WVHS runner Katherine Smith accepts scholarship to Notre Dame


WVHS runner Katherine Smith accepts scholarship to Notre Dame

December 28, 2020

Warwick Valley High School senior Katherine Smith signed a National
Letter of Intent to accept an athletic Scholarship to the University of Notre Dame. The two-time NYSPHSAA State Champion (4 X 400 Relay) and two-time All-American will run for the Fighting Irish this fall as a distance an middle distance specialist. 

With her family and coaches and administrators looking on, Katherine signed the letter in the high school media center. Katherine chose Notre Dame over eight other scholarship offers and will major in neuroscience. She has a 100 average and is National Honor Society Tutor Coordinator and member of the Interact Club.

“I couldn’t have gotten to the level I’m at without the support of my friends, family and coaches,” Katherine said. “Thank you to Coach Potter for constantly pushing me to my limits and reassuring me in times of serious doubt.  You have been one of the most influential people in my life and have helped shape me into the person I am today. Thank you to Coach Cosimano for sparking my love for the sport and teaching me how to become a better runner and person on and off the track.”

Katherine also thanked her family, including her grandparents and her siblings, for  sitting through long meets to watch her race for five minutes.

“Thank you to my mom for flying down to North Carolina and driving all over New York to watch me race,” Katherine said. “Thank you to my dad. You have always been my biggest supporter, and I’m so thankful for all that you and mom have done for me.”

Katherine is the daughter of Brian and Karen Smith of Warwick (Both Division I athletes and graduates of the University of Rhode Island). Her brother Sean and sisters Erin and Reagan are up and coming standout student-athletes in Wildcat Country.




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