ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Someday, she hopes to be Dr. Krista Armstead.
For now, she’s just Krista Armstead, Washington Huskie-to-be.
Sandia Prep’s übertalented senior sprinter/hurdler has signed her national letter of intent with the Huskies, she told the Journal.
The 17-year-old Rio Rancho resident, widely considered New Mexico’s most dominant female track athlete, chose Washington of the Pac-12 over California and Baylor.
“Washington worked out a lot better for me,” Armstead said.
Yes, she said, it was, in part, because the Huskies offer both indoor and outdoor track programs.
But Washington also has one of the country’s top medical schools.
Put the two together, and Armstead was sold.
“It had to be both,” she said. “At Washington I’ll get a lot of academic support.”
Armstead was a four-time state champion at Sandia Prep as a sophomore, but missed the second day of last year’s state meet with a leg injury and was unable to compete in any finals. Still, her ability has been dazzling local crowds for years.
Just last season, Armstead swept the sprints and hurdles at the All-Star Marilyn Sepulveda Invitational — which brings together the best athletes from every classification — and no other female athlete had ever done that, according to meet organizers.
“I can see some fabulous things for her,” said Stacey Price, who is Armstead’s sprints/hurdles coach with the Sundevils. “National, fabulous things. She is that talented.”
Armstead is adding the 400-meter dash this year, although at state, she’ll be able to run only four events. The 300-meter intermediate hurdles is perhaps her most dominant event.
“They (Washington) were just looking at the overall,” Armstead said. “I’m really diverse in everything I can do.”
Armstead visited Baylor and Washington last fall. The Huskies first began contacting her two years ago.
She said she wants to study kinesiology or maybe become a physical trainer.
“That will also help me with my track,” the soft-spoken Armstead said.
New Mexico was not in the hunt, Armstead said.
With this mind-weighing decision behind her, Armstead can focus on closing out her great prep career.
“It was definitely stressful,” she said. “You’re just always thinking about what’s gonna be the best for you in the future, and you always worry you’re making the wrong decision. But at the end of the day, everything worked out.”
— This article appeared on page D7 of the Albuquerque Journal