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Aaron Dufresne signs his National Letter of Intent to continue playing Track & Field at Frostburg University.

#NationalSigningDay2022: Aaron Dufresne signs to run with the Bobcats at Frostburg

On February 2, 2022, Aaron Dufresene signed to run for the Bobcats at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, Maryland. The Frostburg Bobcats track and field team is a NCAA Division ll college track team. 

He has been playing on varsity track and field since freshman year. Over his four years, he has built an impressive portfolio. His freshman year he was a member of the regional team for the 4 x 200 relay. Helped his team be the runner up for regionals his junior year. Title holder in the 4 x 100 relay, in both counties and regional meets his junior year. Qualified for states a couple of times and recently broke 7 seconds in his 55 meter dash.

Dufresne is on the starting line, getting ready to begin a relay race in outdoor track. (David Sears)

Dufresne has been actively involved in track over the course of the past seven years. He has run with the Lightning Running Club where he learned the basics and started his running career. Entering high school, Dufresne has been on varsity for both indoor and outdoor track all four years.

When it came to college level track, Dufrense was considering other schools including California University of Pennsylvania, and East Stroudsburg University. He decided on Frostburg State because it wasn’t too far from home and likes the size of the school. He also likes how involved and passionate the men’s track coach is. 

“I really like the proximity of the school to my home. I also like the size, not too big but not too small,” said Dufresne. 

He is currently undecided, but he plans on majoring in mass communications or health sciences at FSU. After he graduates, he plans to get a well established job and stay active through running and sprinting. 

…he will be something special at Frostburg, I guarantee that

— Coach Eckard

“I am nervous about playing at a higher level because of the increase in talent, but I’m looking forward to the self improvement the challenges will bring me and my track capabilities,” said Dufresne. 

Dufresne and fellow athlete, Oral Coleman, celebrate after they complete a race. (David Sears)

Dufrense is grateful for his parents and his teammates who he considered his biggest supporters.

“Aaron has always played football, so we were surprised when he wanted to join a club track team. We are so proud of him committing to college and running track at the next level,” said Mr. and Mrs. Dufresne.

Over this past summer Dufresne attended a sprinting camp where the Frostburg Coach, Shane Brookshire watched. The coach liked his performance, so he reached out to him later and their interest slowly built up as he went through the recruiting process. When he was invited to visit a second time they showed a lot of interest in him joining the team. This showed that the coach truly cared and wanted to work with each athlete.

Men’s Track and Field at Frostburg has recently performed well for being a new Division II contender. Their coach is Shane Brookshire.

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