CV track star Coyne signs LOI with Eastern Michigan
It wasn't a question of if Chartiers Valley's Kristina Coyne was going to continue her athletic career at the next level.
It was just a question of in which sport she would.
The senior is one of the most decorated athletes in school history. She has 15 varsity letters, including one in volleyball, three in football and soccer and a likely four in basketball and track and field by the end of her senior year.
While she debated which sport she would continue, her love of running track won out.
“I definitely did look at other sports,” Coyne said. “But I really got the most attention for track. Plus, I kind of have a nerdy little love for track. I don't mind practices. Sometimes I get bored with other sports' practices, but I love going out on the track and working out and all that stuff.
“I think it was definitely going to be track from the get-go.”
Coyne signed her letter of intent to continue her athletic career at Eastern Michigan University last week, choosing the Eagles over UNC-Wilmington and the College of Charleston. Coyne said her mind was made up after taking her visit to Ypsilanti.
“I think the scholarship opportunity was part of it,” Coyne said. “And the team itself when I visited was very welcoming ... I felt like I could fit in there.”
Coyne said she remains undecided on what major she will pursue but is leaning toward criminology.
“It is an active field,” Coyne said. “There is no sitting around. With my schedule now, I think it would be hard to study for a desk career.”
The Eastern Michigan women's track and field team has been one of the most consistent in the Mid-American Conference. The Eagles won the 2011 MAC indoor track and field championships — the team's third title — and also have won 11 MAC outdoor track and field championships.
Coyne will run indoor and outdoor track and compete in both the pentathlon — five events made up of the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800 meters — and the heptathlon — seven events made up of the 200-meter, 800-meter, 100-meter hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot put and javelin throw.
This past track season, Coyne finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles at the WPIAL championships with a time of 15.66 seconds to qualify for the state tournament.
In addition to her success on the track, Coyne has helped the Lady Colts basketball team win three section titles and reach the PIAA semifinals twice. She helped the volleyball team reach the WPIAL Class AAA quarterfinals for the first time in school history in 2012 and finished with more than 50 extra points and received All-Big 8 conference first-team honors in 2011 as the football team's placekicker from her sophomore to senior seasons.
With that kind of schedule, Coyne knew she wanted to participate in a sport at the collegiate level.
“It was a must,” Coyne said. “I don't think I could go through college and see other people play sports and not be part of it. I am glad I am able to run track next year.”
But before she can worry about competing for NCAA glory, she still has a season of high school track and field to get through, and Coyne is hoping to make the most of it.
“I want to get a medal at states in the high jump or hurdles,” Coyne said. “And I want to break the school record. We actually have a pretty decent school record in hurdles, so I want to beat it.”
Nathan Smith is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-388-5813 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.