Bethany Meredith has always wanted to be a college athlete.
Now she will get her chance.
Meredith, a Campbell County High School senior, announced her decision Tuesday to compete in track and field next season for the University of the Cumberlands. She plans to major in pre-physical therapy.
“Basically, all my life I’ve wanted to play sports in college,” said Meredith.
“This opportunity came along, and I jumped on it. I’m really excited. The campus is beautiful.”
At UC, she will compete in the weight throws: shot put, discus and hammer. Meredith has participated in track and field since she was a sixth grader at LaFollette Middle School. Her personal record in shot put — her favorite event — is 32-4.25. In discus, she is approaching 87 feet.
“We see a lot of potential in Bethany,” said Jordan Jeffers, UC weight throws coach.
“She has a really high ceiling. She’s smart and comes from a good family and a good school. She is everything that we look for when we recruit student athletes. I believe she will be an asset to our program and our school.”
Meredith’s high school coaches will certainly miss her.
“She is a hard worker, and she is very dedicated,” said Ann Browning.
“She is always working to get better, and she shows up every day with a good attitude,” said Billie Ann Evans.