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Keys to success: Dedication, training, enjoying the pursuit

By: Jeff Burns

July 29, 2006

In order to be the best, you need to show dedication and train. On the other hand, you also need to make sure that you are having the time of your life at the same time. This year’s female athlete of the year, Katie Cartwright, made sure to do both with perfection.

Cartwright was a two-sport star during her final year at Corona del Sol High School.

She co-captained the ladies state champion soccer team as well as flirted with the medal stand during the track state championships on numerous occasions.

During the previous soccer season, Cartwright shared time between center back and forward positions. She helped lead the team to a 24-2-1 record and the regional and state titles.

Cartwright’s track season came to a slow start after a ankle sprain suffered from the end of soccer season. However, Cartwright still proved to the state that she was a force not to be reckoned with.  At the regional meet, she took first place in the 300-meter hurdles and second place in the long jump.

At the state meet, she was the runner up in the 300-meter hurdles but at the same time set a Corona school record at 44.43 seconds. The performance was good for a spot on the all-state second track team.

Cartwright earned the Joe Sellah Award in track—recognition given to a Tempe student who shows excellence on the field and good character off the field.

In addition to her lofty athletic resume, Cartwright was also editor and chief of Corona’s award winning yearbook. She also had positions in student council, National Honor Society, Lettermen’s Club and the National Charity League.

“I guess I like to be active,” Cartwright said. “I can’t stand to just sit around; I always have to be out doing something.”

Cartwright plans to attend the University of California at Berkeley, where she will be a walk-on competitor. She will be a teammate with Corona grad Katie Morgan.

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