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SMC President Dr. Joe Odenwald with cross-country recruit Raegan Del Guanto

President Odenwald with recruit Raegan Del Guanto

Raegan signs as her mom, Rachael, looks on

Raegan signs her letter of intent as mom Rachael looks on

Ronnie Roadrunner welcomes Raegan Del Guanto

Ronnie Roadrunner welcomes Raegan Del Guanto to SMC

Union Runner Signs with SMC Cross Country

Published on May 12, 2021 - 3 p.m.

Raegan Del Guanto May 11 signed a letter of intent for Southwestern Michigan College’s fall return to National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) cross country.

Del Guanto, of Union, joins Mishawaka’s Bailee Shambaugh and Coloma’s Vanessa Crisenbery committed to the Roadrunners for Fall 2021, along with six men, Alex Blanton of Plainwell, Robert “Buster” Ward, William Westphal and Ben Gillesby of Cassopolis, Gavin Smith of Decatur and Samuel Reed-Loomis of Otsego.

Del Guanto was joined at the signing in front of the new Recruiting Gallery trophy case in the Student Activity Center by her mother, Rachael, SMC President Dr. Joe Odenwald and mascot Ronnie Roadrunner.

Del Guanto, who ultimately wants to study nursing, was born in Minnesota and lived there for about five years before her family moved to the Constantine school district in Mason Township, which hugs the border with Indiana.

She has worked for almost two years over the state line at the Brittany Court Culver’s in Elkhart. “I have a friend at my work who went here and she liked it,” Del Guanto said.

Raegan has a twin brother, Nathan, born one minute before her. Nathan plans to study engineering at Trine University in Angola. She and her twin are both left-handed, but Rachael and Jason and two younger brothers are right-handed. The youngest son plays soccer.

Raegan has never run competitively. Her “sport” in high school was FIRST Robotics for five years. FIRST is an acronym For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

“I was on one team that built small robots and another that made robots as big as a person,” she said. “We went to Detroit. That was a lot of fun.”

“I want to work in pediatric oncology one day because of my family’s experience with cancer,” she said. “I want to be able to help other people. Nurses are really needed with COVID, so I could move anywhere and I’ll have a job. It’s a practical decision.”

She immersed herself in running during quarantine. “I’ve always liked running a lot. Stuck in the house, I wanted to get out. I’m excited that they would consider me for the team.”