WELL-ROUNDED ATHLETE. Bunn High School senior Maecie Corbett excelled in tennis and track and field at BHS, but will focus on track and field at Barton College, located in Wilson. (Times photo by Geoff Neville)
BUNN -- Barton College boasts a strong nursing program, an up-and-coming track and field team and a location in Wilson -- not too far from Franklin County.
All of those intangibles played a key role in luring Bunn High School senior multi-sport standout Maecie Corbett to the BC campus.
Corbett, who excelled in tennis and track and field at BHS, recently signed a letter-of-intent to join the track and field program at Barton, which competes in the Division II Conference Carolinas League.
Corbett performed many duties on the track squad at Bunn, but BHS veteran head coach Jovon Blacknall expects her to specialize in the sprint hurdles event on the collegiate level.
"I think Maecie is going to do very well at Barton,'' Blacknall said. "She has gotten better and better every year with her hurdles.
"This year, she got the three-step rule down, which is only going to make her better in the future. She is only going to continue to excel on the next level.''
Hurdles have been Corbett's specialty at Bunn, though she also took part in some non-hurdle sprint events during her impressive high school career, including the 100 and 200 dashes.
She set personal bests in several events during the 2020 spring campaign, which was shortened due to COVID-19 concerns.
Corbett also excelled at No. 2 Singles fall for the Bunn girls tennis team, which won the Northern Carolina Conference championship while posting an undefeated regular season.
BHS also appeared in the Class 2-A Girls Tennis State Playoffs under the direction of long-time head coach Allen White.
While starring in tennis and track and field, Corbett has also been sharp in the classroom -- a feat that led to her earning some scholarship money to join the nursing school at Barton -- which boasts one of the area's most prestigious programs in that field.
"All-around, Maecie is one of the best female student-athletes I have ever coached,'' Blacknall said. "She is just very determined and very dedicated. She is a great leader for our team.
"She is also exceptional in the classroom -- she has one of the top percentages in her Senior Class.
"While she was at Bunn, Maecie had a lot of expectations put upon her, but in sports and in the classroom. She has always handled that responsibility very well.''