HAWARDEN—West Sioux High School senior Autumn Hardin signed a letter of intent Saturday, Nov. 2, to run track at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo.
“I choose to go to Hawkeye Community because as I was on my visit, it was a very welcoming place,” Hardin said. “Not one person was different from the other and that’s how I was treated.”
Because the college also is located in what Hardin sees as a “great place” with an environment she finds to be “unbelievably incredible,” she felt she could not pass up the opportunity.
Hardin is the daughter of Katrina and Josh Bruner of Hawarden.
West Sioux track coach Jerome Hoegh is “very glad” Hardin signed and said he knows she will continue to improve in her senior season running.
“Autumn is a hard worker with a great drive and competitive attitude,” Hoegh said. “It is awesome to see her work toward her goal of running in college.”
She was approached to become a RedTail initially by Hawkeye Community College assistant track coach Matthew Ferris, who expressed interest in her running ability. Head coach is Orange City native Tyler Mulder.
“Running has always had a special place in my heart above all other sports,” Hardin said. “You have a track team, but initially your progress isn’t based on what they do for you, it’s what you do for yourself. It has taught me patience and perseverance.”
Hardin plans to continue running hurdles in college and hopes to run some relays and short distance events.
While at Hawkeye, Hardin will begin her educational journey to becoming a physical therapist. She plans to earn her PTA then transfer to a university where she will work to earn her doctorate.