CONCORDIA, Kansas — Cloud County Community College sprinter Chanice Forbes fell in love with Missouri State University during her campus visit. And on Thursday, the sophomore made the match official as she signed her National Letter of Intent with the Lady Bears.
"They were the first school to really reach out to me. I went on a visit and liked everything about it, from how the team practiced to the coaching staff and how they connected with everyone," said Forbes, who plans on majoring in Information Technology. "I felt it was the perfect fit for me."
Missouri State is a NCAA Division I institution and the women's track program is a nine-time Missouri Valley Conference champion.
Forbes, a native of Nassau, Bahamas, has made her mark at Cloud County as a 200-meter and 400-meter sprinter, while also being a key piece to the Cloud County 4X100 and 4X400-meter relay teams.
Currently, Forbes has helped the Cloud County 4X100-meter relay team to the 10th fastest national qualifying time at the NJCAA level of 48.42 seconds, and the 4X400-meter relay team has the eighth-fastest time in the country at 3:55.42.
Individually, Forbes claimed a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash at the 2018 Region VI Indoor Championships (59.31) and backed that up with a sixth-place finish at this year's Region VI/KJCCC Indoor Championships (59.43).
Cloud County head women's track coach said that Forbes has continued to progress since suffering an injury during the NJCAA National Indoor Championships as a freshman and is primed for a big outdoor season this spring.
"Chanice had a good indoor season as a freshman, but hurt her hamstring at the national meet and was basically never at full strength for the outdoor season," Schmitz said. "It was disappointing for her last year, but she has continued to work hard through that. Right now, she's probably running the best she has since she's been here."
Back at full strength and her rehab firmly in the rearview mirror, Forbes says she believes there is still plenty of room for growth this season and as she transitions to the NCAA Division I level next season.
"I feel like I can still get a lot stronger and continue to build my speed," Forbes said.