UC signs Maumee track starWritten by Zach Silka | | firstname.lastname@example.org
On paper, Cory Huber is a track star destined for greatness at the University of Cincinnati. The Maumee High School graduate holds a record of achievements two pages long, including the school record in the 300-meter hurdles and pole vault, along with team Sprinter of the Year as a sophomore.
“She was a team leader pretty much all the way through her career,” Maumee girls’ track coach Loren Burkey said. “She’s always been very much into track, and I think that helped the team out quite a bit because they see girls that are committed to doing something.”
As the Northern Lakes League champion in the 100-meter hurdles her junior and senior year and 300-meter hurdles also her senior year, Huber was a model of excellence for other hurdlers, according to Angie Sugg, Huber’s hurdle coach since she began participating in the event in the seventh grade.
“She’s definitely the fastest hurdler I have coached in 12 years, without a question,” Sugg said. “She is a tenacious athlete. She’s the kind of athlete that coaches really love having … She would spend hours practicing. I would have to kick her off the track as a freshman and a sophomore because she was just non-stop until she got it right.”
After successful freshman, sophomore and junior seasons, Huber’s senior season was not picture perfect. In the season’s first track meet, Huber pulled her left hamstring, a painful injury that can be debilitating for track athletes and one that held her out of the majority of the regular season.
“It was tough because it was senior year and I wanted to be good and go to States,” Huber said. “But I think it was a blessing because I learned from it and how to deal with it.”
During the weeks of physical therapy, Huber faced frequent questioning in school from teammates wanting to know when they would get their leader back.
She also began to realize her dreams of breaking more school records and personal bests would not happen.
“There were a lot of tears shed through that whole time,” her mother, Diane Huber, said. “She was so frustrated. She just wanted to get back and start running.”
But Huber overcame the untimely adversity, returning to the track a week before the Northern Lakes League championships. After placing first at the NLL and district meets and second at regionals by one one-hundredths of a second, Huber advanced to the state meet in Columbus. Attention from recruiters she expected to have all season also began increasing.
Soon after the state meet, where she finished 13th in the 100-meter hurdles, Cincinnati offered her a scholarship and a spot on its roster for next season. Huber signed her national letter of intent July 8.
“It was awesome how everything turned out, and I worked hard through it all,” Huber said. “But it was a struggle.”
Huber said what appealed to her the most about the University of Cincinnati was the family atmosphere of the team.
With only one other hurdler in the program, Huber said there may be an opportunity for her to contribute immediately.
“I took forever to choose a college because I didn’t know exactly where I wanted to go,” she said. “Cincinnati just came at the last moment, and everything worked out.”
The future Bearcat, who graduated in June with a 3.7 GPA, made the honor roll in every quarter of her high school career and was inducted into the school’s National Honor Society her junior year.
Huber also is an active member in Young Life, a Christian youth organization, and has an extensive volunteering background, having worked at St. Luke’s Hospital and the Northwest Ohio Development Center.
“I was pretty much well-rounded in every single way,” Huber said.