When senior runner Melanie Rimawi went out for ninth grade soccer, she had no trouble with the conditioning. So much so, people told her she should try distance running.
"That's just how it happened," Rimawi said during her signing last week to run for Piedmont College in Demorest.
The small campus was just what she wanted.
"It just felt like home to her," said Melanie's mom Lisa.
Rimawi's dad, Ron, agreed.
"It's a completely different experience and the coach was very specifically saying I want her to come run with us. I have researched her and I know I can make her even better than the school did," he said.
Cross country coach Charles Beusse echoed the sentiments that Piedmont is a good fit for Rimawi.
"I am very proud of her. She's a great young lady. She's not just going to run, it's a place she feels comfortable," Beusse said. "It's been an honor to coach Melanie for the past three years. She is a fantastic runner and even better person. Piedmont is getting one of the best that we have to offer."
Cross country and track team members looked on in the media center at Dawson County High School as Rimawi signed the letter.
"Several years ago this school made the commitment to what is not traditionally been the major sports. When Coach Beusse came on, we started to see a lot of great results from that," said Dawson County High School Athletic Director Grady Turner.
"We are very proud and excited about this day," he said.