The senior standout celebrated reaching the next step in her academic and athletic career Friday by signing with King College to participate in the school’s track program.
“Kayla is extremely talented and we are very proud of her,” stated Raider track head coach Casey Price. “She has the ability to be even better on the next level. With her speed and explosives I think she can really make an impact on a lot of different throwing events.”
For her part, Gash is just excited and thankful to be able to take this next step to a quality program.
“I’m very excited get to go to another level. I’ll be a little far away, but I’m going to come home as much as I can,” Gash joked. “King is such a great school. I love it. It’s a good Christian school, and it’s private. It has smaller classes like high school. You’re able to get into it a little more, and it has such a beautiful campus.”
Gash will be joining some quality throwers on the Tornado’s squads, many of whom are coming off top 10 finishes against NCAA Division I institutions, according to King’s track website.
The school also recently celebrated placing 15 student-athletes on the Track and Field Academic All-Conference Team.
As with many high school to college transitions the move will be bittersweet for Cleveland senior.
When asked what she was going to miss most about being a Raider, Gash was quick to respond, saying that hands down her friends and teammates at Cleveland would be what she missed most from her high school career.
Outside her athletic endeavors Gash plans on majoring in education so she can pursue a career in educating those with special needs.
In addition to track, Gash also participates in CHS varsity cheerleading and volleyball.
King College is located in Bristol and is a member of the NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas.