Orange will remain part of Elena Lancioni's wardrobe when she goes to college.
The LaPorte High School senior, a three-time Duneland Athletic Conference cross country champion who finished third in the recent state finals, has verbally committed to run for Bowling Green State.
"I won't have to change all my colors," Lancioni said. "All the coaches I met were great and had great ideas, but Bowling Green was where I felt at home, where I will be happy attending school. I'll be able to make an impact, but I won't have the pressure to come in and be the top dog."
Bowling Green won out over Bradley and Miami (Ohio) for Lancioni, who said the exercise science and nutrition program there suited her academic interests the best.
"It's quite a relief," Lancioni said. "It can be a stressful process, but everybody was telling me to enjoy it, because not as many people will be wanting you as much as they do right then. I've met so many people, and it's been a unique experience that not many people get to have."
Lancioni has won seven team and five DAC MVP awards, and has been all-conference, all-sectional, all-regional, all-semistate and all-state all four years in cross country. She holds LaPorte records in the 800-, 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs in track, as well as the 5K mark in cross country (18:03), which she broke for a final time at state.