By Ryan Kaczmarski
Magnificat senior and Avon resident Macey Walker has signed to Canisius College (Buffalo, NY) and will compete on the women’s cross country team.
“I feel that (Canisius) was the best option, and they gave me the best offer,” Walker said. “Academically, it’s a great school.”
Walker plans on going into the pre-med program at Canisius, which will give her a chance to apply to medical school as a junior, something that is rarely offered before the senior year of college.
“I’ve always wanted to go into pre-med, so being that I can apply (to med school) as a junior, really was a big deal and a big part of (signing to Canisius).”
The other schools that she was considering were the University of Cincinnati, Miami University (Oh) and Ohio University.
Walker sees the Buffalo, N.Y. campus as a perfect fit for her.
“I wanted to be somewhere around three to four hours away from home,” she said. “(Canisius) is about three and a half hours away, so not too far, but not too close either.
There will be a definite jump in the level of competition from high school, to Division I college athletics, but Walker is confident in her ability to get stronger and faster.
“I’m definitely going to have to increase my mileage (in training),” she said. “(Magnificat head coach Anjenette Arabian-Whitman) has definitely prepared me well, and after talking to the Canasius coaches, I fell like I’ll probably fit in well.”
Walker had a chance to stay overnight on one of her visits to the Canisius campus, bunking with some of her future teammates.
“That was one of the major parts of why I decided to go to Canisius,” she said. “They seem like a really tight-knit team, and it’s good to know that I’m going to go somewhere with teammates like that.”
“We’re really excited,” Macey’s mother, Bridget Walker, said.
“We’re excited for her to go there to run and get into the medical program and take her next step in life,” her father, Kyle Walker said.
Walker was part of the Magnificat state champion team in her sophomore year of high school, and has also qualified, as an individual, in the state indoor track championships.
“I’ll be running all year long – Canisius does not have an official track team – (the cross country team) keeps training all year and enters a couple track meets, but it’s not as an official team, so it’s more like a club.”
In Walker’s estimation, Magnificat High School has prepared her both in the classroom and in athletics for success in the rest of her life.
“I went to my counselor a lot and she helped me, because I stressed out a lot over this decision,” she stated. “I know academically, I’ve been prepared well and athletically as well.
“I’m not exactly sure how my freshman year will go (athletically), but I’m hoping to improve a lot and be able to see what my new coach has for me to help me improve.”