A.C. Flora's Cate chooses college to meet both academic and athletic goals

A.C. Flora's Susannah Cate talks about continuing her student-athlete career at Davidson and the journey to the decision. 

What made you decide to commit to Davidson?
Everyone was very nice during my official visit, and the team seemed to be a close community. I also like the coaches very much. Additionally, Davidson has strong academics, and I like the fact that students live on campus. I also liked it because I feel it's just the right distance away from home for me.

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What were your other top choices?
Johns Hopkins and Carleton. 

What do you hope to achieve in academics and athletics?
I plan to major in English with a minor in communications. In athletics I hope to decrease my times and help the team win the Atlantic 10 Conference in cross country and track. 

What did you experience during each visit?
I stayed with team members, attended classes, and talked with coaches. I got a feel for each school and its running program. 

What would you recommend to others when choosing a college?
Always make an official visit and make sure you feel comfortable with the members of the team.

What does it feel like to have the decision made?
It's exciting. I'm really looking forward to being a Wildcat. 

What do you hope to achieve the rest of this spring?
I hope to get a personal best in the 1,600 and improve my time in the 3,200. 

How has your training been going this track season?
I'm progressing through a mix of speed work and longer runs. Training has been going well.

Looking at your career at A.C. Flora, what will you remember the most?
I have many great memories, but my best memory is winning the state Class AAA cross country championship my sophomore year.

What individuals in your life were involved in helping you make the decision?
My parents were supportive and encouraged me to select the school which best met my academic and athletic expectations.