Colac athletics export Caitlin Serle says qualifying for nationals is her major goal with her new school Keiser University.
Serle has transferred to the college in West Palm Beach, Florida, after spending the past two years at a junior college in Iowa.
The 20-year-old, the daughter of Colac’s Damian and Penny Serle, said she was eager for a fresh start following two injury-plagued seasons with North Iowa Area Community College.
She said she spent the first half of this year doing campus tours, and Keiser University “ticked all the boxes”.
“My first school was a JUCO, a junior college, so you’re only there for two years, I had to transfer to a four-year to finish my degree,” Serle said.
“I was looking at schools, and I wanted to go Florida way,” she said.
“Their track program is really good, so I got in contact with the coach and I got offered a decent scholarship.”
Serle, whose pet events are javelin and sprints, said she hoped for an injury-free run this season.
“I had a fair few injuries in my first season, the second season I got injured towards the end,” she said.
“But I’ve been looking after my body and health to hopefully go well and stay free of injuries.
“So my goal is to stay injury free, win the conference, then hopefully qualify for nationals.”
The SEC, Southeastern Conference, is an American college athletic conference whose member institutions are primarily in the south central and southeastern United States.
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