EHS runner Rachel Peterson signs her letter-of-intent with Jacksonville State as her parents look on. Pictured, from left, are Reginald Peterson, Rachel Peterson and Bridget Peterson.

Enterprise High School track and field member Rachel Peterson signed her letter-of-intent to accept a scholarship from Jacksonville State on May 20 at EHS.

Peterson was a member of the EHS track and field team for six seasons and competed in both sprinting and jumping. She holds the school record for the girls long jump, 60-meter hurdles, 4x200-meter relay and 4x100-meter relay.

Peterson earned runner-up in the indoor state track meet this season in the long jump and also placed fifth in the 4x200-meter relay. She also earned runner-up in the long jump and 4x100-meter relay in the outdoor state track meet this season along with placing eighth in the 100-meter dash.

Peterson – who said she learned to be a leader from current EHS track coach Brad Fortney – chose Jacksonville State over offers from other schools including Alabama A&M, South Alabama and a number of out-of-state schools. Peterson said she chose Jacksonville State because they offered a full scholarship rather than a partial.

“I was really happy,” Peterson said of getting the offer. “At first I really didn’t want to go to school to run. I just wanted to go to school but I was really happy because I think I deserve it.”

Peterson, who will major in education, said that her goals are simply to finish school and get stronger as a runner and jumper.

“I just want to finish school and get good grades,” she said. “As a runner, I want to do my best to drop my times, get faster and jump farther.”

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