The Buckeye State is keeping two of its own, as Vermilion’s Macy Urig and Avon’s Jules Frombach have made their college commitments.
Urig, a Division II All-Ohio pole vaulter last year and school record-holder at 11 feet, 7 inches, will continue at the University of Cincinnati.
Frombach, a two-time Lorain County Division I cross country runner of the year, four-time regional qualifier in cross country and two-time Division I state track qualifier, will run cross country in the fall and play lacrosse in the spring for Akron.
“I’ve been texting Cincinnati pole vault coach (Sam Kranz) about how I’ve been vaulting this season and it was coming down to the wire,” Urig said. “He called me last Tuesday and told me that they would like to have me there and I told them that’s where I wanted to go to. My family is very excited for me and I’m so excited for them to come and watch me down there.”
Urig made her official visit to Cincinnati in October.
“My idea is that it is going to be a lot of work and I know that,” she said. “I’ve pushed myself already to get where I want to be and to prepare myself to vault at the collegiate level. The whole idea that if I had the opportunity to go to a Division I track program and pole vault, that’s something you can never pass up. I would regret it for the rest of my life if I decided I didn’t want to pole vault in college.”
The Bearcats have five pole vaulters on this year’s team, but three are graduating.
“As soon as I got there for my official visit it just felt like I belonged there,” Urig said. “The team was awesome. I sat in on one of their practices and really liked the way they were coached. My event coach at Vermilion, Tim Volzer, went down there for a coaching clinic a couple years back and he was saying what things he does similarly to what the Cincinnati coach does now.
“It just felt like it was right. I thought that it would be a smooth transition. My sister, Maddy, currently goes to Cincinnati, too. That makes it nice.”
Urig considered Marshall and Oakland. She visited Oakland in January and Marshall about two weeks ago.
“Kranz is super excited about his job,” Urig said. “I’m an OK vaulter but there are still things I need to fix. I was down there showing him some videos. He was super excited to help me with those things so I could get better. It just wasn’t the idea I was a good vaulter. It was just the idea that I could become a better vaulter. It seemed like it was a good place for me to grow.
“I think I could have fit in at all three, but the size of Cincinnati and the location were a big key. All three schools have my program (biochemistry). It was about the feel of the school, like I really felt like I fit into Cincinnati compared to Marshall and Oakland. Everyone that I know that has gone to Cincinnati has loved it.”
Frombach is also revved up about making Akron her choice.
“I’m going to run (cross country) in the fall and play lacrosse in the spring,” she said. “I love both of those sports a lot. I didn’t want to give up either one so I am very grateful and blessed that they are at least going to let me try both sports for the first two years.”
The Zips lacrosse team will make its program debut as a varsity sport next year.
“It will be cool to start the program from the ground up,” Frombach said. “I’m excited to be part of it. I play in the midfield for lacrosse. That’s kind of where my endurance from track (and cross country) comes in. I can just run all over the place.”
Frombach also considered Mount Union and Taylor University in Indiana. Akron was the only school interested in Frombach for lacrosse. Mount Union and Taylor were interested in her for cross country and track.
Frombach has experience in startup lacrosse programs. She was a freshman when the Avon team was still a club sport in 2016. The Eagles are 7-3 this year.
“This year’s team has been our most successful year by far,” she said.
For cross country, Frombach led Avon to a Division I district title in 2017 and district runner-up finishes in 2015, 2016 and 2018. She helped the Eagles to SWC team titles in 2015 and 2018.