“I had it in the back of my mind,” Corzine said. “I’ve been there for State and I like the coaches. They saw my potential before I knew I was good enough for Division I. Coach Summerfield the throwing coach talked to me when Janie (Howse) (A&M ‘12) went there. The sprinting coach also talked to me, as well as Coach Akers.”
What events will she run at EIU?
“Hurdles, hopefully,” Corzine said. “Maybe the 400, high jump. They may try to move me around and help on relays.”
When asked about a future in the pentathlon Corzine said she was interested.
“Illinois College talked to me about that,” Corzine said. “I don’t know if EIU has that. But, I’d try it. I’m up for anything.”
Another factor in Corzine choice of EIU was team camaraderie. It’s something Corzine has enjoyed at A&M.
“I’ve been to their meets,” Corzine said. “The team seems to be like my own team. They cheer for each other, the throwers, the sprinters everyone. That’s the kind of team I want to go to. I know I’ll have people pushing me, but also cheering for me. It’s kinda like a family.”
Family is a big part of Corzine’s journey to track stardom. Her father ran track in middle school and her brother Caleb was a state track athlete in high school, a hurdler.
“He was a big factor in me hurdling,” Corzine said. “In middle school I was an 800 runner. I’m pretty competitive with Caleb. He helped me and I wanted to beat him. The only way I beat him was in green signs. You know those signs on the edge of town when you medal at State? He got two. I got three.”