CONCORDIA, Kansas — Cloud County Community College sophomore Avi Bulai has found a new home following her time in Concordia as the thrower signed her national letter of intent on Friday with the University of Mississippi.
"Ole Miss has an excellent program and it has actually always been my sister Tavaita's dream school," Bulai said. "When I visited the campus, I completely fell in love with it and everything felt right for me."
Bulai has continued the run of elite throwers to don a T-Birds uniform as she posted a national runner-up finish in the women's indoor weight throw last March (58'8.75).
The native of Cedar Hill, Texas also added a six-place finish in the hammer throw (154'1) and eighth-place finish in the discus event (143'3) during the outdoor season.
In addition to her success on the national stage a year ago, Bulai earned a Region VI Championship in the women's hammer throw with a personal record mark of 163 feet.
"Her strength and how explosive she is are a few of her strengths. Part of her success is she's very coachable too and willing to learn," said Cloud County head women's track coach, Ted Schmitz. "She has a great attitude and is a great competitor. She has all the skill sets to be a very competitive athlete and we expect her to continue to do great things in the future."
But before she heads off to Oxford, Bulai said she has set some goals for her remaining time with the T-Birds, including a national championship and her own stamp on the Cloud County record books.
The current marks Bulai is shooting for are in the discus, which is currently 168'9 set in 2018 by Gabbreil Harris; 178'5 in the hammer by Nayoka Clunis in 2017; and the indoor weight throw record of 63'4.75 also set by Clunis.
"Time will tell, certainly, because we've had a lot of good throwers here, but I think that will happen," said Schmitz about Bulai setting the school records. "The way she is throwing at this time of the year indicate that those goals should be reachable and that she should be a factor at the national meets."