Her versatility might just come in handy for Neosho senior Madison Flynn at the next level, as she signed her letter of intent Wednesday with NCAA Division II Missouri Southern to continue her athletic career in track and field.
"Missouri Southern is not only getting an outstanding athlete," Neosho head girls track and field coach Terri Kemna said, "but an outstanding student and an even better person. She will absolutely be an asset.
"In the past three years, she's done everything from triple jump to long jump to 300 hurdles, anything with 100 meters in it, 200 meters, 400 meters, and she will gravely be missed. This year, I think we're going to take another step beyond. We've been getting to sectionals, not quite getting to state. I think that's going to happen this year. A lot of you that know about track know it's difficult to get to state and I think she's going to do that.
"When I think of her, I think of somebody who not only is she an athlete, she's an all-around athlete, she has outstanding character, she's extremely coachable. This year, she came out and ran cross country to get in better shape for basketball. We're very proud of her. I'm lucky to have coached her and I've had a whole heckuva lot of fun coaching her, going on trips with her, and being her teacher in the science classroom."
Flynn said that she will be plying herself in the pentathlon, an indoor event made up of five different events over one day: sprint hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, and a flat race. (Missouri Southern just graduated Allie Heckemeyer, who earned a Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association title in the pentathlon in February.)
"I've always dreamed of going to Missouri Southern," Flynn said. "I've always wanted to play track there and it's where I've always wanted to go to. I was considering one other school, but Southern's always been my first option, so when they offered me, I was ready to sign it.
"I'm super excited. I'm so excited to be a part of this program. I love my family and I'm so excited that I get to stay close to them and they get to come watch all my meets."
Missouri Southern's Jamie Burnham, an assistant for track, earned MIAA men's cross country top coach honors on Tuesday.
Flynn will start her senior basketball season on Saturday with the season opener against Eldon in Rolla and she's been a part of the high school dance team.