Beaumont School senior Ashley Rulison signed a National Letter of Intent to run cross country and track at Coastal Carolina University on Wednesday (Nov. 14) afternoon.
CCU is a Division I school located in the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina metropolitan area.
The Chanticleers compete in the Sun Belt Conference and Rulison will be coached by Zola (Budd) Pieterse, the two-time Olympian who competed for Great Britain in the 1984 Los Angeles Games and represented South Africa at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Budd twice broke the world record in the 5000 meters and twice was the women’s winner at the World Cross Country Championships.
Rulison, a Burton native, excelled during her years as Blue Streak.
She burst onto the scene by finishing 10th at the Division II state cross country meet as a freshman in 2015 and came back with a third place finish as a sophomore the following year. Rulison was sidelined last fall due to injury but helped the Blue Streaks make a return to the state meet this year where they finished eighth as a team.
As sophomore, she qualified for the state track meet in the 1600 (finished 12th), 3200 (placed 16th) and as a member of Beaumont’s 4×800 relay quartet that took fifth.
Last year, Rulison ran second on Beaumont’s 4×800 relay team that took third at the state track meet in Columbus and also anchored the 4×400 team that finished fifth in the state.
Rulison intends to pursue a degree in marketing at Coastal Carolina University.