TWIN FALLS, Idaho ( KMVT / KSVT ) A pair of Twin Falls runners plan to go far in college, but stay close.
Alyse Douglas and Kami Withers signed with the College of Southern Idaho Cross Country team Monday afternoon.
Both feel that the Twin Falls coaching staff prepared them for the discipline and hard work needed at the next level.
Douglas' highest finish came freshman year when she placed second at districts and took 11th at state.
Withers earned all-state honors from sophomore through senior year, her highest finish was this year when she took fifth at state.
As a team the Lady Bruins earned the 4A state championship last year and took second in October.
The success of the Golden Eagles this year stood out to the girls.
Douglas said, "when I went and toured, seeing what all she has done for them this year, I felt is a really good opportunity for me. Not leaving home, not going far away was a plus."
Withers said, "Twin prepared me for this level by pushing me and always expecting my best, so I was able to set goals and improve and I think that's an important part of college athletics."
"I've had them both in classrooms. They're both near 4.0 students, they care about everybody, they're great teammates and pick someone up when someone is down. Being around kids like this is why we coach," explained Twin Falls head cross country coach Marty Grindstaff.
CSI head coach Lindsey Anderson said, "so this year I've really been focusing on who I can bring in from Twin Falls, Canyon Ridge and Jerome, just to start building a program that has more of a community feel to it when you have those local kids."
After CSI, Douglas wants to finish her four-year degree in-state. Withers hopes to improve times and continue at a four-year school.