Marguerite Gelpi, a senior on the track and field team, signed a National Letter of Intent to run track and field with Rhodes College on Friday.
Gelpi won the state championship in the Class 2A discus with a throw of 90'6" on Monday at the state track and field championships held at Pearl High School.
Gelpi commented, "I am excited about beginning a new chapter at Rhodes College and being able to continue to compete in track and field. It will be a big step but I am ready for the challenge."
Gelpi has qualified to compete as a freshman with a 30 on the ACT and a 4.0 GPA.
She has also been a member of the Ambassador Club, the HOBY staff, Vice-President of thebSenior Class, Mu Alpha Theta, Spanish Honor Society, NationalnHonor Society and the campus ministry program.
Gelpi added, "Track and Field at OLA has taught me valuable lessons like leadership and teamwork. In life, we are called on to be leaders all the while being a member of a team. Track is unique in such a way that we compete as individuals for a team goal. It has taught me how to persevere and seek out opportunities to lead. I look forward to continue doing that at Rhodes."
Gelpi will get the opportunity to continue throwing the discus while also trying the shot put, hammer throw and javelin.
Rhodes is a Division III school in the NCAA and a member of the Southern Athletic Association with Birmingham-Southern, Berry, Centre, Hendrix Millsaps College, Oglethorpe and Sewanee. The Lynx recently swept the men's and women's track and field titles at the SAA track and field championships held on the campus of Hendrix College on April 27th.