WA Track: Lydia Laws, Signing Day 2/5, Elon University Track & Field
February 6, 2014By Theresa Bell of Western Alamance High School
Courtesy of Burlington Times- News
Western Alamance's Laws keeps college choice close to home
Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 00:51 AM.
ELON — It wasn’t a necessity forWestern Alamance’sLydiaLaws to stay close to home for her college destination.
But it worked it out that way, with the track and field standout signing with Elon on Wednesday.
“I wouldn’t have minded goingfurther out, but I love my home too much, my family means too much to me and my friends,” Laws said.
TheWestern Alamancesenior has won three state championships — she’s the back-to-back Class 3-A champion in the 300-meter hurdles for outdoor track and field. Laws won the long jump in the Class 1-A/2-A/3-A state championship last season.
It was last year when Laws’ recruiting heated up. She had Elon in mind early but took other schools into consideration.
“I had wanted Elon to look at me starting in my junior year and I was hoping they were going to consider me and start recruiting me,” Laws said. “But I also didn’t know what other options I had, so I kind of just let everything come to me and see what I could do.”
Wednesday’s signing was only part of a stressful week for Laws, who will defend her title in the long jump and compete in the triple jump, 300 dash and 55 hurdles Friday night in the Class 3-Aindoor state championships (the Class 3-A portion was separated this year).
Defending the title is possible for Laws only after recovering from a virus that sent her to an emergency room about three weeks ago.
“They had to give me IVs and bloodwork. At first, they thought I had appendicitis. I’venever been in the ER, I’ve been healthy,” Laws said. “I’ve just been working back slowly … and it’s been a major stress because it’s right before states.
“I feel fine physically, but whenever I run, I still don’t feel like I’m at my best.”
So regardless of what happens Friday night — the day before her 18th birthday — Laws said she’s trying to take it all in stride.
“Whatever happens Friday, happens. I’ve made it this far and I’ve accomplished this much and I’ll be happy with that,” Laws said. “I would like to be happy, because my birthday is the next day. Eighteen, I’d like to make it good.”