West Noble senior cross country and track standout Casey Wallen will be attending the University of Saint Francis next fall to continue her academic and athletic career. Wallen received KPC first team All Area honors this fall along with being All NECC. Casey also qualified for the cross country semi-state this past cross country season.
While at St. Francis, Casey plans on studying Radiology. She really liked the campus and the programs that they offer there. Casey added, “It is close to home and I really enjoyed meeting my future teammates and coaches.” While Wallen is an accomplished distance runner, she is hoping to focus more on the middle distance events in college track.
Coach Kyle Allison who is the Director of cross country and track at St. Francis likes the momentum his program is gaining. After only 2 years at the helm, St. Francis is considered to be an up and coming program in the NAIA. “I see Casey coming in and helping fill the void of some of our losses due to graduation. Casey will probably train with our 3K and 5K group. She has a good work ethic and comes from a strong program at West Noble.”
As for West Noble cross country and track coach Kirstin Alles, “We are really going to miss Casey next year. She is a very talented runner, but she also has brought a great deal of leadership to our program. I look forward to seeing her compete at the next level.”
Casey is the daughter of Josephine and Jeremy Wallen of Wawaka. Congratulations Casey! We are proud of you.
Front- Mother Josephine Wallen, Casey Wallen, Father Jeremy Wallen
Back- Former WNMS coach Daric Weimer, Former WNHS Coach Chuck Schlemmer, sister Megan Wallen, Kyle Allison- Bethel Director of XC/Track, Corey Birchmeier- Bethel Head XC Coach, Kirstin Alles- West Noble XC and Track Coach.