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Crestwood's Lindsay signs to run track at Wingate

By TIM LEIBLE
tim@theitem.com
Posted 4/30/20

This has been a difficult spring for seniors who are losing their final seasons of high school sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. For many of those seniors it would be their last chance to play the sports they love. Crestwood track and …

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Crestwood's Lindsay signs to run track at Wingate

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This has been a difficult spring for seniors who are losing their final seasons of high school sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. For many of those seniors it would be their last chance to play the sports they love. Crestwood track and field standout Jamiya Lindsay shared that frustration, but she was able to extend her career past high school this week, signing with Wingate.

"It meant a lot to me," said Lindsay of signing with Wingate. "It gives me a chance to show what I can do and it shows that I didn't stop just because COVID-19 ended my senior year of track, that I didn't stop and I kept pushing. It meant a lot that I got that chance."

Lindsay knew she wanted to go to Wingate, but she didn't have an offer to the school before the spring season was cut short. Linsday decided to take matters into her own hands and reach out to the coaching staff at Wingate and got the offer for which she had hoped.

"It was kind of difficult. I had some offers before the season was cancelled, but Wingate was my top school that I wanted to go to, even if I didn't run track. I fell in love with the campus," said Lindsay. "I texted the coach, explaining that I lost my senior year to COVID-19 and what I had to go through, and that's when we started emailing back and forth and he gave me a chance."

Lindsay has run a number of different events at Crestwood, ranging from distance events to sprints, but the Lady Knight runner will focus on sprinting in college, specifically the 400-meter dash.

Crestwood track and field head coach Ronnie Choice is thrilled that Lindsay will have this opportunity and knows she will thrive at the next level.

"She's determined to be the best," said Choice. "It means the world to me, personally, and as a coaching staff (to see Linsday sign), because we really didn't see this was going to happen, that the season was going to be cut short after three meets. But we were able to get a lot of practices in and get those three meets in to get some good times on her. Those three meets, she showed that she was worth it on the next level."

As far as what she's excited about in college? It's pretty simple. Linsday is looking forward to meeting her new team and hitting the track.

"Experiencing this with new people and a new team," said Lindsay what she's most excited about with running in college.