Izabelle Ith holds many state titles. This banner doesn’t include the four she won in 2017. Photo/Brad Taylor

Recent Petersburg High School graduate, Izabelle Ith, will be attending Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts this fall to compete track and field. The annual cost of the school is about $75,000. Instead of sports scholarships, the college awards financial aid, which Ith is receiving.

The list of Ith’s accomplishments is long. She graduated as a straight A student and has a long list of state titles in track and field. She won four state titles this year for the 100 and 300 meter hurdles and the long and triple jumps. She was unstoppable in the 100 meter hurdles throughout high school winning the state title in the event all four years. She also holds two regional track records. She was named the 2017 Alaska School Activities Association Female Outstanding Competitor for going undefeated in all of her events this spring.

Izabelle Ith holds the Region 5 records for Southeast Alaska for long jump (18 ft, 1 in) and triple jump (37 ft, 2.5 in). Photo/Brad Taylor

Ith has also been named Gatorade Alaska Girls Track and Field Player of the Year. For that, she’ll be able to choose a youth sports organization for a $1,000 grant and she’s a finalist for the organization’s national award.

During Ith’s senior year she was pursued by division one and two schools with scholarship offers. But she wasn’t interested in competing in just one track and field event and she wanted academics to come first. Ith decided on Williams, a division three liberal arts school, where she plans on studying a variety of subjects.

Ith spoke with KFSK’s Angela Denning about her college plans. She says one of the reasons why Williams was interested in her was because she was successful even though Petersburg doesn’t have a track and field facility.

Izabelle Ith won the state titles in the 100 meter hurdles all four years. Photo/Brad Taylor

Ith also credits her high school track coach, Brad Taylor, with supporting her in the sport.

Her new coach at Williams College has asked Ith if she would consider training for multi-events like the Heptathlon or Pentathlon and Ith says she is interested.

This summer, however, Ith will be spending time in her usual spot–the Czech Republic–where her grandmother lives.