“Go Army! Beat Navy!” took on a whole new meaning for Augusta Christian’s Anna Motes Thursday afternoon.
That was when the Lady Lions’ basketball and track standout signed her letter of appointment to the United States Military Academy West Point where she’ll run track.
“I wasn’t considering it at first, but this summer I got a letter from them (West Point) and Coach (Keith) Walton our football coach kind of told me to continue to pursue it and find out more about the school,” Motes said.
“I went on a visit there in late October this year and I really did like it. I just feel like with me desiring to go into medicine, that would be a good route to go.”
Motes didn’t find out about her acceptance until about two weeks ago.
“I hate waiting until the last minute for anything, but this whole time I’ve just been praying that if the Lord wanted me to go there that I’d get in and it worked out fine.”
What West Point gets in Motes is a long jump and triple jump champion. She was the two-time defending long jump champion heading into the South Carolina Independent School Association championships May 3.
She took second place, but finished her career in the triple jump as a three-time consecutive champion in record-breaking fashion.
“I was really excited to break the state record in the triple and that’s the best (37-05.50) I’ve ever gotten,” Motes said.
A three-time All-State performer in basketball and having scored over 1,000 career points, Motes isn’t ruling out playing basketball as well.
“If the opportunity arises, I’ll look into it, but West Point is so demanding that I’m not positive I would want to do two sports at once, but I’m keeping my options open,” Motes said.
Head track coach Charles Cooper told her how much she meant to the athletic program and about her last record at the school.
“It just dawned on me that you are, I believe, the first person to go to West Point from Augusta Christian and to get an athletic scholarship is amazing,” said Cooper at the signing.