Snohomish senior Hailey Nyquist commits to NCAA Regis for lacrosse, cross country

SNOHOMISH – Snohomish High School senior Hailey Nyquist has committed to play lacrosse and run cross country for NCAA Division II Regis University in Denver.

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Snohomish High School senior Hailey Nyquist has committed to lacrosse and run cross country NCAA Div. II Regis University in Denver. (Photo: Nyquist Family)

With 2013 All-State and 2014 Pre-Season All-State accolades in lacrosse and 4A All-Wesco honors in cross country on her side, Nyquist caught the eye of Regis lacrosse coaches after an outstanding performance playing for Washington state’s U-19 regional team in the US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament last Memorial Day.

“I’m really excited about Regis,” said Nyquist who sought both a rigorous academic environment to challenger her in nursing studies and a school where she could participate in both lacrosse, which she played since the sixth grade and cross country since the eight grade.

After arranging a January visit to the Denver campus with lacrosse coach Sarah Kellner, Nyquist approached Rangers cross country coach John Esquibel about joining his harriers as a dual-sport student-athlete.

Both agreed that there was an opportunity for a student and an athlete of Nyquist’s caliber at Regis.

“Both coaches talked about it and are OK with it,” said Nyquist who is expecting some challenges coordinating practice times along with a busy class schedule, but is up for the test.

“It’ll be a lot of work especially in being in the nursing program.  If I’m busy I do better,” said Nyquist who, after being accepted to the academically rigorous school, earned academic and partial athletic scholarships with both sports.

For the midfielder who also excels as a defender, playing for Kellner, a former Cornell student-athlete, All-American and Big Red Hall of Famer, on a Rangers lacrosse squad that is on the cusp of its second-consecutive 10-win season and third in the last four years, is an honor.

“(Coach Kellner) is very positive and has a lot of composure.  She’s one of those people that are always there to help you,” Nyquist said.  “I need that.”

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Two-sport Snohomish student-athlete Hailey Nyquist (left) earned 4A All-Wesco honors in cross country and Washington State All-State honors in lacrosse last spring. (Photo: Nyquist Family)

And in cross country, where Nyquist was second among a Snohomish harriers troupe that finished fifth in the 2013 Washington state 4A cross country meet, her 5k time of 19:28.0 was not far off the 23:29.5 in the longer 6k NCAA distance logged by the Rangers’ top runner at this fall’s Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship meet.

Challenges and opportunities with both sports that she’s ready to meet head on.

“That’s when I’m at my best,” Nyquist said.  “Working with other players that are better than me.  That pushes me to the next level.  It will help me be my best.”

With a lacrosse goal of helping her college team reach the RMAC championships in any way that she can, Nyquist sees both sports complimenting one another.

“Cross country helps me build my character,” she said.  “It’s about mentally being strong.  That’s helped a lot with lacrosse.”

But after all of the work on the field and on the course, it’s the close-knit community that Nyquist discovered at Regis that makes her feel right at home.

“I feel like the school is very close and all about building your character and helping with all of the college experiences whether its academics, athletics or otherwise,” Nyquist said.

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Snohomish senior Hailey Nyquist (left) challenges a Bainbridge player during a 2013 Washington state girls high school lacrosse game. (Photo: Michael Jardine)

“I hope to have the same experience at Regis as I’ve had at Snohomish.”

Nyquist is the seventh lacrosse student-athlete from the North Sound and third from the Snohomish program this year to commit to play either NCAA or NAIA lacrosse following graduation.

The others are Glacier Peak High School’s Jake Berg (NAIA Missouri Valley College) and Hannah Dalrymple   (NCAA Div. 1 St. Mary’s College), Snohomish High School’s Davyd Powell  (NCAA Div. 1 Canisius College), Meadowdale High School’s Jordan Tindall and Niko May along with Cedar Park Christian School’s (plays for Snohomish) Gabe Girgus (NCAA Div. 2 Mount Olive College).

For a list of student-athletes from Washington state high schools that have signed National Letters of Intent or that have made verbal commitments to play NCAA lacrosse visit 2013-14 NCAA Lacrosse Commitments from Washington State.   Last spring, a record 53 high school graduates from Washington state earned varsity lacrosse roster spots at NCAA Division I, II and III schools.

To learn more about Hailey Nyquist visit: Prep Lacrosse Spotlight:  All-state lacrosse midfielder is fleet-of-foot for Snohomish harriers

About Lacrosse in Washington State
Lacrosse has over 100 years of history in Washington state with clubs playing in the early 1900s and high schools now in their fourth decade of state competition.  With Native American origins, lacrosse is one of the oldest organized sports on the continent and today is considered the fastest growing sport in America.  In Washington state, some 4,000 student-athletes attending over 200 high schools play prep lacrosse, while another 6,000 play lacrosse at the youth, adult and collegiate club levels throughout the state.  For more information on high school lacrosse in Washington state visit http://www.WashingtonHSLAX.com.

 

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~ Mike McQuaid, Sports Information Director, US Lacrosse – Washington State Chapter

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