South Lewis Senior Hali Ielfield Signs Letter of Intent and Makes School History - 11/15/2017

South Lewis Senior Hali Ielfield Signs Letter of Intent and Makes School History-11/15/2017

TURIN - In the 54-year history of the South Lewis School District there is one thing they have never had and that is a female athlete sign a letter of intent to attend a Division 1 (D1) college program. That is until Wednesday evening, November 8. A group of family, friends and supporters gathered at the South Lewis gymnasium to attend the ceremony for Hali Ielfield of Glenfield as she signed her letter of intent to attend Manhattan College. Hali is the daughter of Greg and Julia Ielfeld, both South Lewis graduates themselves. South Lewis athletic director Brian Oaks began the festivities, hosted by the Girls Athletic Association at the school, by introducing everyone associated with this great moment. Hali’s coach, Jack Bernard, who has produced multiple D1 athletes from South Lewis in his coaching career, had some kind words to say about his newest D1 athlete. Coach Bernard also expressed aspirations that Hali was paving the way for future young female athletes at the school. A touching moment of the night was a video message from the coach and some of the members of the Tully girls’ cross-country team, a Section III and state powerhouse who have been unseeded the past two years in Section III by the Lady Falcons. They wished Ielfield the best in her endeavors at Manhattan College. One common thing mentioned throughout the night was just how new Ielfield was at running cross-country, as she had just picked up the sport last season deciding to run with her younger sister Hannah. Her parents, Greg and Julia, remember how in the beginning they were almost ready to “draw straws” to see who would have to go watch the girls run cross-country meets. And now in their second year of having two daughters at the top of the NYS Cross Country Rankings, attending meets all over the State has become a highlight in their family, and they have picked up many friends in the running community. Manhattan College was not the only scholarship offer that Hali had to choose from, but her decision was swayed by Manhattan coach Kerri Gallagher, a former professional runner and Olympian. With aspirations of becoming an Olympian someday herself, Ielfield thought Coach Gallagher was the right fit to get her where she wants to be. She also said making this decision was a little stressful, but now that it is behind her she is ready to concentrate on running with the rest of her Lady Falcons’ teammates, who were all in attendance for her monumental moment. The Lady Falcons are working hard in preparation for their attempt at a New York State Championship this weekend at Wayne High School out near Rochester, NY.