Baldwin County senior Kailee Cox once again made school history after she signed a scholarship to run cross country at Faulkner University in Montgomery during a ceremony at the high school Tuesday, …
Baldwin County senior Kailee Cox once again made school history after she signed a scholarship to run cross country at Faulkner University in Montgomery during a ceremony at the high school Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Tiger head cross country coach Matt Beckett said Cox is the first female cross country runner to sign with a college team. It was not long ago when she etched her name in the record books after she became only the fourth female runner from Baldwin County to qualify for four straight state championship meets.
Cox qualified with the Tiger team as a freshman then qualified individually her final three years. In addition to four varsity letters in cross country, she was also a member of the varsity girls’ soccer team for all four years of high school where Beckett was also her head coach.
“She is gifted and talented enough to where she could be a two-sport athlete in college if she so chose,” Beckett said. “In addition to her athleticism, she also exhibits the grit and demonstrates the dedication that you really want and need to see in an athlete – especially if they want to be successful at the next level.”
For her efforts, Cox was recognized with all-county distinction from Baldwin County Public Schools and also served as a captain of the cross country team.
Also a member of the National Honor Society, Cox served as an athletic trainer on the sidelines of football games as well.
Before she signed her scholarship, Cox thanked her parents, teammates and coaches for their “support, dedication and encouragement.”