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Catherine Reed signs with UIW
Catherine Reed, a standout track and field athlete at La Vernia High School, signs her National Letter of Intent Feb. 15 with the University of the Incarnate Word. Reed is expected to compete for UIW in the heptathlon. Joining Reed are (from left) Superintendent Tom Harvey; Head Track Coach Richard Hinojosa; Reed’s mother, Ruth; Principal Cheryl Barron; Jamie Kowalski; Reed’s father, Jerry; and Ron Glazener. / COURTNEY LASKOWSKI/Reprints at wilsoncountynews.com
LA VERNIA -- The legacy continues in La Vernia, as yet another track and field athlete signs on to compete at the collegiate level. On Feb. 15, La Vernia High School senior Catherine “Cat” Reed signed her letter of intent to the University of the Incarnate Word (UIW).
Reed, a track and field standout who currently competes in the high jump, triple jump, 100-meter dash, 100-meter hurdles, and 300-meter hurdles, will continue to participate in a multitude of events, and is likely to compete in the heptathlon for UIW. The heptathlon includes the 200-meter dash, 800-meter run, 100-meter hurdles, shot put, javelin, high jump, and long jump.
Reed considered several other schools, including the University of Texas at San Antonio and Louisiana State University. She has participated in several track meets at UIW over the years, though, and felt a connection to the school and campus. She also likes the fact that it is close to home.
Small classes with a low teacher-to-student ratio is one of the things Reed is looking forward to the most. She also intends to move into an apartment with one of her close friends, and is excited to be getting out on her own. She understands her schedule will get busier once she is in college, and she said she will miss the “relaxed schedule” she enjoys these days.
There have been a lot of great memories for Reed in a Lady Bear track uniform, but one of her most memorable moments came during her sophomore season when she went to regionals. She also recalled a race in which she found herself behind and decided to “just go for it.”
“I ended up falling,” she said with a laugh, “but I was glad that I made an effort. I gave it everything I had.”
Reed went on to say that she always remembers that race, and knows she still needs to give everything she has every time out.
With a few months still left in her senior year, Reed remains focused on meeting a few goals in high school. She said she wants to get her hurdles times down, and more importantly, her GPA up. She is a good student already, but wants to see a rise before ending her high school career.
“I want to get my GPA up for UIW,” she said. “I know I’m going to have to work harder now and especially at UIW.”
When Reed isn’t busy with schoolwork or athletics, she likes to just go home and relax. She enjoys playing with her dogs and new puppy, and said she is really just a simple girl at heart.
“She is not just a pretty face. She is smart, kind, and has a good head on her shoulders,” said Reed’s mother, Ruth. “I am incredibly proud of her. She has worked very hard to get where she is and loves to run. Always remember, you are the one to make your dreams come true.”
Head Coach Richard Hinojosa also had some kind words about Reed.
“Catherine has been a valuable asset to our program for several years. She has had a super start to her senior season,” he said. “She is a hard-working, multi-talented young lady. Catherine is going to be a great addition to the University of the Incarnate Word’s track and field program. We wish her the very best.”
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