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El Diamante's Reeves signing with Iowa State

Track and field star will compete for Cyclones


12:00 AM, Feb. 06, 2013 EST

El Diamante's Katie Reeves competes at the Central Section Track and Field Championships last season at Buchanan High School. Reeves is signing a national letter of intent today with Iowa State. / Elgin Miles

El Diamante track and field standout Katie Reeves entered last year's CIF State championship meet with an expectation to make it past the Day 1 preliminary round in the high jump.

Reeves accomplished that and much more.

As a junior, Reeves jumped a personal best 5 feet, 9 1/4 inches to finish in second place in the state in the high jump.

Her accomplishments got the attention of several Division I track and field programs.

She made visits to schools such as Colorado, Kansas State, USC, Duke and Virginia.

But ultimately Reeves decided on the Midwest charm of Iowa State University.

She will make it official today when she signs her national letter of intent to attend Iowa State on a full-ride scholarship.

"It is going to be an amazing feeling to finally sign," Reeves said. "It has been exciting this whole time. Signing means it is finally official. All the hard work in school and on the track the last four years is finally coming together. It'll be great."

The scholarship will be a full ride, combining her athletic prowess and her academic success in the classroom where she has a 4.0 grade point average.

Reeves had plenty of offers on her plate, so why Iowa State?

"After putting it all together, it just felt right," Reeves said. "I liked the team, I liked the coach and the Midwest feel of the school."

Reeves is a three-sport athlete at El Diamante. She was a member of the Central Section Division II championship volleyball team and she also plays basketball.

She says she will shift her focus to track and field once the basketball season ends after next week.

Her goal for track season?

"To win state."

Reeves just missed out on a state title by 3/4 of an inch, but she hopes this is her year.

Having the pressure of deciding where to go to school after high school gone should help her focus on that goal.

"The pressure goes away a little bit, but I feel I have higher expectations now," Reeves said. "I expect myself to do better. Just because I'm set on what school I am going to, it doesn't mean I am going to take a step back. I still have expectations I want to meet."

All eyes will also be on Reeves at most meets. Being a second-place finisher at the state meet and being a future Division I track and field athlete will definitely put her on people's radar.

"For me, that helps to push me harder," Reeves said. "I know when other girls see me jump, it pushes them to get better. I know I have to improve to beat them also."

 

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