Eastside's Faircloth chooses Anderson, hopes to improve 800 time this spring

Eastside distance runner Rebecca Faircloth talks about signing with Anderson, her final outdoor season and what the future holds. 

What made you decide to sign with Anderson? 
I really loved the overall environment and their kinesiology major when I visited over the summer. I also really liked the team and how Coach (Kevin) Licht runs their cross country and track programs and could see myself fitting in well over there.

What were your other top choices?
I looked a little at Clemson and College of Charleston but after visiting Anderson and finding all that I had on my school checklist there, it was hard to see myself anywhere else.

What do you hope to achieve in academics and athletics? 
In academics I hope to major in Kinesiology and eventually study to become a Physical Therapist. In athletics I would like to continue improving my PRs and help my new team keep improving on what they have already accomplished.

What did you experience during each visit?
During my Anderson visit I was able to watch one of their cross country practices and learn how their training goes. I also had the opportunity to bond with some of the girls on the team by going swing dancing and hanging out.

What would you recommend to others when choosing a college?
I would recommend others to pray about their decision, listen to advice from their family, coaches, and friends, and also to choose a college with an environment where they think they will do the best academically and athletically.

What does it feel like to have the decision made?
It feels great having the decision made. I now feel like I can enjoy my senior year stress free.

What do you hope to achieve this spring?
I hope to improve on my PR of 2:24 in the 800 and I also hope to help our 4x800 team place again at state.

Looking at your career at Eastside, what will you remember the most?
Running at state and some other big meets is definitely memorable but I will mostly remember all the great times I've had with my teammates and the lasting friendships I have been able to make.

What individuals in your life were involved in helping you make the decision?
My parents helped in being encouraging, supportive, and by bringing me on visits. Coach (Scott) Lucking (my current coach) helped me figure out how the college recruiting process worked and was able to give me some great opinions and advice. Also, some of my former teammates were able to help me by giving me opinions on schools and telling me what they did during their college searches.