Anna Curlin is a state champion, and she was part of a relay team that holds a Class 2A state record.
Now the Western Hills senior is on her way to being a Division I athlete.
Curlin signed a national letter of intent with Murray State University during a ceremony in the WHHS auditorium Wednesday attended by family, friends and teammates.
“I heard from a lot of little schools in odd places,” Curlin said, “but being a DI athlete was very important to me.
“Then being offered a partial scholarship, that was a pretty big deciding factor. After I found out about the scholarship and I made my official visit, it was a pretty easy decision. I’d had my mind set on Murray for awhile.”
Murray State made a good impression on Curlin when she attended a camp there.
“I really loved the campus, and I really loved the people,” she said. “I want to major in pre-vet, and they have a really strong pre-vet program, so that was a big deciding factor.”
Curlin won the 400-meter dash at last year’s Class 2A state meet with a time of 57.73 seconds.
She was a member of the 2012 state championship team at WHHS, and at the 2012 state meet Curlin ran on the 4x400-meter relay with Alisha Adair, Alaina Hall and Harper Jones. The quartet won the event in 4:00.62, setting a Class 2A state record that still stands.
Curlin also excels in the long jump, placing fourth at state her sophomore year and third last year.
“Obviously we’re excited she got to this point,” WHHS track coach Mike Schardein told the crowd at the signing ceremony. “Anna’s put in multiple years, starting in middle school, and the pinnacle for an athlete is to go to the next level.
“It’s been an honor to coach her and see her grow into the athlete she is.”
Curlin has plans for her last season of high school track.
“I’m going to give my all to defending my 400 championship,” she said. “I’d like to get my 800 time down, and I definitely want to do a lot better in the long jump, work on my technique.”
Having the recruiting process completed has left Curlin with mixed emotions.
“I can’t say I’m relieved,” she said. “I’m kind of sad it’s over. I’m going on to the next level and that’s the end of my high school career. It’s a little bittersweet.”