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South Colonie seniors sign letters of intent

Eight Colonie student-athletes announce their college choices

Austin DiCerbo, left, and Paolino Curto sign their names during a National Letter of Intent ceremony Thursday, April 24, at Colonie Central High School.

Austin DiCerbo, left, and Paolino Curto sign their names during a National Letter of Intent ceremony Thursday, April 24, at Colonie Central High School. Photo by Rob Jonas.

— Eight Colonie Central High School athletes signed their National Letters of Intent at a ceremony on Thursday, April 24.

Three track stars made their college choices known. Girls pole vaulter Kara Snyder selected Villanova, distance runner Jordan Johnson picked Stony Brook and Zach Bell signed with Merrimack.

Snyder has been Section II’s leading pole vaulter the past three years, but she said she’ll have to step up if she wants to be part of Villanova’s starting lineup.

“Before I graduate (Colonie), I want to clear 13 feet. And walking in, I’d like to clear four meters, which is 13 feet, 1 inch,” said Snyder. “I think I’m right there at 12 feet, 6 inches. I just have to tweak a couple of things before nationals (in June).”

Johnson will run track and cross country at Stony Brook, which is a member of America East.

“I love it. It’s a great place there,” said Johnson. “Coach (Andy) Ronan and coach (Jason) Hedman have a great program.”

Johnson said the only downside is he won’t be able to continue running with his younger brother, Jake, who is also a standout track and cross country athlete.

“He’s my best friend. We do everything together,” said Johnson.

Boys lacrosse player Khyan Gaddy will be joining his cousin, Chris West, at Southern New Hampshire University this fall. Gaddy and West are among the top five scorers for Colonie this season, with Gaddy netting eight goals and six assists and West posting 14 goals and five assists through the first eight games.

“We’ve been playing together for three years,” said Gaddy. “He knows what I’m going to do out there, and I know what he’s going to do.”

“It’s a good feeling,” said West, who signed with Southern New Hampshire earlier this year. “It’s going to feel more like home.”

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