Ford takes home BC’s Athena honor

Sports Editor

Brooklyn Center senior Nia Ford has been a three-sport athlete throughout her Centaur career.

Nia Ford. (Submitted photo
Nia Ford. (Submitted photo

Ford played soccer in the fall, joined the dance team in the winter and rounded out every year on the track and field squad.

Outside of her athletic accomplishments, Ford is on the National Honor Society, while also earning a spot on the Spotlight on Scholarship list.

Ford’s accomplishments while at Brooklyn Center helped make her become the school’s Athena Award winner this year. The awards go to outstanding senior female athletes from each of the 50 metropolitan area high schools. Students were nominated by their coaches as outstanding senior female athletes. They are selected based on excellence in an individual sport or for participation and accomplishment in group sports.

“It’s really humbling to know that I can receive this award after all the hard work I have put into the sports I participate in,” Ford said. “While I was here, BC set me up to push myself to do better academically.”

Ford was a two-time soccer and track and field captain at Brooklyn Center, while serving as a three-time dance team captain for the Centaurs. She has earned a total of nine conference awards during her high school career, including winning the 100-meter hurdles event at the Tri-Metro Conference meet last season. Ford has also won three section awards for track and field.

With her senior year coming to a close, Ford said she is looking forward to the end of high school, but wants her track and field season to go by as slowly as possible.

“It’s been going by super fast, but it has been fun,” Ford said. “I’m counting down the days until school is done, but I want the track season to go as slow as possible.”

Ford plans to run Division III track and field and major in higher education for history.

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