Four Murrieta Mesa athletes accept college scholarships

Four student-athletes from Murrieta Mesa High School signed national letters of intent on Monday. Murrieta 24/7 photos: Doug Spoon Four...

Four student-athletes from Murrieta Mesa High School signed national letters of intent on Monday.
Murrieta 24/7 photos: Doug Spoon

Four of the top student-athletes in the Murrieta Mesa High School athletic program were introduced to a large crowd on campus Monday afternoon as they signed national letters of intent to accept college scholarships.

"The most important thing is your journey and how you prepare for your journey," athletic director John Broussard told the athletes. "Where you are is absolutely special, because you are now entering a phase where only 10 percent of all high school athletes go. I can't understate this. Congratulations to all of you."

Each athlete addressed the audience, following comments by his or her coach. Here's a brief look at each of the athletes who signed letters of intent on Monday:

Elena Duran
Belmont Abbey College

Duran will have played varsity softball for four years, seeing action at both third base and shortstop. She also played on the girls volleyball team last fall.

"Elena always shows pride and dedication to her team," said her coach, Antonio Romero. "It has been a pleasure coaching her. I am confident Elena will make an impact on the softball program at Belmont Abbey College." The school is located in North Carolina.

Lucy Herrera
Menlo College
Women's volleyball

Herrera actually made her commitment official last fall. She has been a part of the volleyball program since her freshman year. An outside hitter and defensive specialist, she helped the Rams advance to their first-ever CIF playoff game.

"I was fortunate to have a strong senior class, and Lucy really personified that," said her coach, Pat Manning. "It was important to have someone like her we could really count on. We got a lot of compliments from other coaches about her play."

Kaelyn Del Rosario
University of San Francisco
Women's soccer

Del Rosario first began developing as a player with Arsenal FC as a 9-year-old and steadily progressed, earning selection to the Cal South ODP player pool two times. She has been a four-year starter at Mesa and serves as captain of the team this season.

"Kaelyn is a special type of player that comes along every few years," said her coach. "What separates her from the average player is her ability to lift the play of those around her and quickly make game-changing decisions."

Kahlo Chitraroff
Colorado Mesa University
Cross country mountain biking

Excelling in a sport we don't see often at the high school level in this area, Chitraroff worked hard under several coaches and traveled to other states for competitions that earned him a scholarship to the Colorado school, where he can continue to pursue his biking career.

Murrieta Mesa, Murrieta Valley and Great Oak are the only high schools in the region to have competitive cycling programs. Chitraroff finished his freshman years ranked third among 79 racers in California. As he progressed, he joined a junior developmental team called SoCal Devo.


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