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From left, Emma Fox, Hunter Williams, Alex Moore and Terra Trom sign their letters of intent on Wednesday at Bozeman High.

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Terra Trom didn’t imagine she could sign with an top-notch program like Oregon.

Trom was hopeful. She said she sent out “a lot” of emails to different programs, hoping to hear back. She finally got in contact with the Ducks’ coaching staff in September. She visited with them and heard about their belief in her. She was impressed by the facilities when she visited. The decision, eventually, became clear.

“It took a long time to decide,” Trom said, “but I definitely think it’s the right choice for me.”

Trom was one of four Bozeman athletes who signed letters of intent to play college sports. Trom signed for cross-country and track and field, Alex Moore will compete in cross-country and track and field at Montana State, Hunter Williams will play baseball at Whitworth and Emma Fox will play volleyball at Rocky Mountain.

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Hunter Williams signs to Whitworth on Wednesday at Bozeman High.

Williams, an all-state pitcher for the Bozeman Bucks’ American Legion team, helped his squad reach the Northwest Regional championship game in 2019 and win its first Class AA championship since 2007. Fox was a second-team all-state setter and led the Hawks to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament last fall.

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Emma Fox signs to Rocky Mountain on Wednesday at Bozeman High.

Trom, who came in 52nd at the Nike Cross Northwest Regionals and second at the Class AA meet to help her team to a state title and a sixth-place showing at regionals, was also recruited by Gonzaga, MSU and Colorado. She realized Oregon was the right choice after an unofficial visit during Thanksgiving break while making a trip to see her sister, who also attends Oregon.

Trom said academics factored into her choice. She felt a boost of confidence when talking to the coaches, and seeing the facilities which included underwater treadmills was “absolutely amazing.”

“That’s basically when I knew … I just really liked the whole environment,” Trom said. “I’ve always known Oregon would be a dream, so I kind of knew right away when I met the coach there.”

Moore, who was 10th during the Class AA cross-country meet, was considering Northern Arizona, Boise State, New Mexico and Dartmouth. But when she visited other schools, it all felt unfamiliar and far away from home.

As MSU, Moore was comfortable. Even during what she was was a “rocky” season this fall, she said Bobcats coach Lyle Weese continuously offered support and made clear how much he believed in her. She also knows former high school teammates like Duncan Hamilton and Camila Noe, who have both succeeded early in their MSU careers, would add to that familiarity.

“The main thing that drew me is being able to remain in this community,” Moore said. “There’s so much support in this community so it was a big thing for me.”

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Alex Moore signs to Montana State on Wednesday at Bozeman High.

Moore and Trom hope they can handle the intensity and mental demand of college sports. Trom talked about the importance of strength work and focus on nutrition as she tries to compete at a higher level.

“Next year it’s going to be a change because all the runners (at Oregon) are incredible,” Trom said, “so definitely having people in front, pushing me, and being surrounded by people who want the same thing, to improve and get better, I think that’s the main thing.”

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Terra Trom signs to Oregon on Wednesday.

Moore and Trom feel growing up in Bozeman set them up for successful college careers. Their coaches have pushed them and helped them reach this point.

“It was good to know my high school program can translate really well into MSU’s college training. So I’m just really excited,” Moore said. “There’s a lot of potential.”

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Colton Pool can be reached at cpool@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2690. Follow him on Twitter @CPoolReporter.