Spreen sets her sights on UT

Reigning NAC-VI cross country champion and school record holder looks forward to NCAA Division I competition


Senior Erin Spreen leads the pack on senior night in the fall cross country sports season. Later that spring track season, Spreen would set the school record in the 1600m run.

Chris Steg, Reporter

Senior Erin Spreen is an outstanding runner at our school. She will be attending the University of Tennessee next year, as well as continuing her athletic career there.

Spreen has been running since seventh grade. She feels ready and is excited to compete at the next level. She is very proud of her accomplishments, like competing at states every season, being first team all state and committing to run DI.

“I feel excited to be able to compete at the next level because it has always been a huge goal of mine to run DI,” Spreen said.

Spreen chose where she wanted to continue her career, taking into account several factors.

“I liked the coaches and their philosophy, the facilities, and the talent on the team already,” Spreen said.

Spreen hasn’t let up yet. She broke the school record in the 1600m run in April and has qualified for states in three track events. Still, she’s excited about what’s next.

“I am looking forward to meeting my future teammates, the new training and better competition,” Spreen said.

Looking back at her career, she credits most of her success to those close to her.

“Coaches, teammates and family. They have helped motivate me and push me to try my best,” Spreen said.

As she prepares for the conference meet, Spreen’s 4x800m relay team is ranked first in the region. Her 1600m time is second in the region, while her 800m time is ranked first.

Spreen explains that her focused mind set is what keeps her driven at a time when classmates are looking to relax their way towards graduation.

Spreen said, “Overall I feel that I have learned a lot of lessons through the sport and proven that if we set goals, we can accomplish them with hard work.”