Thursday, February 9, 2012
Avione Allgood signs with Oklahoma
By Doug Binder
Legacy (North Las Vegas, Nev.) senior Avione Allgood poses with her parents and coaches on Wednesday as she signs her letter-of-intent for the University of Oklahoma.
Avione Allgood said it was "a really hard decision" but has accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Oklahoma. She signed her letter-of-intent on Wednesday at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, Nev.
Allgood, the U.S. high school national record holder in the javelin and the fourth-place finisher at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in 2011, picked the Sooners over national powers Texas A&M and Oregon.
"I did what was best for me," Allgood said. "I liked the way (Oklahoma) trained. I think the training they do is what will get me the furthest. And the people on the team were really nice."
Allgood is one of a handful of preps who have a serious shot at not only reaching the Olympic Trials this June, but placing high. Potential summer competitions in Spain and Finland are also on her radar.
"I'm pretty excited but I'm just trying to stay calm and see what happens," she said.
Allgood threw 176 feet, 8 inches last June at the U.S. championships to break Rachel Yurkovich's six-year-old high school record. Meanwhile, her home state of Nevada doesn't even sanction the javelin event for high school meets.
Based on her strong finish at the senior national championships, Allgood represented the U.S. at the Pan American Games last October in Mexico.