A local track and field star will continue her career in the OVP area. Eastern senior Maddie Rigsby signed her letter of intent to join the University of Rio Grande next year, on April 3 in the EHS lobby. “I chose Rio Grande because it is close and I really like it there,” said Maddie. “It just feels like home.” Rigsby has competed at the OHSAA state track meet in seven events, four in her sophomore year and three in her junior year. Maddie’s best finish at Jesse Owens was this past year when she finished ninth in the high jump. “Mostly because I can work on it individually and get better there and still have a team,” said Rigsby on her decision to choose track and field. “I just like that its individual and team.” Maddie has also competed at the state level with the 2011 Lady Eagles volleyball state semifinalists, the 2013 Lady Eagles basketball state semifinalists and the 2014 Lady Eagles basketball state champions. “She’s a really good volleyball player and a really good basketball player so I’m just happy she chose track,” Eastern head coach Josh Fogle said. She’s been a leader, she has the school record in the high jump, 4x800m, 4x400m and 4x200m so yeah, she has been a tremendous athlete and big time leader.” Rigsby has been a part of nine Tri-Valley Conference champion teams, three in volleyball, three in basketball and three in track. “Everyone here is competitive and good and I think that will help in the future,” Maddie said. “I’m used to competing against everyone here, who are pretty good, and everyone else we compete against are pretty good too.” She currently holds a 3.7 GPA at Eastern High School and is 13th in the senior class. In addition to joining the track and field team at URG, Maddie will major in nursing. Rio Grande is an NAIA school in the Mid-South Conference. The RedStorm women’s track team took fifth in the MSC last year“I think she’ll do really well because now she’ll just be concentrating on track, whereas before she had those other sports” Fogle said. “Once she starts training for track year round she’ll see a big time improvement.” Pictured above, sitting in the front from left, are Troy Rigsby, Angie Rigsby, Maddie Rigsby and Peyton Rigsby.Standing in the back are Lady Eagles track and field coach Josh Fogle, Rio Grande coach Steve Gruenberg and Rio Grande coach Nick Wilson.