MEAD — It was not that long ago that Abbey Glynn considered herself a volleyball player and envisioned herself playing the sport at the next level.
It wasn’t until after this past track and field state championships that Mead athletic director Chad Eisentrager told Glynn that her athletic future likely wasn’t in volleyball but in track. As good a volleyball player as she is, there wasn’t much evidence available for Glynn to argue the contrary.
On Wednesday, Glynn announced on social media that she has officially committed to begin the collegiate track and field career that everyone she knows has come to expect from her at the University of Colorado.
“I’m really excited,” Glynn said. “It was an easier choice to pick CU because it’s a lot closer to home than the other schools I was looking at. I really liked coach (Burke) Bockman, their sprints and hurdles coach, and the host that I had on my visit. I felt like I really had a connection with the coaches and the girls.”
At the 2018 Colorado track and field state championships, Glynn anchored the Mead girls 800-meter sprint medley relay team that won the Class 4A title. It was the first girls state championship in her school’s history.
In her individual events, Glynn finished runner-up in the open 400 and the 300-meter hurdles as a junior this past spring. Glynn is also among the top players for a Mead volleyball team that won 19 matches but her historic state meet shifted her training focus to track and field, which appears to have paid off.
“I really wanted to do volleyball for a long time, until state,” Glynn said. “It was always about volleyball and it’s strange to think that this is going to be my last year playing. After the playoff, I’ll be focusing on track full-time and that’s also really exciting.”
Glynn said she was also considering Colorado State and Wyoming, and had spoken with the Utah State track and field coaching staff. Glynn will join Mavericks graduate Alex Mead on the short list of Division-I track and field athletes from Mead High School.