Parkway distance runner Alison Ringle became the second area high school prepster to sign with Alabama on Friday, when she inked papers that will send her to Tuscaloosa for the next four years.
Donned in a hounds-tooth jacket, the affable Ringle bounced around the Parkway library on Friday afternoon hugging almost everyone in sight and thanking them for being there. A large contingent of Panther students crowded into the library, like they did on Wednesday for the football signings of Avery Shoebridge and Brodrick Jefferson.
Parkway track coach Kent Falting said Ringle set a high bar for the girls track team and the student body in general.
“Alison is not only a girl with God-given talent, she was also willing to take those talents and use them to the best of her ability,” Falting said. “Her dedication, leadership, and work ethic helped inspire both our boys and girls teams to win state championships.”
The Times All-City Track And Field Girls MVP, Ringle won the 3,200-meter run at the 5A state meet last year in 11:23.24, while finishing fourth in the 1,600-meter run in 5:16.09. She was the track MVP at the Class 5A Region I meet last season, and was the 1,600 indoor champ in 5:18.
“Alison came to us as a freshman expecting to play softball and run track, but we converted her to this along the way,” Falting said. “Six days a week she is out there working.”
Ringle choked back tears while thanking her family, her teammates and Falting for their support in accomplishing her dream.
“It’s always been my dream to compete for a Division I university,” she said. “I just love their program and the athletics at Alabama. I believe going there will be great for my running career and they will help me be the best I can be. They also have great academics at the school.”
Ringle competed in the USATF Junior Olympic Nationals, along with a number of other meets, during a hectic summer. She dominated the competition at the 2013 USATF Region 6 Junior Olympic Qualifier in Natchez, Miss., and at the USATF Southern Association Qualifying Meet in Baton Rouge.
Ringle also took an official visit to Arkansas and visited Kentucky on an unofficial trip, while entertaining talks with LSU.