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.”