Latazah Coleman can relax and run her races now.
The senior track and field dynamo for the Appoquinimink High School girls team recently made it official that she will be attending Rider University, a NCAA Division I school in Lawrenceville, N.J. on a track scholarship.
Latazah won the 300-meter hurdles state championship and finished second in the 100 hurdles last spring as a junior and during her senior season, so far she has won the 55-meter hurdles and the high jump gold medals during the indoor track state championships and now is focused on defending her crown as well as helping the Jaguars to a solid season in Flight A, Blue Hen Conference and state meet action.
The Middletown Transcript spoke with Latazah to talk about what she’s looking forward to this season and her future as a Rider Bronco.
Q What influenced your decision to attend Rider?
A It’s a great school with a great business one of the coaches (Dudley Dorival) is an Olympian.
Q What other schools were you considering other than Rider?
A St. Francis was the only other school.
Q Now that you’ve signed on to attend Rider, how nice is it to have this over and done with so you can focus on your senior year at Appo?
A I’m very excited, it’s a blessing.
Q How do you think the team is going to do this year?
A I think we have a lot of good people with potential. I trust them because I know we’re going to go hard and we’ve got a great coach in Coach [Dave] Thomas. I think we can go far.
Q How did you get started in track?
A When I was a little kid, I just used to run around the neighborhood and then I tried out for track in ninth grade and I stuck with it.
Q What do you like about Appoquinimink High School aside from Track?
A I love the athletics, the people and the coaches.
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