Cloud County sophomore thrower Takyra Hilton stays local as she inks with Washburn University

Cloud County sophomore Takyra Hilton signed with Washburn University on Thursday.
Cloud County sophomore Takyra Hilton signed with Washburn University on Thursday.

CONCORDIA, Kansas — Cloud County Community College sophomore Takyra Hilton will get to continue her collegiate career in her home state of Kansas as the Hill City native signed her National Letter of Intent on Thursday to Washburn University, a NCAA Division II program in the MIAA.

The biggest selling point for Hilton becoming an Ichabod was the Washburn coaching staff, under the direction of head coach Cameron Babb and throws coach, Jason Robbs.

"The campus was really nice and they have great facilities, but really my decision was based off the coaches. I talked with (Robbs) for hours before I even made my visit," Hilton said. "We talked about their plans for me. I feel like their coaching can help take me farther."

Hilton, who said she plans on becoming a social worker after she graduates, joins a long line of throwers to come out of the T-Birds' program and move on to the NCAA Division I or Division II ranks, which includes her fellow sophomore teammate Avi Bulai (Ole Miss).

The shot put has been Hilton's specialty in a T-Birds' uniform as she currently ranks ninth in the country amongst NJCAA athletes with a national qualifying mark of 43-feet, 10.75 inches set earlier this month at the Friends University Spring Open.

So far this season, Hilton has earned a third-place finish in the shot put at the Region VI Indoor Championships (43'10.5) and came in 10th overall a week later at the NJCAA National Indoor Meet with a toss of 41'11.5.

Her best career mark came on April 28, 2018 at the Southwestern Invite when she won the event with a throw of 45'5.25.

"Takyra has consistently improved since she's been here and I think she will only continue to get better as she progresses and moves on to the next level," said Cloud County head coach, Ted Schmitz. "I think (Washburn) will probably make her a hammer thrower, as well. It'll take her a little time to perfect it, but she has always had the talent to do it and talent that will continue to be developed."