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The Alice Lloyd College Eagles Cross Country program is pleased to announce the signing of one of the mountains elite runners to an athletic letter of intent for the upcoming 2012-13 school year.

ALC’s Director of Athletics and Cross Country Coach Gary D. Stepp traveled to London on May 27th, and he happily returned with the fresh signature of North Laurel senior Greg Randolph.

In response as to what influenced him to pick Alice Lloyd, the quiet spoken Jaguar star replied, “I picked ALC because of the sense of community that exists there. Also, the people I met there were so nice to me.” Randolph added, “I look forward to meeting new people and I am looking forward to this opportunity I have to better myself.”

When asked about his feelings on finally making his college decision, Randolph responded, “My expectations are to enjoy college and make something of my life. I also hope to compete well in Cross Country, and I am really looking forward to running at Alice Lloyd.”

After the signings, an elated Coach Stepp said, “I am thrilled to sign Greg Randolph to a letter of intent for many reasons. First, I know what a quality young man he is. Greg is a tremendously hard worker in both the classroom and the athletic arena. Second, I love his work ethic, and also see his appreciation for an opportunity to run on the collegiate level. Third, Greg is part of an elite program at North Laurel. He has had an excellent career, and I easily consider him one of the top senior runners in our entire recruiting area. His coach, Rachel Gaynor, has done an excellent job in building North Laurel into a powerhouse in the mountains, and I see the quality student-athletes she produces. I feel fortunate to ink one of her runners.”

Stepp would also add, “I am striving to build a competitive program at Alice Lloyd. ALC recruits exclusively from the Appalachia area and does not travel the country in search of athletes. Therefore, it is critical for me to get the best student-athletes in the mountains who will embrace the philosophy of our school and become the future leaders in our area. The number one priority for me is that each of our athletes works hard academically and that they each earn their degree.  I know that Greg Randolph has outstanding potential, and he is a perfect fit for us. I am extremely happy to welcome him into the Eagle family.”

*Pictured in the lead photo are: front row (l-r) – Sarah Baker (Randolph‘s cousin), Greg Randolph, and Tina Brown (Randolph‘s grandmother); back row (l-r) – Bill Abner (Assistant Coach), Jimmy Durham (Athletic Director), Coach Gary Stepp, Rachel Gaynor (North Laurel Head Coach), Mike Black (North Laurel Principal), and Greg Gaynor (North Laurel Coach).