By Greg Gielczyk
Enns, a four-time All-State athlete and a three-time All-Academic student, will compete at the next level after signing a national letter of intent to attend Cedarville University next fall in Ohio.
One of the major draws for Enns is that a couple of her cousins, Alayna and Savannah Ackley, as well as her brother, Abram Enns are already at Cedarville.
“That doesn’t hurt,” said Cedarville women’s track and field head coach Jeff Bolender. “Her sisters have done really well for us here, and she’s a strong athlete, and just a really quality person.
“Putting all those things together, it seemed like a strong fit. She was our top recruit this past year with just a really good group of young ladies. We are really happy that she’s going to come join us.”
Bolender says that the coaches try to have a patient approach with the incoming freshmen.
A lot of high school athletes tend to consider themselves distance and middle distance runners, competing in the 1600 and 800 meters, Bolender said.
That doesn’t always hold true as they get into college, and sometimes they find themselves moving up in distance to the 3200 meters.
“We’ll kind of take that process gradually, and see where she ends up,” said Bolender. “She’s been very successful with her track racing, anywhere from the 800 to the 3200, and again very successful in cross country.
“We’ll see where her range is, but I feel very good about her being successful in the middle to long distance races.”
Hart girls cross country coach Terry Tatro called Enns an “incredible” athlete, and also a great person.
“If you were to meet her, she lights up a room with her smile,” said Tatro. “Just a great kid. Never an issue as far as doing workouts and stuff. “She was always real responsive to that, and always a team leader. Never a negative moment that I can think of with her. She was always very positive.”
Tatro has no doubt that Enns will be one of the Yellow Jackets’ top runners from the moment she walks onto the campus.
Hart girls track and field coach Calvin Ackley, who is also Enns’ uncle, actually coached his niece in middle school cross country and track. He just switched to the varsity three years ago.
“It’s been great. She’s always smiling and happy,” said Ackley. “She’s great to have on the team. Always upbeat, and is willing to do the workouts with a great attitude.
“I’m excited that she’s going to Cedarville,” Ackley added. “I think it’s a great school for her. She’s worked hard it. One of the elements that gets overlooked in people is consistency, and she has been consistent for four years.
“I’m excited to have her on board, and look forward to following her season this spring,” Bolender added. “I’m sure she’ll be chasing some state titles. We’ll see where that ends up as well.”
Enns currently has a 4.0 GPA at Hart high school and will major in nursing at Cedarville. Audrianna is the daughter of Pastor James and Cathy Enns.