CHS cross county runner Copploe signs at OSU

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School senior cross county and track runner Giovanni Copploe was joined by his parents, Vinny and Jean Copploe, as he formally announced his intention to continue his academic and running career at The Ohio State University at a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony at the high school on Dec. 12.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield High School senior cross county and track runner Giovanni Copploe (center) singed his National Letter of Intent to continue his academic and running career at The Ohio State University with his family and coaches, from left, Vinny Copploe, Mike Dahman, Head Cross County Coach Steve Hlaudy and Jean Copploe by his side.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Canfield High School senior cross county and track runner Giovanni Copploe formally announced his intention to continue his academic and running career at The Ohio State University at a National Letter of Intent signing ceremony at the high school on Dec. 12.

He is the son of Vinny and Jean Copploe.

In cross country, Copploe is a three-time state qualifier, a one-time state placer (19th place), All Ohio, three-time First Team All AAC, one-time Mahoning County Champion and one-time AAC Champion. In indoor track, Copploe is a one-time state qualifier, one-time state placer (seventh place) and All Ohio. In track, Copploe is a one-time State Qualifier, Regional Champion, District Runner-up, National Qualifier, placed 12th at Nationals and is the Canfield High School Record Holder for the 3200-meter run (9:09).

Cross County Head Coach Steve Hlaudy welcomed Copploe’s teammates, classmates, coaches and CHS faculty and staff to the ceremony.

“This is a great time for us and a great time for Giovanni. From a coach’s point of view, it can’t get any better. He holds the school record in the two mile. What we are looking at is, single handedly, the best long distance runner to walk the halls of Canfield High School. And he did it in D1. It took talent, hard work, good luck and good health and a good network of teammates, coaches and parents. This moment is for Mr. and Mrs. Copploe, too. It’s not just for Giovanni or for us, it’s for them, too. And I’d like to recognize one last person, Coach Mike Dahman. Giovanni wouldn‘t be here without Mike,” Hlaudy said.

Hlaudy then turned the stage over to Copploe to sign his National Letter of Intent and to say a few words to the large crowd.

“I’d like to thank my parents for their support and my coaches for telling me what to do and helping me in certain situations. I’d also like to thank my teammates. Without them, I would not be here right now. Thank you for coming out today,” Copploe said.

To end the event, Copploe greeted and received congratulations from teammates, classmates, coaches, faculty, staff and family.

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