The spring signing period continued this week as two more local student-athletes inked their National Letters of Intent.
With more than a dozen seniors from the area having already signed intent, Heather Keck and Jamie Stacey of Ashley High School were front and center at the school’s library in Monkey Junction on Tuesday afternoon.
“It is a tremendous honor to coach kids that have the talent and desire to compete at the next level,” said Ashley Track & Field Coach Ryan Hauck. “I am so excited for both of these ladies as this has been a goal for them that they can say has been accomplished.”
After a back injury sidelined Stacey last season, the senior sprinter is ready for the challenges ahead and eager to prove herself at the next level as an East Carolina University Pirate.
Stacey said it was difficult during her rehabilitation and recovery from Bilateral pars defect, which is when your vertebrae slip in and out of place, but gave high praise to her parents and coaches for helping push her through.
“It was definitely a journey to go through,” said Stacey. “I had a ton of frustration and really pushed myself to get where I am. My coaches have pushed me a lot to do my best. My dad and mom really helped keep me motivated during my injury. I feel great right now and look forward to being the best I can be.”
Keck will be headed to the Sunshine State next semester to run at Division II Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is going to study biology and serve as a pole vaulter for the Sharks.
“The decision was huge,” said Keck. “I’m just so excited to finally pick a school and following my passion. I got into this in middle school and fell in love with it right away. It will definitely be a little different as far as the workout schedule and how I train, but I’m looking forward to that and improving.”