southern Indiana, where she will be a member of the cross-country and track and field teams. She plans to major in health administration and marketing.
Armstrong, the daughter of Charlie Armstrong and Brandy Diangelo and her husband Greg Diangelo of Corydon, found her love for running by way of a small rejection. In fifth grade, she wasn’t selected for the basketball team. However, this didn’t stop her desire to compete and be on a team, which led her to sign up to run cross-country. She said she immediately fell in love with it.
Then in sixth grade, she added being a member of the track and field team to her resumé and has continued both ever since.
As a member of the Lady Panthers track team, Armstrong runs the 4×8, 800 meters, the 1-mile and the 2-mile races.
She said that choosing USI was a simple choice for her, a decision that came down to how she can get the best of both worlds: a good education and an excellent running program.
The USI’s 2019 women’s cross-country team finished sixth in the NCAA Division II Midwest Region and 13th at the NCAA Division II Championship, so Armstrong knew she would be involved with a strong team.
“I was really excited about their running program at USI,” Armstrong said. “The team is amazing, and it seemed like it would be a really good fit. Plus, the education program there is great, and it’s not far from home. It made my decision easy because it was a good blend of everything I wanted.”
The main thing Armstrong stressed she would miss about her time at Corydon Central was her team. The team won the MSC Championship race, where Armstrong placed fourth this year, which she noted as one of her favorite highlights for the team.
“Being there with the girls to cheer on the boys during their race was one of my favorite memories,” Armstrong said. “Seeing everyone’s faces and knowing how hard we had all worked to get to that point made the tough days worth it. I am going to miss that team a lot, but I look forward to meeting new people and traveling to new places with the team at USI.”