BOONVILLE — Starmount senior Samantha Welborn has always wanted to go to Appalachian State University.
Monday that desire came true when Welborn signed her paperwork to attend ASU at Starmount High School with her parents, Mark and Teresa Welborn, brother Mitch, Principal Cody Hemric, Athletic Director Scott Carter, and coaches Emily Curtis and Rocky Horton in attendance.
“It’s where I always wanted to go since I was kid,” Welborn said afterward. “I’ve wanted to go there more and more.
Her brother, Mitch, went there and both Curtis, the girls head coach, and Horton, her throwing coach, attended ASU.
“For me, this is a big deal,” Curtis said. “She’s in the first group of kids I’ve worked with since they were freshmen. She’s my first sign ever.”
The 17-year-old, who has starred in the discus and shot put at Starmount, will throw the javelin and possibly the weight and hammer at ASU under Coach April Smith.
“I went there for a camp,” Welborn said, “and Coach [Smith] looked at me and said, ‘big shoulders. I like that’.
“I love the teammates. I love the coach. It’s like family. It’s new family.”
“It’s really exciting to see her go from being a freshman showing a lot promise,” Curtis said, “to a polished senior. She’s got really great technique. She’s physically strong.”
Welborn had an ACL she tore in May repaired in July. She missed all but the championship game during volleyball season and is still rounding into form after the indoor track season.
It was her left knee; the knee of her plant leg. “I still have issues,” Welborn said. “I can’t lock it out.” She said she can get away with it for discus, but will not be able to get away with it when she throws the shot.
Monday was the first day of practice for track and field at Starmount.
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