Alana Richardson '21 has recently been named to the U-17 National Field Hockey Team, an accomplishment that speaks to her tremendous work ethic throughout a long process.
Alana started with the US Futures program, which is dedicated to developing athletes in each of the nine national regions. Approximately 5,000 athletes participated in the program, training at regional sites between January and April last year. In May, they participated in a Regional Futures Tournament, at which Alana was selected alongside teammate Maddie Mullaney '21 for the U-16 Regional team. The team competed over four days in June at the National Futures Tournament in Spooky Nook, Pennsylvania. Players were then selected for the Stars and Stripes team at the completion of the tournament. Alana and Maddie were selected as two of the 73 players for four teams participating in the Stars and Stripes games. At the end of June, players were selected for the U-17 Junior National Camp roster. Alana was picked with 58 other players to attend the camp in July in Pennsylvania. Following the Junior National Camp this summer, an additional 38 athletes were selected for the Winter Junior National Camp.
Alana traveled again to Spooky Nook from January 22-25 for the U-17 National Camp selection process, which resulted in her selection for the 2019 U-17 National Team. Her training begins the weekend of February 15 and will continue March 8-10 and March 29-31. The final travel roster will be announced prior to the international tournament, which will be held in Cologne, Germany from April 14-27.
As Alana prepares to train with the U-17 team, which has been her dream since she first became involved with the USA Field Hockey Program, she looks forward to the challenge of the experience. Reflecting on this incredible opportunity, Alana stated, "When I am playing with these girls, I am constantly pushed to be better and that's something that I love taking from the training." Alana also expressed her gratitude for the Pingree community, and the support and resources that she has received throughout this journey: "The new turf and the endless support from the Athletics Department for my team and me show how much the school truly cares for its student-athletes...Every teacher, administrator, and coach has been so kind and passionate."
We wish Alana the best in her experience with the National Team and look forward to watching her compete!