Aspiring to be a Spire: Freemyer signs with Saint Mary
Kourtni Freemyer didn’t have to search far for her next stop in her athletic career.
Freemyer signed last month with University of Saint Mary to compete in track and field.
“I visited Saint Mary and new that was where I wanted to go,” Freemyer said. “It felt like home to me.”
Freemyer competes in pole vaulting, the 4x800 and 4x400 relays and the 400 meter.
“Pole vaulting is the bread and butter, but the 4x8 is where my heart is,” Freemyer said. “That’s what I went to state in.”
Freemyer considered Fort Hays State, Washburn and Kansas Newman, and received letters of interest from several schools, but eventually decided Leavenworth was where she needed to be.
At THS, Freemyer also is on the powerlifting team as well as cheer squad and the choir.
Tonganoxie has earned 1 ratings the last three years at state choir, the highest score possible. She’s aiming for another top mark for the choir her senior year.
“Mr. Gifford is talented,” Freemyer said vocal instructor Tom Gifford. “He can teach anybody.”
As for her final year of track, Freemyer is eager to get on the track in her final season at THS.
“I would really love to break the school record in pole vault,” Freemyer said. “I think we have the potential to have a really good 4x4 and 4x8 team.
“We have some really good girls coming up. I think we’re going to be really good.”
Freemyer was one height away — or 6 inches — from the school record last year in the pole vault.
“I had it but my arm clipped it on the way down last year,” Freemyer said. “There’s always this year.”
While competing in track and field at USM, Freemyer will pursue a degree in nursing.
“I’ve always wanted to help people,” Freemyer said. “I feel like with nursing there’s such a wide amount of things you can do. You can never get bored.”
Freemyer is eager to focus on the spring season now that her college plans have been settled. She said her parents have been supportive throughout her career at THS.
“I definitely wouldn’t be here without them,” she said.