Surrounded by her parents, six siblings and coaches, Duncan’s Amberleigh Rushin made a decision that only the top high school track stars ever get to make: where she would continue to her career at the college level.
Following four years at Duncan that included a regional title in the high jump her senior year, Rushin signed her letter of intent Monday to compete at Cowley College in Arkansas City, Kansas.
“It’s a really good track school and the coach is phenomenal,” Rushin said. “I’m nervous but I’m really excited to get up there and get started.
Rushin will go into premedical studies with hopes of working in cardiology – a profession she has wanted to work in since she was five. She received an athletic scholarship with the school that will pay for tuition and books.
Rushin’s mother Angela Propest said that while she’ll miss her oldest child, she and the family are excited for the next step in Rushin’s life.
“She’s my oldest of seven, so I’m already missing her. She’s a big part of this family,” Propest said. “I’m so excited for her, I told her ‘It’s a new chapter of your life, we support you and go do what you do best.’”
The former Lady Demons track star is the latest addition in what has become a pipeline between DHS and Cowley. Derek McKinght signed to compete in the shot put last April, former Duncan stars Jamesia Milton and Dani Jo St. Clair signed in 2012, Charles James and Clint Miller singed in 2009 and Dustin Mettler competed there for two years before running at Arkansas-Little Rock.
Under the leadership of track coach Mark Phillips, Cowley has won two NJCAA National Championships, 28 Jayhawk Conference titles and 11 regional titles.