Athol runner Assumption bound

  • Athol's Dennis St. Jean competes in the 1000-meter run during the PVIAC indoor track championship during the outdoor track & field season.  Staff Photo/Dan Little

  • Dennis St. Jean, of Athol, signs his National Letter of Intent to Assumption College, Friday in Athol.   STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

  • Dennis St. Jean’s National Letter of Intent event at Athol High School, Friday in Athol.  STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

  • Dennis St. Jean (center) with family (left to right) mother Eileen St. Jean, grandfather Dennis St. Jean, grandmother Bernice St. Jean and father/coach David St. Jean, Friday in Athol.  STAFF PHOTO/ADAM HARGRAVES

Staff Writer 
Published: 4/12/2019 8:12:39 PM
Modified: 4/12/2019 8:12:29 PM

Dennis St. Jean spent a lot of time in high school running and training to increase his performance for the Athol track and field team.

The dedication to his craft will now propel him to the next level of athletics.

The distance specialist signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and athletic career at Assumption College on Friday afternoon.

“I had a few different offers but I really liked Assumption,” St. Jean said. “I thought it would be fun to be part of a program that’s kind of young and on the up.”

Athletic Director Dan Bevis led the NLI signing at Athol High School’s Mallet Gymnasium in front of family, friends and faculty.

Bevis listed off St. Jean’s athletic accomplishments, followed by his academic achievements. St. Jean will finish his career as a Red Raider with 17 varsity letters.

In the classroom, St. Jean currently holds a 4.02 GPA and is ranked 3rd in his class. With a few strokes of penmanship, St. Jean officially committed to Assumption College. 

There were offers and interest from all three collegiate divisions.

“I liked Assumption more because of the smaller campus,” St. Jean said. “Coming from a school (Athol) like this where you know everybody, I’d like to go somewhere where I can walk into class and see someone I know.”

St. Jean plans on running the mid-distance events for coach Assumption coach Trent Baltzell.

“I am going to try cross country next year also,” St. Jean said. “Which will be interesting.”

St. Jean follow Athol alums Emily Casella and Kris Selanis who also joined the Greyhounds. 

“I have known Emily for a long time,” St. Jean said. “It was cool seeing her go there and succeed at the level that she has. Same thing for Kris. That definitely played a part in it.”

David St. Jean, Dennis’ father and coach, watched his son sign the letter. Along with his mother Eileen St. Jean and grandparents Bernice and Dennis St. Jean.

“I thought it was awesome,” David St. Jean said. “I know how hard he worked. He sacrificed a lot to do this. I don’t think a lot of people understand that. Most of that is his decision. Even the whole recruiting process. He’s been responsible for this.”

With one more track and field season to go for the Red Raiders, St. Jean is looking to break the school record in the 800-meter event.

St. Jean holds the indoor record in the 1,000-meter run. During his time with the outdoor and indoor track and field team, St. Jean earned All-League a total of seven times.

St. Jean also played four years of varsity soccer for the Red Raiders. 

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