With where she’ll run in college out of the way, Maryville High School senior Ashley Bridenbaugh is picking up speed.
The Lady Rebel standout signed a National Letter of Intent with Samford University in Birmingham, Ala., last week. On Tuesday, Bridenbaugh ran to a personal-best time of 45.62 seconds in the 300-meter hurdles. Owner of the fastest time in the state for the event this season in Class AAA. Bridenbaugh, who also runs the 100 hurdles for the Lady Rebels, said she chose Samford for the chance to hit track running next spring.
“I think I can be competitive the first year I get there,” Bridenbaugh said. “I went on a visit, and I meshed well with the team.”
Bridenbaugh helped the Lady Rebels to a school record in the 4x400 relay a year ago, training her sights on an individual medal at state this spring. Reducing her times in the 300 hurdles has Bridenbaugh hopeful of a strong finish to her high career.
“Every little bit counts,” she said.