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Blackwell bound for Nicholls State

By Danny Aiello Jr.
Twitter: @DannyAielloJr

For Erin Blackwell, soccer might be ending but her sports journey is just beginning. After suffering a 4-1 loss at the hands of Land O’ Lakes in the Regional Semifinal, the Springstead senior will now turn her attention to track and field.

“It’s going to be a challenge.” Blackwell said. “The thing is, going in there day one, nothing is given to me I’m going to have to show up and earn everything and I like that.”

Being a competitor is something engraved in Blackwell, and her goals reflect her nature.

With track season approaching, a gear will have to be switched, but the regional soccer loss will only serve as motivation.

“That loss will sting a bit. Actually, a lot.” Blackwell admitted. “But when I get out there on the track, it is time to put that aside and strive for my goals.”

Last season, Blackwell qualified for the state meet in the 800, as well as the 4×800 relay. However, it was the 4×400 relay that left Blackwell and her teammates motivated for a return trip this season. The team of Ty’Rhonza Harris, Joy Jackson, Blackwell and Alexandra Ede ran a time of 4:09:21, a personal best. It was only good for fifth place, leaving them one spot shy of advancing though.

This time, in her swan song, fifth place will not be good enough. Blackwell wants to see her team win the district and regional crowns and advance to states as a group.

Recently signed with Division-I Nicholls State, Blackwell will be a two-sport athlete for the Colonels where she will compete on the pitch and on the pavement.

With half of her senior year now over, Blackwell took a little time to reflect on her accomplishments to date.

“I think this soccer season would go down as my favorite memory so far.” Blackwell said. “This group of girls, we were so close and became a true family.”

As far as the nerve-racking process of choosing her home for at least the next four years, Blackwell credited her parents, for being so supportive and making her choice that much easier.

“It wasn’t as overwhelming as I thought it would be,” Blackwell said. “My parents were supportive of my decision so it made it easier for me to choose Nicholls State.”

With college on the horizon, Blackwell knows her prep career is coming to an end, but is still excited to have a long ride ahead of her.

“I’m excited to get to Nicholls State,” Blackwell said. “I know we still have track season though.”

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