Brandon Allen commits to Iona College



By Joel Charron


Former General Amherst track and cross-country phenom Brandon Allen finally knows where he’s going to university.

Brandon AllenAllen, 18, is taking his talents to Iona College in New York on a full ride scholarship for track and cross-country. The scholarship is worth $43,000 a year,

Allen was originally set to attend Iowa State University, however after the coach who recruited him accepted a job at another university, Allen decided it was best to transfer.

After a recent visit to Iona College, Allen made the decision to become a Gael.

“It feels really good knowing where I’m going. I feel like a lot of pressure has been taken off my shoulders,” he said. “Now I can focus on getting there.”

The Iona College Gaels are a NCAA Division I college and part of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC).  Since 2003, the Gaels have finished in the NCAA top 10 nine of the past 10 years and finished first or second in the MAAC.

Allen will have a familiar face at Iona, as Windsor Legion teammate and friend Ryan Sleiman will also be there. Allen admits knowing Sleiman was already attending Iona played a small factor in making his decision.

“We train together all the time so being able to go to Iona is very comforting,” he said. “We will continue to push each other just like we are doing right now.”

However, Iona’s distance program sealed the deal.

“Their distance program is extremely good,” he said. “I think I’ll be able to fit right in.”

Allen said he will be red-shirted in his freshman year, which means he will still be on the team and be able to train but won’t compete.

“The team is so deep right now and the have so many good guys,” he said. “I’ll be fully funded for other races but I’ll come back for Canadian Nationals and hopefully next summer make World Juniors for Team Canada again.”

Allen plans to major in biology at Iona.

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