|ASHLEY DILTZ COMMITS TO WRIGHT STATE...
Covington senior Ashley Diltz will be running for Wright State after a stellar high school career at Covington High School.
May 19, 2008 COVINGTON
Covington senior Ashley Diltz signed a letter of intent to attend Wright State University, where she will run both cross country and track for the Raiders.
"We're very proud of Ashley for what she's accomplished so far," said he father Brian Diltz. "She's worked hard for everything she's achieved and this (signing with Wright State) is another accomplishment. Not too many kids get the opportunity she has."
That opportunity is the same her coach and mentor Libby Long enjoyed after a stellar career at Covington. Long was a standout runner for Wright State earlier this decade.
And Diltz credits Long for her development as a runner.
"She has always been there for me," said Diltz. "I look up to her because she's been there - she knows what it takes to be successful. She pushes me as a runner and gives me the emotional support I need when I run. I can't thank her enough for everything she's done for me."
Libby, along with Josh, her husband and another of Diltz' coaches, credits Diltz' drive and determination for getting her the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level.
"We're excited for her," said Libby. "She's such a driven kid and a really hard worker. Ashley's such a great kid."
Josh Long agreed.
"They (Wright State) are getting an outstanding person," he said. "They don't come any better than Ashley. She's fun to be around and sets a good example of how to act for the younger kids."
Dave Tobias, who also has coached Diltz on the track has witnessed the leadership qualities as well.
"She has a phenomenal work ethic and she'll do whatever it takes to help the team," Tobias said. "This weekend (at the CCC Meet) was a prime example of that. She won the 800 (Meter Run), finished second in the 1600 (Meter Run) and ran in the 4x800 (Meter Relay). Then we asked her to run the 3200 (Meter Run). She gutted it out for the team and got seventh, which gave us more team points. That's the type of kid she is."
Tobias has also seen what Diltz brings to practice.
"She gets her work out and takes off," he continued. "No questions asked. Her work ethic and determination sets the tone for the younger kids. She has goals and expectations of herself and she does what it takes to get it done."
Diltz not only pushes herself on the track, but in the classroom as well.
She will graduate with a 3.2 GPA and has earned academic honors along the way, include being recognized as the Student/Athlete of the Month in October.
Her work ethic in the classroom is what make her parents most proud.
"That's what we're proud of most," smiled her mother Penny Diltz. "Being strong in academics is more important than the athletics and Ashley has managed to balance both. Without the academics she wouldn't have the opportunity she has at Wright State."
With a younger sister in the seventh grade, Ashley's performance as an all-around student/athlete provides a positive example.
"She's been a good role model for Brit (Brittany)," said Brian. "She sees what Ashley does and how she does it, so it does set a good example. Ashley's very family oriented and grounded and Brit sees that."
Although Diltz hasn't decided on a major, she understands her priorities once she arrives at Wright State.
"My first priority is to make good grades," she said. "That's the number one thing. As far as Cross Country and Track, I just want to continue to improve my times. I know the competition will be stiffer, but I'll focus on bettering myself."
The fact that Diltz will be competing close to home is satisfying to her family and coaches.
"Oh yeah, we'll go watch her run," said Libby Long. "As a matter of fact, we have a Cross Country Meet in Yellow Springs where Wright State will be there competing on the same day. That will give the kids an opportunity to see Ashley run next year."
Ashley's family plans on making road trips as well.
"We'll be there (at Ashley's meets) whenever its possible," said Penny. "With her being at Wright State, we probably won't have to drive much further than we did during high school."
Which makes it that much sweeter for Ashley choosing Wright State University as her next venture.