Wednesday afternoon was the start of a new era for Palmyra’s Evie Miles. While she still has a month of school left, Miles signed a letter of intent to run track at Central Methodist University in Fayette.
“It was kind of exciting,” Miles said. “Just realizing that I am moving on to another step of being able to do something that I really love to do, it’s exciting.”
Miles wasn’t the only one enjoying the signing. Miles’ father, Kevin Miles, is a teacher and coach at Palmyra High School and was on hand for his daughter’s signing ceremony.
 “It is pretty exciting,” Kevin Miles, Evie’s father said. “She has looked forward to it for a long time. She knew all along that she wanted to run track somewhere and she really felt like CMU was a good fit for her. They were excited to have her and it is just going to be neat.”
Miles was a three sport star at Palmyra High School. She was a member of the Lady Panthers’ fourth place finishing softball team in the Missouri State Tournament, she helped the Palmyra girls’ basketball team to an Elite 8 appearance and now she is aiming for her fourth trip to state in as many years as a member of the track team.
But, once college begins, Miles is giving all the other sports up. Instead, she will focus solely on running track year round. With indoor and outdoor track seasons in college, she will have her hands full.
“Right now I am not planning on (playing other sports),” Miles said. “I am just going to stick with track and focusing on the one sport and getting all my work done.”
When the college recruitment process began, Miles had some other schools she was interested in. However, CMU was her first visit and it was a love at first sight kind of feeling.
“I just really liked the atmosphere I was put in when I got there,” Evie Miles said. “Their nursing program seems to be a good one and their track team seems to be like something that I can really fit into.”
Palmyra girls’ track coach, Nicholas Koetters knows Miles made the right choice.
“She had a couple different people that were interested,” Koetters said. “It kind of went back and forth as she didn’t know where she wanted to go at first, but she just felt comfortable with CMU. She liked the campus, liked the coach, and liked the system. It is going to be a good fit for her.”
Miles got a chance to meet CMU’s coach and a few of her possible future track athletes while visiting.
“The coach seemed really excited that I was going to be there,” Evie Miles said. “I meet a couple of the team and they seemed to be really helpful to me.”
As a coach, Kevin Miles has seen his players go through the college recruiting and signing process, but said it was different this time.
“It is a little harder when it is your own kid,” Kevin Miles said. “I think that the process of being around it for quite a while was able to help me help her to make a good decision on what to do.”
Miles said her best event is the 100 hurdles.
“It has always been my strongest,” Evie Miles said. “I have made it to state in that event three times and if I make it (this year), it will be my fourth year.”
Koetters is going to miss Miles when she graduates as she is one of the team leaders.
“She is a hard worker,” Koetters said. “She puts in everything. She doesn’t complain. You can fill her in wherever. It’s, hey, we need you to run this event and she will do whatever. She will run through a wall. She doesn’t care, she will do it.”
As well as she has done though, Miles knows things will be different in college.
“College is definitely going to be a step above high school track,” Evie Miles said. “If I end up running different events from in high school, they will be different things I have to try.”
At just under 100 miles, Fayette is a short two-hour drive from Palmyra. Miles plans to live on campus, but that won’t stop her from visiting home as often as possible.
“I am probably going to come home as much as I can,” Evie Miles said. “Whenever I am not busy, I guess.”
Miles’ parents couldn’t have been prouder Wednesday afternoon.
“This is a big day (for the family),” Kevin Miles said. “Anytime you get one of your children and you see her hard work is paying off and it is really starting to show, it is exciting. I just know that her mom and myself have really been happy for the things that she has done as she has grown up. This is really just an exciting day.”
Palmyra’s loss is CMU’s gain.
“It has been nice having her leadership,” Koetters said. “She is that kind of person that pushes everybody else also.”