The trend of success for a school's sports program can partly be attributed to the signings of their top level athletes to colleges all across the country.
For the Alcovy High school girls track team, this is no different. On top of their several state qualifiers for a range of events, they now have one athlete, Quantasia Perry, taking the next step as she signed to Eastern Kentucky University this past week.
This opportunity is one Perry is appreciative of, and has been working for since freshman year.
"Q has always been fast," boys coach Anthony Jackson said. "In her freshman year, she made it to state for the triple jump."
Although she came into freshman year running strong, Jackson noted that her breakout year was her junior year when she came in eighth place in the 100 meters.
Perry is now wrapping up her senior season, which Jackson described as a bit of a roller coaster ride.
“This season, she has had a few ups and downs, but she has preserved and is on her way to state for the third time in her high school career."
While she's made it to state once again, she will be soon on her way to EKU, a school she said she chose because of the environment.
"The other schools in my top five were Georgia State, Tennessee State, Kennesaw State and Indiana State," Perry said. "I chose EKU because during my visit, they made me feel like I was at home. I was very comfortable and the learning environment was also key to my decision."
Although she's moving on to bigger things, she noted that her time with her Alcovy coaches taught her leadership, as well as pushing her to always do better. She said her summer league coaches gave her the confidence and work ethic to succeed at the next level.
Perry is a talent that her coaches will miss having around at Alcovy, although they are excited to see her move on to greater things.
"I believe I will miss her athleticism the most," Jackson said. "Q is a natural athlete that excels in track and field and is a pretty good basketball player as well."