STOCKBRIDGE — Former Woodland High student and track athlete Aasiyah Barr announced her commitment through Twitter earlier this week to North Carolina State University.
With many options to choose from Kansas State, Purdue University and BYU as well, the decision was difficult for Barr, but she found her new home in North Carolina State.
North Carolina State University felt like a home away from home,” Barr said. “It was family-oriented, and that’s what drives my overall experience. It is kind of like being your brother and sister’s, keeper. So, it led me to choose that school over all of my other great selections.”
Barr didn’t run her final two years at Woodland High and the decision to not run didn’t affect her ability or recruiting process. She worked with her mother, club coaches and took matters into her own hands to continue her training with a never quit attitude.
Barr’s hard work outside of the main track circuit for high school and with her track club ATL ZOOM, she became a National Champion in the 4x100-meter relay team as the first leg of the event.
With college on the horizon, Barr is looking forward to making new memories and getting some long-term friendships.
“It’s an excellent University. It has other prestigious schools around it, such as the University of North Carolina and Duke University,” Barr said of North Carolina State. “I have Olympic coaches. Individually, coach Tori Edwards-Johnson competed in my events (100-meter and 200-meter) and won six medals in major international competition and a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics. Her husband, coach Allen Johnson, is also a very highly decorated Olympian and World Champion.”