WHEATLAND – Seniors, Natalie Iacovetto and Danielle Brow are two gifted athletes that have given their parents and the people of Wheatland some exciting moments as they competed throughout their high school careers and have piled up the accolades.
With the rest of the school year uncertain, the one certainty is that they will graduate and close the chapter on high school. The next chapter will involve leaving Wheatland and going on to college. Not for just an education, but also to be collegiate athletes.
Both girls have signed letters of intent at their prospective colleges.
Iacovetto is heading eight hours away to Midland University in Fremont, Neb., which is an NAIA school. She has been in contact with the track coaches there and they are very excited to have a thrower of her caliber. Had the virus not stolen the season, Iacovetto may have been the best shot putter in the state for her division.
Brow is going a different route but about the same distance away as she is heading to The College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls which is a 2-year junior college. Brow was a bit disappointed for two of her sports this spring as she participated on the girls’ basketball team which reached the State tournament but never got a chance to play as the coronavirus caused all high school sports to be cancelled. She also was hoping to make another state appearance for long distance running, but the entire spring schedule was cancelled.
She is going to focus on general biology for the two years in Idaho.
“The main reason that I chose the JUCO route,” Brow said, “was because I wanted to be recruited by a bigger D1 college to run at that level. I just wanted to give myself that opportunity. Hopefully when I do transfer I will major in pathology.”
Brow said that at first she really didn’t like to run, but it’s gotten into her blood.
“I like how you can control every aspect of it,” Brow said. “You control how you get better, whereas in other sports there is a lot of other factors.”
Iacovetto has already taken a trip to visit the college in Nebraska.
“I’ve been talking back and forth to the head coach for a while,” Iacovetto said. “Just seeing if that is something I wanted to do, and talking about track schedules and what it’s going to be like. Then I got to visit with him when I went down there.”
Iacovetto said that although the college hadn’t seen her performance tape, her reputation preceded her and since the college was low on throwers, it seemed like a good fit. They were looking to find freshman coming in that had potential and that they could mold to their program.