Her basketball career officially came to a close last week - now it's time for Ashley Mayfield to become a full-time runner.

One day before the Seaside girls basketball team lost its state playoff game to Philomath, Mayfield signed a letter-of-intent to run cross country and track at Oregon State University.

Mayfield signed in front of a school assembly Friday, finished her basketball season Saturday and is now preparing for the upcoming track season.

She is the second North Coast athlete in a little over a month to sign with the Beavers. Astoria's Jordan Poyer will play football at OSU, while Mayfield will join Astoria graduate Abby Chesimet, a sophomore in the Oregon State track/cross country program.

"It was my top choice," said Mayfield, who has plans to enter the Health and Human Sciences program. "Being in a small school, I felt like I hadn't had much competition until the state meet, and I feel like I've only tapped into my running ability, and I wanted to run at a high division where I would be pushed."

And she will be pushed, as the Pac-10 is traditionally one of the top conferences for track and cross country.

The University of Washington women's cross country team won the NCAA title last fall, with Oregon taking second.

"It will be tough, but that's why I wanted to be there," said Mayfield, who initially had thoughts of continuing her basketball career at Lower Columbia College.

"I really wanted to be teammates with Marla (Olstedt), but I think my basketball career was up there already, and I really want to be the best I can be at running," she said.

Mayfield is already one of the best ever at Seaside High School, and hopes to add to her impressive list of records this spring.

Some of Mayfield's accomplishments in cross country: Cowapa All-League (2005, '06, '07, '08); Cowapa League champion, 2006, 2007 (runner-up in 2005 and 2008); All-state, 2006, '07, '08.

Still, Mayfield and the Gulls were a little sad to see their basketball season come to a close, a bit prematurely.

Mayfield, for one, was hoping for one more trip to Corvallis and the state tournament.

"I was not ready for this to be over, that's for sure," Mayfield said after Saturday's loss. "We felt we were better, but in the locker room we told each other that we played our hardest, and that's all we can ask for."

In just a few short months, Mayfield will put on the orange and black, and will be running for the Beavers.

The Oregon State track and cross country coach is Kelly Sullivan, a graduate of Neah-Kah-Nie High School and "definitely a big reason why I'm going there," said Mayfield, who was also impressed with Oregon State's growing track program.

"I met a few of the girls when I went down to visit, just briefly, and they seem like great young women, so I'm glad to be a part of that now."