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Two Pingry Girls Sign NCAA Division I National Letters of Intent

Kicking off the National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing season, two Pingry seniors—both girls— recently marked their formal commitment to pursue their education and athletic careers at, coincidentally, the same Division I school, Lafayette College. What's more, they will be on the same team, track & field. Approximately 25 more college-bound athletes from Pingry expect to compete for Ivy League and Division III teams and are awaiting their December early decisions.

We look forward to updating the Pingry community in the spring with the full list of college-bound athletes. In the meantime, if you're curious, read last year's article, in which 27 student-athletes headed to college teams.

Pingry's two NLI signers are as follows:

Grace O'Mara '19—Lafayette College—track & field
A four-time varsity letter winner in track and field and two-time captain of the team, Grace currently holds the school record in the discus (123'5") and has the second farthest throw for shot put (35'9"). In 2018, she placed first in the discus and took third in the shot put at the NJSIAA Non-Public A Track and Field Championships. Grace is also a four-year letter winner and captain on both the Girls' Varsity Swim Team and the Varsity Water Polo Team. At Lafayette, she will continue to throw the discus as well as the hammer and javelin.

"Grace's smarts, athleticism, and intensity have been a veritable boon to the entire throwing program at Pingry. The manner in which she cares for all of her teammates, sweats the small stuff, and communicates with our coaching staff models the attributes we look to inculcate in all our athletes. Our top scorer in all three throwing events, she is the school's record holder in the discus at 123'5" and, at 35'9", is eight inches away from the shot put record with another season to go! Grace teams up with Solape once more in the spring to form an intimidating pair of throwers!"—Head Throwing Coach Norman Lavalette

Oluwasolape Fakorede '19—Lafayette College—track & field
A four-year varsity letterer in track and field, Solape advanced to the NJSIAA Non-Public A Track and Field Championships last year for both discus and shot put. In the latter event, she threw a PR of 31'10".  She has also played Big Blue basketball all four years and will serve as co-captain of the varsity team this winter. This past fall, she even gave the soccer team a try. At Lafayette, Solape will throw both the discus and shot put.

"Solape's strength, athleticism, and her infectiously positive personality work in concert to produce a powerful mindset that is critical to success in our throwing program. As our second leading scorer, she has accumulated quite a number of points for us in the shot put and the discus events over the last three years. With her perseverance and openness toward getting better, the sky truly is the limit for her during this upcoming spring season."—Head Throwing Coach Norman Lavalette


Contact: Andrea Dawson, Senior Writer,