Palmyra senior Kaylee Janssen signed her letter of intent Monday afternoon to join the track & field program at Culver-Stockton College.

Palmyra senior Kaylee Janssen signed her letter of intent Monday afternoon to join the track & field program at Culver-Stockton College.

The Courier-Post caught up with her after the ceremony. 

Courier-Post: What is the excitement level like for you to sign to run at Culver-Stockton? 

Kaylee Janssen: “It’s definitely very exciting because it’s something that I’ve always wanted to do. It has been a dream. It was one of those dreams that some people don’t get to have happen. For me to actually have that occur, it’s a great feeling." 

What was it about the program that made you comfortable there? 

“I talked to coach (Alan) King and he just seemed like a really great coach. To run for him, it’s definitely a great thing that I’m able to do.” 

You’ve overcome quite a few obstacles during your four years at Palmyra. Can you describe what it’s been like to battle through those? 

“I’ve torn my ACL twice. The first week of my freshman year, I tore my ACL, and I couldn’t run that track season. I had to sit on the sidelines and watch everyone else. That was really hard for me. I ran through my sophomore year track season with a torn ACL and a torn meniscus, so the summer before my junior year was when I had my surgery for that. Going through physical therapy and things like that, just a lot of pain, but in order to get to where I am today, I had to go through that. In the end, it made me stronger." 

What are some goals you are setting for yourself during your college career?

“I think I’m just shooting to improve the most that I can and be the best that I can be in all these events. Always try my hardest.” 

What events do you expect that you’ll compete in during college? 

“We haven’t really talked about it that much, but I hope to compete possibly in the 1(00), 2(00), 4(00) and whatever relays he decides to throw me in.”

With your final high school track season just underway, what do you still hope to accomplish at Palmyra?

“It’s always been a dream for our 4-by-1 or even 4-by-2 team to go to state. If that were to actually happen, that would be great.”

What are you going to remember most about your time at Palmyra?

“I’m definitely going to remember how supportive my team has been and how supportive coach (Nick) Koetters has been and just all the memories that I’ve made here.”