Niagara Gazette

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July 18, 2013

Orfano brings unique tale to NU cross country

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Niagara Gazette — By choosing to become a Purple Eagle, young Ally becomes the third generation of her family to enroll at Monteagle Ridge.

“We’re very excited that she chose Niagara University,” said Ally's father, Frank Orfano. “My parents are both alumni. My mom was in nursing and my dad was in education and business. My wife’s parents are both graduates of Niagara University, so both sets of her grandparents are NU grads."

Although a Niagara legacy, Ally acknowledged she is starting again at the bottom of a team's hierarchy as an incoming freshman. Knowing how she set an example as a Wolverine captain, she will now look to her elder teammates to learn and further develop.

As she spoke with the Gazette, some older students passed through the doors nearby, glanced in our direction, then went about their business. Had they been any of Ally's newer, older teammates, what would be the first thing she'd ask?

"How different is it from the high school level to the college level? I know it'll be different but I don't know how different."

Her former coaches believe that if her new coaches can understand her, Aly can thrive at the collegiate level.

"I truly believe that Aly's best running days are ahead of her," Wagner said. "She is just scratching the surface in her knowledge of sport. With the excellent coaching that she will receive NU, Aly will continue to improve. I look forward to watching her run this season."

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