Wednesday afternoon at Augusta Prep, Jovan Cardoso signed her letter of intent to be a track and field athlete at Queens University of Charlotte (N.C.).
The Lady Cavaliers senior is coming off a season when she was a Georgia Independent Schools Association Class AAA All-Region performer in both shot put and discus. She holds the school records in both – 35-1 for the shot and 107-4 for the discus.
While she played both basketball and track for Augusta Prep, she’ll just focus on track in college.
The university had a few things that appealed to Cardoso.
“When I visited, I felt like I fit (in) immediately,” said Cardoso. “The people there were so nice and they had the exact program I wanted.”
Cardoso said she plans to study pre-occupational therapy while in school. She was attracted to it after seeing it being put to practical use.
“One of my mom’s friend’s son was in an accident,” Cardoso said. “When I visited the facility, I really got what they were doing there, and I want to do that too; bring hope.”
While she leaves with records, she would rather see someone else surpass them.
“Hopefully, (freshman) Katherine James – my little protege – will beat me,” Cardoso said. “That’s what I want. We try to teach each other and get better.”
That attitude didn’t surprise Augusta Prep Athletic Director Tom Holodak.
“To get to the next level, she knew she would have to work harder and she did,” said Holodak. “She’s a leader by example.”
Though Cardoso entertained offers from schools in Wisconsin and Michigan, she decided they were too far away.
“The location was not too far, not too close,” she said of Queens. “I knew the area, kind of, already. I just wanted a different setting ’cause being in North Augusta all my life, it’s small. I wanted more of a bigger city.”