South Aiken High School's Allie Nicosia set the bar high during her four years as a top-tier pole vaulter in the state of South Carolina.
On Tuesday, South Aiken's pole vault wunderkind signed a letter of intent to compete in track and field at USC
in Columbia."(USC) has been where I've always wanted to go," Nicosia
said."I'm really looking forward to it."Nicosia
has been synonymous with South Aiken girls' track and field success during her
time with the Thoroughbreds.Nicosia
, who excelled in the pole vault, has the distinction of not only competing but also medaling in four state track and field finals.In her
last two Class AAAA state finals, she
earned gold (2007) and silver (2008).Nicosia's accomplishments have been well-documented on the all-region and state level.
would do an event she
didn't know how to do just to support the team."
..."I'm very proud of Allie, and she's been a tremendous worker from day one," Shealy said.
..."Coach Shealy has trained me since the beginning and is the cause for my success," Nicosia added.
intends to join a large Gamecock track and field contingent in pre-med.She
contemplates working in cancer research; her
brother died of cancer in 2001.On the track and off, it seems nothing is out of reach for Nicosia
, which is the way she
wants it."I'm not really the person that cracks under pressure; you either have a good day or a bad day," Nicosia
...South Aiken's Allie Nicosia signs a letter of intent to compete in track and field at South Carolina Tuesday afternoon.
Sitting, from left: Allie's father Dale, Nicosia
, mother Susan and sister Shelby.