Welborn signs to jump for Mountaineers

By Jim Fuller jfuller@civitasmedia.com

March 27, 2014

BOONVILLE — Starmount’s Hunter Welborn has signed to compete in track and field at Appalachian State University — the second Ram, the second track and field athlete, and the second Welborn to do so in the past month.

“I thought it was the best fit,” Welborn said after her ceremonial signing at the school Friday. “I did visit other places, but that’s where I felt the best.”

Welborn, the reigning 1A champion in the high jump, competes in the long jump and triple jump as well at Starmount.

“She’s not really afraid to do anything,” Starmount women’s track and field coach Emily Curtis said. “She’s the kid I wish could do seven events, not four.”

Four is the maximum number of events an athlete can compete in at a high school track and field event in North Carolina. At Appalachian State, she’ll only need to worry about the high jump.

“She had a natural gift,” Curtis said of Welborn as a freshman. “I did not know very much about high jump when she came.

“She was just really talented.”

Welborn’s top mark in high jump is five feet, nine inches in 2012. She has a 5-6 to her credit already this season.

Welborn plans to study sports medicine at ASU and pursue athletic training as a career.

“I just always wanted to go to App State,” Welborn said. “I met my teammates. My mom went there.”

Welborn also attended the ASU Invitational the last two years and has attended a camp there.

She will jump for Coach Gary Murphy.

“It’s very exciting to see another one of ours go to App,” Curtis said. “I really like the coaches up there.

“I know they’re going to take care of her.”

Her cousin, Samantha Welborn, also signed with ASU.

Jim Fuller may be reached at 336-835-1513 or on Twitter @elkinareasports.