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Track Standout Bria Barnes Signs National Letter of Intent to Attend Iowa State

Bria Barnes signs letter of intent to Iowa State Univerity Panthers’ senior track athlete Bria Barnes, who runs in sprints and sprint relays and served as an important cog in CHS extending its District I Championship to six consecutive seasons this past spring, signed a national letter of intent to become an Iowa State Cyclone at a signing ceremony this morning at CHS.

“On my visit, campus felt more my pace,” Barnes said of the Ames, Iowa, university with nearly 35,000 students. “I really liked the coach (Frank Rizzo) because he didn’t act big time. He was very genuine.”

In her first three years running at Cheltenham, Barnes built an impressive resume that also drew interest from Penn State and University of Pittsburgh. “I didn’t feel any pressure about selecting Iowa State, but it was a difficult decision because there were things I liked about all three schools,” Barnes said. “But Iowa State fit me best as a person.”

As a junior, Barnes was part of the 4x100-meter relay which took the state title for the fourth consecutive season; ran on the District I champion 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays; and was a member of the champion 4x100-meter Tri-State relay at the 124th running of the Penn Relays.

“Bria’s leadership and dedication to herself and team are what continuously adds to the outstanding legacy of the Cheltenham Track & Field Program,” said coach Jerome Lowery.

Barnes will study accounting and plans to run the 400-meter hurdles and 400 meters and 4x200- and 400-meter relays as a collegian.

“The process was arduous but exciting,” said Shirley Barnes, Bria’s mother. “And it was an opportunity for Bria to make an independent decision. Iowa State is a great school where Bria can thrive in athletics and academics. I’m proud she’s been able to achieve this level of success and excited for the opportunities opening up for her.”