For Regina Rosati, the best option was also the closest.
The South Glens Falls senior signed her letter of intent Wednesday to attend Siena College and participate in cross country and track and field. Rosati is receiving a partial athletic scholarship, as well as some academic money, from the Division I school that competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Rosati is preparing for her second consecutive appearance in the State Cross Country Championships on Saturday. She earned her spot this year by placing second in the Class B girls race at the Section II championships on Nov. 4. Prior to that, she won the girls race at the Foothills Council championships.
She also was the first-team 1,500-meter selection on the Foothills Council track and field all-star team, and finished second in that event at the Section II Group 2 meet. In indoor track, Rosati won the 1,000 and was part of the winning 4x800 relay team at the Foothills Council meet.
“It’s been so much work, but I am so thankful for the support I’ve had, and I’m really excited to go to Siena,” Rosati said. “It’s a great school. I fell in love with it as soon as I went there, and they’re going to help me advance in my running career, and I’m excited.”
Rosati said after she visited Siena the first time, she knew she really liked it, but was considering other schools, including SUNY Geneseo, Iona and University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Her desire to major in nursing helped her choose Siena.
“Siena is creating a nursing major right now,” Rosati said. “It might not be ready by my freshman year, but it will hopefully be ready by my sophomore year.”
Rosati revisited Siena during the fall and knew she had found her place.
“Siena ended up working out the best,” she said.