Madison Jacobs was one of three Arroyo Grande High athletes to sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, signing to compete in track and field at Kentucky.
Joining Jacobs at the signing ceremony were Nadine Reed and Mallory Flatebo, who signed letters to play women’s soccer at Arizona State and Cal State San Bernardino, respectively.
Jacobs was the runner-up at the state meet in discus a year ago and is a favorite in the event in her senior season for the Eagles.
“I’m very excited to see what she can do in her last season in high school,” Arroyo Grande track and field coach James Brown said. “I think the way she performed at the state meet made it very clear that she could perform at the next level.”
Originally interested in attending Alabama, Jacobs switched to Kentucky after making a strong connection with the Wildcats coaches, according to Brown.
Brown believes she has what it takes to compete at the next level.
“She’s very athletic,” Brown said. “It just started to come together last year. I think that after four years of drilling and drilling and weight lifting and weight lifting, it finally came together at the end of last year.”
Reed was a goal scoring machine at forward for the Eagles this year, scoring 21 goals in 23 games.
“She finishes very well,” Eagles coach Bob Wilson said. “As of late she’s been doing a pretty good job of checking the ball and opening up space for other players, and she’s got a ton of speed.”
Flatebo played alongside Reed at forward to help anchor a powerful Arroyo Grande offense.
“Mallory is very aggressive,” Wilson said. “She’s gonna run through the ball a lot, run through the tackle a lot. She has a strong shot from outside and she’s made some big goals for us.”
Reed and Flatebo recorded one goal and one assist apiece in a 5-0 win over Paso Robles as the Eagles clinched the PAC 7 title just hours after the signing ceremony.