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Thrower inks commitment for track

Lauryn Dixon and her coaches and medals. Lauryn Dixon will continue her track career in college after signing her letter of intent during a special ceremony surrounded by her family, friends, coaches and teammates.

Lauryn looks forward to playing for West Texas A&M University when she joins the school in the Lone Star Conference.

The PHS senior signed her commitment for the Canyon, Texas, college during a signing last week and will throw for the NCAA Division II school.

“It makes me happy that I get to go to college and continue to do something I love,” Lauryn said after the signing ceremony recently.

She said choosing West Texas A&M University wasn’t a difficult decision for several reasons.

“It was the perfect school for me,” Lauryn said. “It was small, it felt like home, and the coach and team were amazing.”

She credits her signing to a lot of hard work.

“I put in extra work,” Lauryn said. “When you really care about the sport, you will always go the extra mile to join a club or go to extra practices. Doing summer track and having extra practice sessions definitely made a difference in my track career.”

But Lauryn is quick to point out she got a lot of help along the way.

“I want to thank all of my coaches, teammates and most importantly, my mother,” she said. “My mother pushed me the most during my track career and made sure I received everything I needed to become a great athlete - physically and mentally.”

Lauryn and her friends and track teammates. Lauryn is looking forward to her time at West Texas A&M.

“I’m ready for the high level competition,” she said. “I also am excited about being surrounded by people who love what they do, and competing at that level would also make me a better athlete.”

Head girls track Coach Maurice Hill says Lauryn has been a key contributor for the Lady Panthers.

“Lauryn has been great for our team the past four years,” Coach Hill said. “She's charismatic and everyone gets along with her really well. She's been the picture of hard work pays off.”

Coach Hill anticipates a good performance from Dixon at West Texas A&M.

“I know she really loves to compete in her events,” he said. “I feel she will continue to put in the work necessary to be successful. No doubt in my mind she will do big things and represent Princeton very well.”

Lauryn has already qualified for regionals this season, so she is a 4-year regional qualifier. She has qualified for state for two years, and was second in state in 2015 in the discus throw.

Lauryn Dixon with her family at the signing. Lauryn has fond memories of being a Lady Panther.

“I will miss the team,” she said. “I love my teammates, and they always motivated me for every track meet and cheered me up even after I didn't compete well.”