With a stroke of the pen, Lakeside High School’s Erin Payne committed not only to run cross country and track for a college, but for her country.
In front of her family, friends and teammates, Payne signed to the U.S. Naval Academy on Tuesday afternoon.
Payne said it was a long process, but once she visited Annapolis after her junior year, she knew it was the place for her.
“I went to the summer seminar and fell in love with the atmosphere,” she said. “It felt like instant family.”