Evart track athlete signs letter to attend Davenport University

EVART — Allyssa Witbeck is focusing on what she hopes will be a banner senior season in girls track this spring at Evart.

But on Monday morning, the Evart athlete focused on her college future by signing a letter of intent to attend Davenport University.

She will be in the high jump and pole vault for Davenport.

Jeremy Weir, assistant track coach, was at the signing ceremony representing Davenport.

“We found her through athletic.net,” Weir said. “Then we had the visit.”

Witbeck will be receiving a partial athletic scholarship and studying sports management. Davenport normally doesn’t redshirt, Weir said, and Witbeck is expected to compete during the 2016-17 season as a freshman.

Davenport recently finished its new outdoor track and field facility, Weir said. It’s the ninth year of the program.

Witbeck said she also was contacted by Lake Superior State, but decided on Davenport.

“I just loved everything about the campus,” she said.

High jump has been the main event at Evart for Witbeck. She’s been at state in the 4x100 relay. Her best high jump has been 5-2. She’ll be doing indoor track this winter.

“I really want to beat the school record (5-3 1/4),” she said. “I wanted to work on jumping and staying active.”

Witbeck has been a high jumper since middle school.

“I’m super excited,” she said of her future college sports career.