By Sean Krofssik
SOUTHINGTON — State track champions Amanda Howe and Megan Biscoglio of Southington know where they’ll be continuing their careers next year: At the Division I level in college.
The two seniors will each sign a National Letter of Intent on Wednesday at Southington High School. Howe is heading to Iowa University. Biscoglio is heading to the University of Connecticut.
Both are coming off of junior seasons in which they won State Open championships, Howe in the discus and Biscoglio in the pole vault.
Howe has won two straight Class LL discus championships. She followed up her first State Open title with a first-place performance at the New England Championships.
At each step of the way, Howe threw for a greater distance: 138-5 in Class LL, 139-9 at the Open, 144-8 at New England.
Before deciding on Iowa, Howe also made official visits to Elon University, William & Mary, James Madison, Pittsburgh and Iowa.
“It’s insane,” Howe said of committing to Iowa. “The University of Iowa is a Big 10 school and to make it to a Division I school and a Power 5 school is insane. It showed that all of hard work and dedication has paid off.”
Howe said the recruiting process was fun at first, but when it was time to make a decision it became more stressful. But she’s pleased with her new destination.
“The people at Iowa are extremely friendly,” Howe said. “No one has any ego and that was surprising with such a highly competitive school. I loved the campus. Half of it is like a small city. Those things combined and the sports factor made it a good fit for me.”
As for Biscoglio, she literally took Southington girls pole vaulting to new heights in the spring of 2017. She cleared 12 feet in a May 9 dual meet to set a new team record and secure a spot in the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Biscoglio hit for 12 feet again on June 5, this time at the State Open. That's the vault that earned the junior her first state championship.
She went on to place second at the New England Championships.
Biscoglio had offers from Lehigh, Bucknell, Sacred Heart and Ithaca, among others. After visiting UConn, the choice was obvious for her.
“I felt it was the best fit for me,” Biscoglio said. “With the combination of academics and athletics, UConn was the place for me.”
Despite being an Open champion, Biscoglio said she could never imagine signing with a Division I school when first learning the sport.
“My freshman year, I only jumped seven feet, six inches and I didn’t make states,” Biscoglio said. “As a sophomore, I barely qualified for states with a jump of eight feet. At states, I finished last. It was a long road. I never thought I would wind up doing this is college. But I have to thank my parents, coaches and teammates for pushing me.”
Wednesday’s signing ceremony is at 4:30 p.m. in the school library.
Also signing in Southington on Wednesday are:
Kara Zazzaro: The softball pitcher is heading to Iona College.
Molly Dobratz: A lacrosse and field hockey player, Dobratz is going to Post University to play lacrosse.
Dylan Chiaro: The baseball player is signing with the University of New Haven.