Big Walnut High School 2015 alumna Avery Kerns has been accepted to compete in track and field for Ohio University, according to BWHS girls track & field head coach Joe Evener.
Avery Kerns, the 2015 Big Walnut track & field team captain, was a 5-foot-5 high jumper.
Kerns’ achievements include three-time regional qualifier in the high jump, 2014-15 regional placer in the high jump, 2012 district champion in the high jump, four-time district placer in the high jump, two-time indoor state qualifier in the high jump, 2015 indoor state high jump placer, and two-time Central District indoor champion in the high jump.
In 2015 Kerns took the Delaware County high jump championship. She also anchored the 4×200 relay and 4×400 relay during her junior and senior years at Big Walnut. She was a 2014 district placer in the 4×400 relay. Kerns also ran solo, long jumped and pole-vaulted.
In 2014 Kerns was the recipient of the team’s Coaches Award; in 2015, recipient of the team’s Most Valuable Athlete, the Archie Griffin Sportsmanship recipient, and 2015 VFW Athlete of the Year.
“I’m so proud of Avery; she’s a terrific girl, a fierce competitor,” Evener said. “Ohio University is getting a great addition to their program. Avery is mentally tough, and would step in wherever we needed. We’re going to miss her spirit, her positive attitude and work ethic. She is going to be difficult to replace.”
Evener said Kerns becomes the 34th female to compete at the college level in track and field in the past 21 seasons. Six former Big Walnut High School female athletes currently competing at the college level are: Kerns at Ohio U, Olivia Small at The Ohio State University, Brea Medlock at Wittenberg, Hannah Griffith at Heidelberg, Jamie Annis at Grace College and Jordan Lyle at Capital.
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