GJ’s Wright, King sign to run track in college

Roughly an hour before they piled onto a bus bound for Denver on Wednesday, a pair of Grand Junction High School track and field athletes signed national letters of intent to compete in college.

Tia Wright and Megan King, both three-sport athletes for the Tigers, made their college choices official, with Wright signing with the University of Northern Colorado and King opting for Colorado Mesa University.

Wright had opportunities to play volleyball in college, but said track and field, a sport she’s competed in for only two years, won her over.

“I think with volleyball, I just had been playing for so long, I don’t want to say I got burnt out, but I kinda did,” Wright said. “Track’s just been ... I’ve just been loving it. I love hanging out on the field with everyone and competing.”

Wright added that UNC is “the perfect distance from home” and that she desired to compete at the NCAA Division I level.

For King, choosing CMU has many benefits. She’s staying close to her high school program — the Mavericks practice on the track at GJHS — and is joining a team that has several former Tigers on its roster.

“It’s going to be really fun,” King said. “Jill (Payne) is one of my best friends, also, so I’m really excited to be on a team with her again.”

Both Wright and King have cleared 5-foot-5 in the high jump this season, among the best marks in Class 5A. Wright also qualified for state in the triple jump and King qualified in both hurdles races.


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