Proctor Track Star Washington Signs Letter of Intent to Texas Tech University | Sports
UTICA, NY — Proctor High School senior Tamiah Washington will remain a Raider and wear the same school colors but in a very different location after this school year.
The track and field star signed her national letter of intent on Wednesday, committing to attend and compete in the NCAA Division I for Texas Tech University.
“I was really hoping [a chance to compete Division I]”Washington said. “I can’t say I knew for sure it was going to happen, but I worked hard to be able to do it.”
Surrounded by her family, teammates and coaches, Washington pushed hard to become a Texas Tech Red Raider after ending her successful career with the Proctor Raiders.
“It was a pretty tough decision, but the weather is nice there, so that was a big advantage,” Washington said. “They’re a power ten school in athletics, so I knew it was a good place for me.”
In Washington, Texas Tech is getting a competitor that’s not just one of the best around here, but one of the best in the country.
Washington currently ranks fourth in the long jump and fifth in the triple jump nationwide.
The senior currently holds Proctor High School and Section III records in the long jump (19′ 8-1/2″) and triple jump (39′ 5-1/4″) and is a multi-event Tri-Valley League and Master of Section III.
Washington recently traveled to Houston, Texas after qualifying for the AAU National Championships. She is considered an AAU Track and Field All-American.
With all that she’s accomplished here in central New York, Washington is still trying to break state records and win a national title before her high school career is complete. She is currently competing in the indoor track and field winter season for the Raiders and will compete in outdoor track and field in the spring.
When it came time to move on to the next step, Washington said she’s excited for the opportunity and believes she’s found the right solution.
“When I visited, it felt like a second home to me,” she said. “Everyone has been really nice to me. It’s a small town but the school itself is really big so it felt like the whole town was surrounded by the college itself which was really nice.”
With her resume and all her accolades, Washington will go down in history as one of our region’s finest track and field athletes.
Now she’s ready to show that at the highest level.