In the past two years, Megan Quick has etched her name all over the Alcona High School record books.
Now Quick is hoping to do the same thing at the collegiate level.
Quick, a senior, signed a Letter of Intent on Wednesday with Cornerstone University surrounded by her friends and family. She'll run track next year for the Golden Eagles and is learning toward studies in education.
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Alcona High School senior Megan Quick, center, signed a Letter of Intent with Cornerstone University on Wednesday for track and field. Quick has earned all-state honors in track in each of the last two seasons and will run the 400 and the 800 for the Golden Eagles. She is pictured here with her parents Tamara and Doug.
"It's mindblowing. I didn't think so many people would come. I'm just really excited to see everyone and how much support I have behind me," Quick said. "It was a private Christian college and that's exactly what I was looking for and I fit right in with the team and my times. I fell in love with the college and the campus."
Quick still has a full track season ahead of her, but in the past two years she's become one of Alcona's best all-around athletes and arguably its top female runner.
She's qualified for the state track finals three years in a row and has earned all-state honors the last two years. As a sophomore she finished seventh in the 800 run and eighth as part of the 3,200 relay team. Last season she finished runner-up in the 400 dash and fourth in the 800.
"I've done track and field since middle school and I didn't think I was good at it until I ran my first 400 and 800 meter dashes and got a pretty decent time. I always wanted to keep getting better."
She currently holds the school record in the 800 run (2:22.23) and the 3,200 relay along with Nikki Smith, Karina Cole and Torie Harmon (10:13.4).
Quick plans to run both the 400 and the 800 for the Golden Eagles and will fulfill her dream of running at the college level that wasn't really realized until last season.
"I've done track and field since middle school and I didn't think I was good at it until I ran my first 400 and 800 meter dashes and got a pretty decent time. I always wanted to keep getting better," Quick said. "I wasn't sure I actually had a chance until last year when I broke records here at the school and then I looked at Cornerstone and my times fit right in."
Her running prowess isn't limited to track and field either. Quick qualified for the state finals in cross country each of the last two seasons and owns the top two times in program history.
Quick initially joined Alcona's track team wanting to be a sprinter and qualified for the state finals in 2011 in the 200 dash. Alcona track coach Larry Spare convinced her to do middle distances and Quick's running career took off from there.
"It's really exciting because it's something she's had a goal to do, so I've been trying to work toward getting that goal accomplished for her," Spare said of Quick's signing.
Cornerstone found Quick through a recruiting Web site and invited her for a visit in the fall. During the visit, Quick took a strong liking to the campus and impressed coaches with her performance in a workout where she and some other prospective recruits were put through the rigors.
Cornerstone's track program is just 15 years old, but in that time the Golden Eagles have become quite competitive, churning out 100 NAIA All-Americans and 200 conference champions. The women's program is currently ranked No. 5 and Cornerstone coach Paul Koutz expects big things from Quick.
"I think it's going to be good for Megan to have some athletes that are going to push her every day," Koutz said. "I think athletically she can help give us some depth. Cornerstone women is ranked No. 5 in the NAIA right now as far as team goes, so she's stepping into a good team."
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