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LaBelle will be a ‘Geoduck’ next year

Sean LaBelle laughs as he reads a congratulatory card at his letter of intent signing Wednesday. The senior will run on the track and cross country teams next year for Evergreen State College. - John Becerra Jr./Staff Photo
Sean LaBelle laughs as he reads a congratulatory card at his letter of intent signing Wednesday. The senior will run on the track and cross country teams next year for Evergreen State College.
— image credit: John Becerra Jr./Staff Photo

Sean LaBelle loves to run and he wanted to do it in college.

He made that official Wednesday as he signed a letter of intent to run track and cross country at the Evergreen State College this fall.

“I kind of figured I’d be running for Evergreen and I talked to (head) coach (Jason McConnell) and he said he’d like to have me on the team,” LaBelle said. “I think the big surprise for me was getting a grant and getting a $1,000 scholarship to run there.”

The school’s nickname is the ‘Geoducks’ and is based out of Olympia. They compete in the NAIA and both teams finished in the top 10 at last year’s Cascade Collegiate Conference Championships.

ESC is also notable for its non-traditional academic courses as narrative evaluation, instead of letter/number grades, are used. Students choose one 16 credit program to study over the entire quarter and there are no ‘majors.’

That style of learning also appealed to LaBelle.

“It’s an interdisciplinary system so it incorporates a lot of elements into one class,” he said. “It’s a really open environment and you collaborate with a lot of people. It’s a community based college and that’s what I like about it – I like that sense of community.”

LaBelle said he plans to get a degree in either sociobiology or animal linguistics, but does not know what he wants to do for a career.

While he readies for the postseason (he has qualified for the Metro League meet in the 800 meter run and the 4x400 relay with teammates Drew Wickens, Corey Dunn and John Murphy) LaBelle is also taking part in his other love, photography.

He’s currently hosting a photo show at Bainbridge Bakers for the month of May as his senior project. All of the photos shown are on sale with the proceeds going to the Westsound Wildlife Shelter.

LaBelle hopes to take part in the photography program at Evergreen.

“I feel like I’m probably going to just keep doing it my entire life – just like running,” he said.

 

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