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GREENSBORO, N.C. - UNCG head cross country coach Chad Pearson announced the signing of Kathleen Mansure to a National Letter of Intent Tuesday afternoon.

"We are thrilled to have Kathleen join the Spartan Family at UNCG.  Throughout the entire recruiting process, we were very impressed with Kathleen in all areas including her running and dedication to academics but Kathleen is also just a special individual and we jumped at the chance to bring her to UNCG," head coach Chad Pearson said. "It was a pleasure to get to know not only Kathleen but her entire family during her recruiting visit.  Our girls really enjoyed hanging out with Kathleen and are excited to welcome her as their teammate. Kathleen came to UNCG and was impressed with everything that we had to offer as a university and distance running program. She is the model student-athlete and strives for success both in the classroom and on the cross country course which is something that is very important to us at UNCG."

Mansure is a native of Boone, North Carolina. She attends Watauga High School in Boone, where she has seen plenty of success in her young career.  Mansure was the 2014 4A North Carolina High School State Cross Country Championship Runner-up on November 1, 2014. She ran the 5,000-meter race in 18:13.17 at the Ivey Redmon Sports Complex in Kernersville, N.C.

Mansure was also the 2014 Wendy’s Invitational Champion for the Girls Invitational Race. Her time of 17:33:00 was one second off the meet record at the McAlpine Greenway Park in Charlotte, N.C. Mansure also had a 16 second lead over the race runner-up.

The Watauga High senior also won the Girls High School 5,000-meter race at the Furman Classic in Greenville, S.C in 18:44.32. In that race, she finished nearly a full minute ahead of the second place finisher.

"Kathleen is running at a very high level and we are very excited about her transition as a college athlete.  Kathleen is a big piece of the puzzle as we try to bring championships to Greensboro," Pearson said. "We couldn't be happier to have her wear navy and gold in the next few years." 

Mansure plans to pursue the pre-physical therapy program at UNCG. She is the daughter of Victor and Margie Mansure and has a younger sister Elaine.