April 11, 2014 — Glens Falls senior Zoe Doolittle has signed her National Letter of Intent to throw shot and discus at Division I school University at Albany next year. The future Great Dane made her decision official surrounded by friends and family members at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Thursday, April 11.
“This is her day,” said Athletic Director Chip Corlew. “She’s earned it, with the help of her folks, coaches, everybody who’s paved this way with her.”
Zoe says she’s glad to have made the decision to attend UAlbany. “It’s a great campus, a great school, great team. It’s going to be fun,” she said. Zoe says she’s most looking forward to getting better at throwing and seeing where it takes her.
She has high hopes for this season at GFHS, too. “I seem to be throwing farther than I was this time last year,” she noted. “I would like to get over 40 in the shot put, and over 135 in the discus,” she said while discussing where her sights are set this year. Zoe already holds school records in discus with 120.3 feet and shot put in 38.6 feet.
She’s says ready for a strong senior season, having lifted weights more during this fall and winter’s swimming and hockey seasons.
“Coach Hall a couple of summers ago, met with Zoe almost every day on free time, just to practice throwing,” said Zoe’s mother, Bella Doolittle. “It was really generous of him to do that.”
“She had potential, even when I had her on modified,” said Coach Kevin Hall. “She could potentially get there and be D1. It’s good to see, because I knew if she put in the work, she’d be able to do it.” Coach Hall can’t recall any other GFHS student throwing at the Division I level before Zoe. “She’s the first at D1, so it’s exciting.”
“We’re excited to watch her throw, especially in Puerto Rico,” said Zoe’s father, Will Doolittle, referring to a meet held internationally as part of the UAlbany schedule.
Zoe is currently undecided on her major. She looked at UVM,
Cornell, Union College, and other schools during her college
search process. She says she’s spoken regularly with two
people on UAlbany’s team, and describes them as funny and fun.
“They have the same sense of humor as me.”