Kohut-Jackson, Meldrum sign LOIs

Joe RandlemanStaff Writer
Kohut-Jackson, Meldrum sign LOIs

Ballard seniors Abby Kohut-Jackson and Ashley Meldrum will get to keep on running straight through college as both individuals signed a Letter of Intent to run track and cross country at the next level Friday at the Ballard High School Library.

Kohut-Jackson - the daughter of Dave Jackson and Marian Kohut of Cambridge - will run for the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

Kohut-Jackson was the lead runner for the Ballard girls’ cross country team all four years of her high school career - placing in the top 10 at state in Class 3A each year. She is also an outstanding distance runner in track - looking to qualify for state for the fourth year in a row this spring.

“I’m very excited,” Kohut-Jackson said. “It was kind of a last-minute decision, but I feel like it’s definitely going to be the place for me next year and can’t wait to see how it goes.”

Kohut-Jackson picked Minnesota over Cornell University in New York.

“Those were probably my top two in the end,” Kohut-Jackson said. “It came down to Minnesota. I’m really excited. I’m especially excited for the indoor track season. It’s going to be really fun to be on an amazing team. Everyone I’ve met has been totally awesome. I’m super-excited.”

Kohut-Jackson is unsure of her major. She likes Minnesota for the number of academic opportunities she will receive at the university.

Meldrum is the daughter of Scott and Alice Meldrum of Cambridge. She will running both track and cross country at Central College in Pella.

“I’m really excited for it,” Meldrum said. “Central is a high-mileage program, which I really like. I think it will be really fun and I love the team.”

Meldrum has been part of state qualifying cross country teams at Ballard. She chose Central over Wartburg.

“Central just felt like I was at home,” Meldrum said. “That’s why I chose Central.”

It also doesn’t hurt that Central is the alma matter of Ballard head cross country and girls’ track coach Scott Barth.

“He’s really happy that I’m going there,” Meldrum said. “Ballard runs a lot of miles in the summer and so it’s going to be a pretty easy transition. The coaches have really prepared us with hard workouts that some colleges do. Ballard prepares you really well for the future.”

Meldrum said she plans on majoring in exercise science.