CRAYVILLE — Taconic Hills track standout Amelia Canetto, signed her letter of intent Monday afternoon to run for the Coastal Carolina University Chanticleers next fall.
A hard worker on the field and in the classroom, Canetto does not see the point in striving in one area more seriously than the other.
“I just feel like if you’re not putting all your effort in, then what’s the point in doing it,” Canetto said.
Amelia was also considering the University of Rhode Island, but decided that her aspirations to major in marine biology at Coastal Carolina.
Canetto holds individual records at Taconic Hills in the 100m, 200m, and 400m sprints, as well as two relay records as a part of the 1,600m and 3,200m teams.
Titans track coach Audrey Hallenback described Amelia as “an extremely coachable, focused, and hard-working athlete, whose intensity and competitive nature will make her a welcome, and successful to the Coastal Carolina track program.”
In fact, this competitive drive pushed Canetto to earn a bronze medal in the 400m at the NYS Track & Field Championships in 2019.
This idea of continuing to better herself was even more evident when I got to this signing, and was told Canetto was actually coming straight to the event from a workout.
Amelia’s indoor track and USATF coach Neil Howard was also very confident in her abilities and emphasized her willingness to go the extra mile in everything.
“Amelia is a true student-athlete,” he said. “Her outstanding work ethic on the track, in field hockey and in the classroom is an inspiration to us all.
“Amelia goes above and beyond in pursuit of excellence, and there are few rivaled by her competitiveness and attention to detail in academics and sports.”