Emerald Ridge speedster to run at Texas

Senior hurdler ShaRaya Quinn will lace up her track spikes for the University of Texas collegiate track and field program

Staff writerMay 21, 2014 

Emerald Ridge Jaguars senior ShaRaya Quinn has committed to run track for the University of Texas. Quinn earned a Class 4A state title in the 300-meter hurdles as a junior in 2013.

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The 2013 Class 4A state champion in the 300-meter hurdles will continue her track career at one of the most prestigious collegiate track and field schools in the world.

Jaguars senior ShaRaya Quinn announced her commitment to the University of Texas on May 15 at a signing ceremony at the Emerald Ridge High School library. Quinn was also heavily recruited by Sacramento State and Tulane University.

“I have always wanted to go somewhere where it was super warm and where they had a really good program. When I talked to the coaches and when I visited, everything just clicked,” Quinn said. “I feel like its going to be the perfect place for me and feel like I’m going to just grow so much there.”

Quinn was glad to be able to make her decision before the district and state track meets in late May.

“It makes me want to go out and prove myself even more,” she said of the final races of her high school career.

Quinn credited her mom, Rayna Green, track coach Robert Frey and wrestling coach Jim Meyerhoff for being instrumental in her decision to move halfway across the country to attend the University of Texas.

Meyerhoff said its rare to see an athlete to compete for a state championship in two different individual sports. A wrestler and a hurdler, Quinn captured second place in the girls 124-pound division at Mat Classic XXVI.

“She has high expectations for herself but is pretty laid back. She wants to be the absolute best and works as hard as she can to get better,” Meyerhoff said.

Quinn, who will leave for Austin in mid-August, plans to compete in the 400-meter hurdles in college.

“I’m really excited to try new events, but I’m going to focus on the 400 hurdles. I’m trying to get in the 50s right away when I get there. It is going to be really hard for me. There is a big difference in going from the 300s to the 400s,” Quinn said. “When you’re running you think the extra 100 meters is just fine, but once you get halfway through that you can feel lit. I have had a lot of practice running the 400 (meter dash) this year, so I think that will help me be in condition and help me get prepared to run in college.”

Shaun Scott: 253-552-7002 shaun.scott@puyallupherald.com

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