Valenti Signs with Lees-McRae College

Banner Elk, NC - Gina Valenti, from Washington, NC, has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with Lees-McRae College in the sports of women's cross country and track and field.

Valenti, a standout athlete at Washington High School, has been MVP all four years and finished 16th in the state this past fall for cross country. She has been All-Conference and All-Region all four years as well. In track, she finished 11th in the state 1 mile race as a junior and 8th in the 2 mile. She has been MVP for distance her three years on the team. She has also been an outstanding swimmer as she won the Coaches Award all four years.

"Gina is such a talented runner and we are happy to have the chance to develop her talents," said Coach Craig McPhail. "She has the potential to really take our program to higher levels."

Gina is the daughter of Louis and Peggy Valenti.

Gina is going to major in Athletic Training at Lees-McRae.

Lees-McRae College is a four-year, coeducational college of liberal arts and sciences, located in the fame high country of Western North Carolina, near the base of Grandfather Mountain between the Beech and Sugar Ski Resorts.