ROCK SPRINGS – Growing up, former Rock Springs High School long-distance runner Scarlett Sisemore always knew she was going to attend college. However, it wasn’t until the summer going into her senior year of high school when she began to ponder the idea of running at the next level.

“One day my parents just stopped me and asked if I was interested in possibly getting a college scholarship to run,” Sisemore said.

After a lengthy discussion with both of her parents, the next two individuals Sisemore talked with were her cross-country coaches Brad and Donna DeKrey.

From there, the process of turning Sisemore’s goal into a reality began.

After receiving the exciting news that Sisemore was interested in pursuing her cross-country career past the high school level, the DeKreys got in touch with one of their former runners, Parker Jones.

Not only was Jones an old teammate of Sisemore, but he currently runs cross-country for Central Wyoming Community College in Riverton.

From there, Jones did his friend a solid and began to talk Sisemore up to his head coach, Alfredo Lara. Soon after, Sisemore was starting to receive letters and phone calls from CWCC, asking her if she would be interested in a campus visit.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Sisemore said. “Once I found out they were interested in me, all I could think about at that time was just how great of a school CWCC was. After talking to coach Lara on the phone a few times, I really liked what he had to say.”

This past February, Sisemore and her family took Lara up on his offer and drove to Riverton. After meeting the coach in person and visiting the facilities, Sisemore knew right away where she was going to be attending college next fall.

“The first thing I noticed when I arrived on campus was how pretty everything was,” she said. “Everyone was super nice and most importantly, I felt extremely comfortable the entire time I was there.”

During her visit, it wasn’t just the friendly people and beautiful landscape that caught Sisemore’s attention, but after hearing about the criminal justice program that was offered, she heard all that she needed to hear.

“That was the final nail in the coffin,” she said. “Ever since I took my first criminal justice class sophomore year, I knew I wanted to one day become an FBI agent. For CWCC to have such an impressive program … that was really important to me.”

Three months after returning home, Sisemore made everything official. This past May, the four-year varsity runner signed her national letter of intent to continue her cross-country career with the Rustlers.

“I’m overwhelmed with excitement,” she said. “I can’t wait to get back up there and start something new.”

With high school now in the review mirror, Sisemore’s goal going into her freshman year is to continue to cut her times down. Currently she runs a 5K in the 21-minute range. One of her biggest goals this year is to trim that down around 19 minutes.

“It’s going to be tough, but I know it’s possible,” she said.

As for Sisemore’s former coach, Donna DeKrey, she believes Sisemore has the ability to accomplish anything she sets her mind to.

“Scarlett is an amazing person,” she said. “Between her positive attitude, strong character and her coachability, CWCC is getting an all-around great student and athlete.”

One of the biggest improvements coach Dekrey has noticed about Sisemore these last few years isn’t just her ability to grow as a runner, but even more so as a person.

“Three years ago, Scarlett was a shy freshman who hardly spoke to anyone,” Donna DeKrey said. “Now look at her. She has grown into such a strong, confident runner who is only going to keep improving.”

Even though Sisemore had always been one of the more consistent runners for the Tigers, it wasn’t until a few weeks into the start of her senior year that she realized the scope of her talents.

“After coming up with the decision to run in college, I wasn’t entirely sure I had what it takes to compete at that high of a level,” she said.

However, after traveling to Boise, Idaho, for the Bob Firman Meet, Sisemore was quickly reminded of just how good of a runner she actually was. During that meet, Sisemore pushed herself to one of her best career finishes and trimmed an entire minute off her previous times.

“That was an amazing accomplishment,” she said. “After that performance, that’s when it all of a sudden hit me. I thought to myself ... wow, now I know I have what it takes to compete at the next level.”

As the season grew older, Sisemore continued to push herself. Throughout the course of the year, the soon to be Rustler was adding even more miles onto her routine, trying to push herself to new limits.

“Thats the kind of person Scarlett is,” Donna DeKrey said. “She’s always willing to put in the extra work and never complains.”

With the new season right around the corner, Sisemore plans to spend the rest of the summer completing workouts her new coach has set up for her.

“It’s a lot of work, but these drills are only going to help me be successful at the next level,” she said.

Being a former track and field athlete at RSHS, Sisemore has no plans as of right now to compete for CWCC in that aspect.

“Right now my main focus is just on running. Depending on how things go, we will see about one day joining the track team,” she said.

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