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English, Science Combined With Double Sport for Scholar Athlete
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Called by her coach the best girl athlete he has ever seen come through Riverbank High School, hurdler and pole vaulter Kasey Wool also excels in both English and science classes, ranks eighth in the senior class and will go to college with plans of becoming a criminal investigator.

Among the girls, she is rated Scholar Athlete of the Year by both Riverbank High School and the Trans Valley League.

"She's a very talented athlete, works hard in and out of season and is dedicated to making herself better," said her vaulting and hurdling coach Monte Wood. "She does such a lot of different things, the pole vault, hurdling, the 100 yards dash, the 4x4 relay. She's even tried the long jump. And she rides horses and enjoys barrel racing too."

At the latest report, Wool led the pole vaulting in the Div. III Section Championships, was fourth in the 100 meter hurdles and sixth in the 300 hurdles.

Athletics Director Karen Adams paid tribute to Wool's grit and determination on the track.

"The first time I saw Kasey run, she was a freshman doing hurdles," said Adams. "She hit every one, fell heavily and scraped her knees. She got up and tried again and again. Now she holds the school's 300 hurdles record. She has more heart than any athlete I know."

On the academic side, Wool has an overall grade point average of 3.65, enjoys both English and science classes and likes to read and write.

"In the seventh and eighth grade, I used to write stories," she said. "I don't have the time now. But I still read a lot. I like fiction, mysteries and detective stories."

She also is involved with RHS student government, is president of the leadership class and rally commissioner, leading lunchtime activities and helping organize dances.

"She's in my leadership class," said teacher Christina Allen. "It's nice to know a girl who does such a great job in both her athletics and academic worlds."

Wool has been accepted by Arizona State college, but wants to go to Point Loma Nazarene, a Christian college located near San Diego. She currently attends St. Peter Lutheran Church in Modesto.

"A very fine, committed young lady and well rounded," commented teacher Jerry DeYoung. "She's involved in so much, 4-H activities, student government, AP classes and in track. She's highly regarded and respected for her Christian commitment and scholarship."

The daughter of Jack and Barbara Wool, she is the youngest of six children and the only one still living at home. Her father is a substitute teacher and her mother a rural mail carrier.

The Wools live in the country on the edge of Modesto and have animals, lots of them.

"I ride horses, have done ever since I can remember,'' said Kasey Wool. "My horse is named Buddy. I belong to the Stanislaus County Equestrian Color Guard and do barrel racing as well.

"At home I have two Rottweilers and a German Shepherd dog. Besides horses, we have chickens and cows. I show cows in 4-H."

News Editor John Branch may be contacted at 847-3021 or