Katelyn Wasson will go down as one of the top distance runners in Zionsville history.
And before she embarks on her final track season as an Eagle, she has made her college choice official.
Wasson will run cross country and track for Purdue. She had a signing ceremony at the school on Thursday.
“It’s super exciting,” Wasson said. “It has been a long process, so it is exciting that it is official over and I can move on to the next step of my running career.”
Wasson said that she felt like Purdue was the best fit for her.
“It’s a competitive conference – the Big Ten is always going to have great competition, so I will have people to push me,” Wasson said. “I think the team is really on the rise too. When you look at what Coach Oliver has done with the men, placing 11th this year and I think with some of the talent we have coming in, he can do similar things with the women’s program. I am excited for the next four years.”
Wasson has had unparalleled success for the Eagles cross country team, finishing all-state all four years in high school and helping the team win as state title in 2017 and be runner-up each of the last two seasons.
This year she was the HCC, sectional and regional champion, then placed seventh in the state.
She also placed second in the 3,200-meter run last spring at the State Track Meet.
“When I came in as a freshman, I came in with the mindset of I love this sport and I’m here to do my best,” Wasson said. “Then the results just followed. It was really cool to see how far we could go.”
Wasson said when it comes to college track distances, she will probably run the 5,000 meter and eventually the 10,000 meters.
But before that, she has her eyes on some big goals for the upcoming track season.
“I am really excited to build off the consistency I have had the last three seasons,” Wasson said. “I have had had a very consistent past year, and that is important so I can build a strong base. This track season, I really just want to work on my speed. I am a pretty strong endurance runner, but track is an exciting time to work on the faster races.”
Wasson said when she looks back at her time running for Zionsville, the thing she will remember the most is the people involved in the Zionsville program.
“The thing I will remember the most is just the relationships I have built,” Wasson said. “My teammates are genuinely my favorite people, and coach (Suzanne) Rigg and (Dennis)Houchens are like family to me. That’s what I am going to remember the most.”
Wasson plans on studying Actuarial Science.