The most decorated Central A&M track star made her decision where to compete next year. Eastern Illinois University got the nod.
If Kaitlyn Corzine was tagged to do a remake of “Beauty and the Beast” she could play both lead roles. The well-spoken, fair-haired maiden transforms into a beast when she steps on the track. When the gun sounds she runs with fire in her eyes and a ferocious expression that makes you think she will run right over you and take your lunch. Then she’d sit under a shade tree on a gingham blanket and eat your lunch with birds twittering in the background.
Corzine has 11 state medals out of 12 opportunities. She earned five state medals last year at the IHSA Class A State Track Meet at EIU. She was on the 4th place 4x400 relay. She was on the 7th place 4x100 relay. She placed 7th in the 100 meter hurdles and placed 5th in the 300 meter hurdles. She also has a piece of the 2012 IHSA Class A Team State Champion Raiders. Corzine won a state medal the previous year.
Corzine has earned a state medal every year since 6th grade. In middle school, she won a state medal for the 800, the 4x4 hurdles and the long jump. Her team was also IESA State Runner-up when she was in 6th grade and repeated as state champions when she was in 7th grade and 8th grade.
Former A&M star Megan Stringer, the #1 collegiate pentathlete in the nation this year (D-III), has 7 individual state medals in high school and Corzine has six, with this spring’s track season to go.
Corzine had been Okaw Valley all-conference every year.
Corzine was considering running next year at Illinois College in Jacksonville, where Stringer (a senior) is now attending. She also was considering Greenville College. But she chose Eastern.