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ECU inks Grullon

AHOSKIE – Former Hertford County High School standout Jaslyn Grullon signed a scholarship to run track at East Carolina University.

The recently graduated senior excelled in the 100-meter high hurdles, 300-meter low hurdles and relay events.

The scholarship will eventually be a full ride, but will be only for tuition and books her freshman year.

&uot;I’m really excited about attending ECU and overwhelmed by the honor of it,&uot; Grullon said. &uot;Overall, I’m just happy for the opportunity they gave me.&uot;

Grullon has battled through an ankle injury she suffered at the Northeastern Coastal Conference championships last season that kept her out of the state championships.

She said it is now better and, through therapy, worked it back into running form.

&uot;I knew I just had to take it easy and not work it too hard to risk injury,&uot; Grullon said.

She added she is looking forward to the challenges that await her in Division-I play and learning under her new coach, Joe Catania.

&uot;[Catania] is a wonderful person and I look forward to working with him and the athletes at ECU,&uot; Grullon said.

Grullon thanked everyone for their support and belief in her, especially her mother.

&uot;She has helped and encouraged me so much throughout my track career,&uot; Grullon said. &uot;In time of injury or other times where I felt like giving up, she would talk to me and encourage me to stay at it.&uot;

HCHS Track coach Diane Gatling recognized the hard work that Grullon put in during her tenure at the high school and that she will be missed within the program.

&uot;She will be sorely missed because she was an awesome athlete,&uot; Gatling said. &uot;But she is so deserving of this scholarship – no one deserves it more than her.&uot;