VINCENT - Lana Sydenstricker is a young lady on the move.
The Warren senior student-athlete signed a National Letter of Intent to continue her education and run cross country at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn.
Sydenstricker is planning to major in journalism at Lipscomb, which is about a seven hour drive from Washington County. "I chose Lipscomb because of its Christian environment," Sydenstricker said. "It also has a great team environment, and I'm very excited to be a part of it."
Sydenstricker said she also considered attending Cincinnati Christian University.
Lipscomb, a private Christian school and an affiliate of the Churches of Christ in Music City USA, is a member of NCAA Division I and of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
The Bisons cross country team is coached by Bill Taylor.
"Lana's strength is her work ethic," said Warren cross country coach Debbie Proctor. "She's a very coachable, honest and hardworking young lady, who balances her school work and running. She's also very humble.
"When she visited Lipscomb, I think her personality and work ethic stood out, and that's what impressed them."
Last fall, Sydenstricker was a member of the Warren girls team that placed fourth at district at Rio Grande. Running the 3.1-mile distance in a time of 23 minutes, 12.06 seconds, she helped the Warriors advance to regional competition at Pickerington North. "Lana played a very important role in the race," Proctor said. At Pickerington North, Sydenstricker was clocked in 22:52.02.
Sydenstricker said her PR (personal record) best time was 22:09 at a Unioto meet last fall.
Sydenstricker, a four-year letterwinner in cross country, also competes on the Warren track and field team. She runs in the long-distance events, and her coach is Sally Maddox. In the classroom, Sydenstricker is in the top 10 of her class with a 4.10 GPA.
Sydenstricker is the daughter of Michael and Stephanie Sydenstricker of Bartlett. She has two younger sisters - Lexie and Lynsie.