Huntington’s Torie Comeaux spent her high school career soaring to new heights as one of the stars of the Devilettes’ track and field program.
That high school career culminated with a second-place finish in the high jump at the recent state meet in Austin. As it turns out, her track career is just getting started as she signed a letter of intent to compete for Texas A&M-Commerce starting next season on Thursday morning.
“It’s a dream come true,” Comeaux said. “I’ve always wanted to sign somewhere, and this was the perfect opportunity for me.”
Comeaux is coming off her third trip to the state meet. In fact, the only obstacle that kept her from state in her high school career was an injury near the end of her junior year.
Even that served as a minor roadblock as she bounced back with her strongest season ever before her recent stellar showing at state.
Even before she stepped on the track at the state meet, she had drawn the attention of the A&M-Commerce staff.
“They came to me a week or two before state,” Comeaux said. “They told me not to worry about anything before state and to go and enjoy that. Then after that, they wanted me to come visit the campus.”
Once she made that visit, her decision was an easy one.
“It’s amazing,” Comeaux said. “It was definitely the place for me.”
With countless hours of preparation in the high jump having her prepared for the collegiate level, Comeaux will also get the chance to broaden her horizons once she heads to Commerce.
The A&M-Commerce staff has already talked to her about competing in the javelin throw, a sport not offered by UIL at the high school level.
“I can’t really say I’d thought of that one, but they told me I had the right build for it,” Comeaux said. “I’m definitely going to give it a try.”
Comeaux will walk the stage for graduation tonight before spending the summer getting prepared for A&M-Commerce.
She plans on studying animal science before moving on to Texas A&M University in College Station to finish her education.
“This is a great opportunity for me,” Comeaux said. “For this to all come together really is hard to describe. I’m just thankful for the chance.”