Apparantly, Hannah Barbour and Haleigh Middlebrook of the Watauga High track team must love the snow, the cold and the frigid temperatures that go with it. On Friday, Barbour, a four-time state qualifier in cross country and track, made a verbal commitment to attend Wheaton College, a Division III school in Wheaton, IL, and a member of the College Conference
of Illinois-Wisconsin. Barbour has qualified for regionals in two events this season---the 800-meter run and she is also a member of the 4x800 relay team. On Sunday, Middlebrook made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and a member of the Big Ten Conference. Like Barbour, Middlebrook is a four-time state qualifier in track and cross country. She has qualified for regionals in three events, the 800, the 1,600 and as a member of WHS's 4x800 relay team.
Middlebrook, who will be a pre-medical major at Michigan, won the 800 (2:23.31) at the NW3A/4A Conference Championships last Wednesday (May 2); Barbour finished third in the 1,600 (5:35.70) at the conference championships, and they also guided WHS's 4x800 relay team to second-place finish (10:36.17) at the NW3A/4A finals.
Barbour, Middlebrook, Reid Harris (signed with Charlotte), Max Ruble (who will walk on at Charlotte), and Andrew Vandenberg (signed with Milligan College) will have a recognition day at the WHS Media Center on Tuesday, May 15 at 3 p.m. WHS will host the Class 4A Western Regionals at Jack Groce Stadium Saturday, May 12.