Alex Majetich's competitive nature had her thinking a little higher than Division II for college track and field.
Still, she likes the opportunity that the University of Massachusetts at Lowell provides her on the track.
Majetich, a senior runner at Mount Greylock, plans to attend UMass-Lowell next year and run for the River Hawks. The move isn't official until Majetich signs a National Letter of Intent with the school, which can't happen in NCAA track and field programs until Feb. 6 at the earliest.
She took an unofficial visit to the campus over the summer after being told that a Lowell assistant had watched her run at last spring's MIAA state meet.
She wasn't initially thrilled with the idea of running at a Division II school, but when she was told that the River Hawks often run against Division I schools, and that she could possibly compete for D-II All-American statuses, she was sold on the school.
"I got a really good feel for the campus," Majetich said. "I know I'm a really hard worker. Hopefully, I can bring a lot to the program. I'll probably be running the 100 or 200 there."
Majetich was an Eagle Honor Roll athlete in four events last spring, topping the county in the 100-meter dash (12.4 seconds, a Greylock school record) and the 200 (26.36). She was also second in the 100 hurdles (17.2) and fourth in the long jump (15 feet, 4 inches). At the Western Mass. meet in late May, she finished second in the 100 and ran a leg of Greylock's second-place 1,600 relay, reaching states in both events.
The senior, who transferred to Greylock as a junior from Kinnelon, N.J., has increased her weightlifting in the offseason, hoping her times will drop in the spring. Her 12.4 in the 100 puts her within striking distance of the 10th-fastest individual 100 time ever run at UMass-Lowell (12.32), according to school records.
"I'm hoping to definitely get into the lower 12s [in the 100]," she said. "In the 200 and 400, I'll definitely have to work on my endurance, but my main focus this year is the 100."
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