Colo-NESCO senior Lauryn Hill is jumping her way to Northwest Missouri State in Maryville, Missouri.

Hill signed a letter of intent to high jump for the Northwest Missouri State women’s track team Nov. 21 at the Colo-NESCO High School gym.

“I visited campus a couple months ago and pretty much knew then,” Hill said. “I really liked it and even got to me some of the other track team (members) and they were just really nice and welcoming. It was an easy decision for me.”

Hill is the daughter of Erick and Stacie Hill of Zearing. She has one younger sister, Jenna.

Hill has been a sensation in the high jump at Colo-NESCO.

As a freshman Hill placed third at state in Class 1A and she followed that up by taking second as a sophomore. In her junior season Hill qualified for the Drake Relays, placing seventh, and she went on to win her second bronze medal at state.

“It’s been quite a ride,” Hill said. “It’s definitely my favorite sport. I love how you get both the team and individual aspects. Drake and state are really fun. You get to meet a lot of really good athletes that you make friendships with.”

Hill credits Colo-NESCO girls’ track coach Josh Nessa for helping her get to where she’s at.

“He’s been really supportive of me at meets,” Hill said. “He’s always had faith in me and pushed me to improve myself.”

Hill set the school high jump mark on multiple occasions last year, peaking with a jump of five feet, six inches.

“It’s really exciting to be able to go to the next level to jump and compete,” Hill said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

But first she wants a state championship her senior year.

“I’m really looking forward to this season,” “We’ve got basketball first - gotta take care of business there. But definitely the ultimate goal would be that state championship this year.”

At Northwest Missouri State Hill won’t be slacking off in the classroom. She plans on majoring in pre-optometry or biomedical sciences.