Monday, July 17, 2017

From an Eagle to a Ram, Prisco signs to run at the University of Mobile

When Jeanna Prisco signed to run women's cross-country at Tallahassee Community College, I asked her about her running plans beyond junior college.

"I'm going to keep running," said Prisco. "I plan to do it for the rest of my life."

True to that statement, Prisco, the first athlete to sign a National Letter of Intent to run cross-country at Tallahassee Community College, has now become the first TCC Eagle to sign with a four-year program. During the 2017 season, Prisco will be racing for the University of Mobile Rams, a NAIA program coached by Andy Canegitta. The Rams women's cross-country team was fifth in the Southern States Athletic Conference during the 2016 season.

Jeanna Prisco
Jeanna Prisco
Here is Tallahassee Community College's press release on Prisco's move to the next level.

Stepping Stones: Jeanna Prisco, University of Mobile

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (July 17, 2017) – In May 2016, Jeanna Prisco became Tallahassee Community College’s first-ever cross country signee. Now, 14 months later, she is the Eagles’ first runner to sign with a four-year school.

Prisco, a native of Sopchoppy, Fla., has signed a national letter of intent with the University of Mobile.

Prisco didn’t run until her senior year at Wakulla High School, where she was coached by the late Paul Hoover, but in her lone season, helped the War Eagles to the Class 2A, District 2 Championship and a berth in the 2014 FHSAA Cross Country State Championships. That experience sparked Prisco’s interest in running and, once TCC announced it was adding the sport, created an opportunity at the collegiate level.

Running for coach Gary Droze’s inaugural squad at Tallahassee, Prisco was a constant in the top five for the Eagles in 2016. In her Tallahassee debut at last August’s Cougar XC Challenge, she ran the 5K in 26:37.69. By November’s NJCAA Division I Cross Country Championship, she shaved off more than a minute and a half, finishing with a personal best of 25:05.47.

In the classroom, Prisco was named All-Academic by the Panhandle Conference in 2017.

Mobile, an NAIA program, competes in the Southern States Athletic Conference.