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