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Woodstock's Beattie picks Central Michigan

Published: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 6:17 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013 6:17 p.m. CDT
Woodstock's Maura Beattie, here winning the Class 2A Belvidere Sectional, committed to NCAA Division I Central Michigan to run on a cross country and track and field scholarship. Photo by Phil Marruffo

As the third sister in her famous running family, Woodstock senior Maura Beattie possessed some knowledge on college recruitment.

Three years ago, Maura tagged along on most of sister Kayla’s official visits.

“I just wanted to see the college campuses,” Maura said. “I kind of knew what was going on and had an idea how their processes went. I would talk to [oldest sister] Elise about it occasionally.”

It was Maura’s turn this summer and fall as she narrowed her prospective list to three schools – Central Michigan, Eastern Illinois and Bowling Green. Beattie chose Central Michigan over the weekend and will run cross country and track and field next year for the Chippewas.

“My dad [Dave] and I visited Central Michigan over the summer and I really liked the campus and the coach,” Beattie said. “I went there for an official visit after the McHenry County Meet [in August] and got to meet some of the girls. They gave me a lot of information and I felt that school was a good fit for me.”

Beattie finished her high school cross country career on Nov. 9 by taking fifth in the Class 2A State Meet at Peoria’s Detweiller Park. She was all state in cross country in 2010 (seventh), 2012 (17th) and this year.

Beattie also won the Class 2A 3,200 meters last spring in track and field, and placed sixth in the 1,600 as a junior.

“I thought [the season] went well for me,” Beattie said. “I was able to come back after track and just keep on continuing making improvement with time and my strength.”

Beattie figures she will run the 5,000 and 10,000 meters in college because she likes the longer races.

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