RFA’s Toth-Ratazzi to Run for Division I SU

RFA’s Toth-Ratazzi to Run for Division I Syracuse University
Posted on 11/17/2021
RFA’s Toth-Ratazzi to Run for Division 1 Syracuse University

On November 15, RFA Senior Emily Toth-Ratazzi signed her letter of intent to run Division 1 Track and Field and Cross Country for the Syracuse University Orange.


Emily Toth-Ratazzi, her parents, Paul Ratazzi and Shirley Toth; brother, Nicholas Toth-Ratazzi. RFA sophomore and Rome and Coaches: Brett Couchman, Nick Jeror and Diane Stevenson were on hand.


“Emily has been one of brightest shining stars in my 39-year career and RFA girls’ cross country and track and field history. Incredible is all I can say about this young lady. She embodies our RFA Girls Track motto of "Dedication-Determination-Desire". What an accomplishment to be rewarded with a full tuition scholarship to attend and run at Syracuse University for the next 4 years. SU is a tremendously successful ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) program and competes at the highest national level of NCAA Division I athletics. She still has Indoor and Outdoor seasons here at RFA and it should be amazing. Her SU career looks bright, and the coaching staff and I are excited to see just how far she can go. Congratulations Emily! We are so proud of you," said Head Track and Field Coach, Brett Couchman.


Emily will be majoring in Health and Exercise Science. She will be continuing her education for Doctorate in Physical Therapy. 

emily group

Emily and family


Here are her track stats: 

Indoor Track:

Scholar Athlete: 9th, 10th and 11th grade

All league: 1st team 9th, 10th and 11th grade

Sectional place winner: 9th, 10th and 11th grade

2x National qualifier: 9th and 10th grade in the mile, no nationals last year.

Hold 1 RFA team record and 2 Tri Valley League records.

Team MVP 2020 and 2021

*2020 All Mohawk Valley Selection

Captain of this year's Indoor team.


Outdoor Track:

Scholar Athlete: 8th, 9th, 11th (no season in 10th grade due to covid)

All League: 1st team 8th, 9th, 11th (no season in 10th grade due to covid)

Sectional Qualifier: 8th, 9th, 11th (no season in 10th grade due to covid)

2021 Sectional Champion in the 1500 meters. 4:34.60

Holds 5 RFA outdoor team records: 

800m:    2:14.25

1500m:  4:34.60 *This is when she won the Section 3 championship.

1 mile:    5:00.82

3000m:  9:55.55

2 mile:   10:39.90

*2021 All-Mohawk Valley Selection

Team MVP in 2021


2021 Season  Rome Free Academy HS 12th Grade

5,000 Meters



Sep 18

McDaniel Baxter Invitational



Oct 9

Rome Coughlin Invitational



Oct 23

Tri-Valley League XC Championships



Nov 6

Section 3 Championships



Nov 13

NYSPHSAA State Cross Country Championships


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