TRAVERSE CITY — Katie Moses has been on the Clemson campus numerous times over the years.
She’ll soon be a full-time student-athlete there.
The Traverse City Central distance standout will sign a letter-of-intent today to run cross country and track at the South Carolina school.
“My dad (Joe) graduated from there, played golf there,” Moses said. “We’ve always gone down there for football games. A lot of friends go there as well. Plus, my family’s moving down there. It’s exciting. It couldn’t have worked out any better, honestly.”
It was on a trip to Clemson last summer that Moses met Mark Elliott, who in July was named the school’s women’s cross country and track and field coach.
“I just stopped in to say hi,” she said. “Being from Michigan, they didn’t really know me. So I went in and introduced myself. We started talking. I told them my times and they invited me for an official visit. Things happened from there.”
And happened quickly.
Moses took her official visit in late September and made a verbal commitment to the Tigers a month later. She also considered the College of Charleston and Western Carolina.
“Everyone said when I was looking at schools that things would click,” she said. “Everything clicked with Clemson.”
Moses is coming off a banner junior season in track. She captured Big North Conference and regional titles in the 800 and 1600. A 2:17 in the 800 moved her into fourth on the school’s all-time Top 10 list. In addition, she clocked the third fastest time in school history in the 1600 at 5:00.90.
“She has incredible natural speed and power,” her high school coach Lisa Taylor said. “I think she will really excel at the 800 and 1500 in college.”
Moses was primarily an 800 runner her sophomore season, but picked up the 1600 as a junior.
“I was not a mile runner at all,” she said. “I ran it a couple times my sophomore year, and then as a junior I started to run it more and more and my times kept dropping. I thought, ‘Hmm, this might be my event.’
“When I talked to coach Elliott he said they have a lot of girls running the 800 next year and that they needed more mile runners.”
Clemson was the only school that Moses visited. She also heard from Michigan State.
“But I planned on going down south,” she said. “I knew my family was going to be down there and that made it (decision) easier.”
Moses, who just turned 18, ran her 5:00.90 in the 1600 at the Record-Eagle Honor Roll meet. She’s the anchor on the 1600- and 3200-meter relays. The 3200 relay won a regional title last May.
“Katie is one of those rare athletes with a killer instinct when it comes to winning,” Taylor said “She has been one of most valuable anchor athletes in the history of the program.
“She’s got both the physical and mental qualities to go really far with her running; she’s strong, and she embraces competition. It’s fun to watch her race on the track, because you can see her determination and confidence.”