KERENS — Kerens’’ diminutive dynamo has made her biggest leap of all.
Nakia Dunn signed a letter of intent to accept a track & field scholarship to Tarleton State, where the coaches there believe the sky is the limit for Dunn.
“They’re real excited about having her come there and believe she can be an All-American there,” Kerens Athletic Director Terrell Harris said.
“It’s great to see her get the scholarship, to see how hard work pays off.”
When Harris told Dunn last December that four schools were interested in her, she just shook her head.
“She didn’t believe me,” Harris said.
Dunn asked Harris: “Are you serious. Stop playing with me,” she said.
Dunn made one visit, liked Tarleton State and made her decision last week.
“I liked it,” she said. “It wasn’t super big. The people and the coaches were nice.”
“I don’t think it’s hit her yet,” said Dunn’s mother, Nakisha Leach, who went to state in track when she was at Kerens.
Nakia Dunn made a trip to the state meet in Austin every year, making the finals in the long jump, triple jump and as a member of Kerens relay teams since she was a freshman when she was fifth in the state in the triple jump.
She came oh-so-close to winning a state title as a junior when she finished second in the long jump and second in the triple jump.
She won district titles in multiple events every year and was the Area and Region champ in jumps and as a member of relay teams three times.
Dunn also was the best defensive basketball player in the Golden Circle three years in a row and a big part of Kerens’ basketball teams that won district titles and made playoff runs all four years she played for the LadyCats.
Her hard work and discipline made her one of the best and most competitive high school athletes in the Golden Circle.
She worked out every day in track and in the jumping pits as well as in the weight room during track season and also worked on her own every Sunday. Her routine was the same as she would leave church and then go to Kerens and work out on her own on Sundays.
“It’s been nice to so see her growth from her freshmen year through her four years and to see her confidence grow along the way,” Harris said. “I’m sure she will do great things (at Tarleton).”
Dunn, who has a 3.81 GPA plans on becoming an dental hygienist.