For N.C. State
By Frank Rizzo
GRAHAMSVILLE April 11, 2000 -- Joe Iatauro, the successor to such
Tri-Valley CS running greats as Kristian Agnew and Chip
Furman, will join the T-V grads among those who have put
on a pair of cleats for the North Carolina State running
Iatauro signed a National Letter of Intent last
Wednesday, April 5 the first day high school
seniors could sign for track and field. This official
National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) document
commits the signee to attend a particular college.
The decision was simple, according to Iatauro, one of the
most successful Sullivan County runners in recent years.
Everything, he answered when asked what
tipped the nod to NC State. The coach (Rollie
Geiger) was most sincere and has been calling me every
week. He sends me personal hand-written notes.
N.C. State, which competes in the Atlantic Coast
Conference, placed third at last falls NCAA
Division I cross country championship. The school has
offered scholarship money to Iatauro, but he declined to
mention a figure, saying only, [The scholarship]
will pay a good chunk of tuition and room and
He noted that the school was ranked 28th in the nation in
his chosen field engineering by U.S. News
& World Report.
The school is excellent, Iatauro said.
They call it the Poor Mans
Stanford it costs $20,000 to attend, while
Stanford is $36,000. And Stanford is ranked 20th in
engineering, not much ahead of [N.C. State].
Stanford was another college that contacted Iatauro.
When he started thinking about colleges last summer, N.C.
State wasnt even in his top five, according to Iatauro, but a visit to the campus changed his mind.
The team was like a family, he said,
and the training facilities were nice.
Iatauros goals for the spring outdoor season
include garnering the school records in the 1600/3200.
I would also like to get a state championship and
be an All-American outdoors, he said.
Iatauro is within range of Agnews marks in the
distance double. Agnew ran 4:18.3 in the 1600 (as opposed
to Iatauros 4:21.72 in the mile, a slightly longer
event). Ditto in the 3200, where Agnews county
record 9:15.7 compares with Iatauros 9:21 (again
for the two mile, which would make Iatauros 3200
equivalent roughly 9:18).
Joes father and coach, Joe Sr., thanked High School
Principal Kenneth Sherman and the efforts of the
following people: David Moore, the guidance counselor,
and teachers Connie Elberth and Ron Hughes.