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YSU adds Valley athlete

Canfield two-sport star Kohout to run track, cross country

Submitted photo Canfield’s Camryn Kohout has signed to run cross country and track and field at Youngstown State.

Camryn Kohout had a decision to make heading into this spring.

She didn’t get to see what might have been in the senior season of her track and field career at Canfield High School. The Cardinals’ middle-distance runner had a chance to have a strong season, but the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out high school spring sports across the nation.

Kohout was part of Canfield’s Division I state-qualifying 4×800-meter relay team as a freshman. She led a distance relay to the regional in 2018, but didn’t make state.

Kohout ran her fastest time in the 800-meter run this indoor season at 2:29.10.

She’ll take her talents to Youngstown State University next season for cross country and track and field.

“It is a huge accomplishment to earn a Division 1 college scholarship and compete at the highest level,” Canfield track and field coach Nick Wagner said. “Camryn was an intricate part of the state qualifying 4×800 team during her freshman year. Throughout her career at Canfield High School, Camryn was a leader on the track and one that underclassman looked up to for guidance.

“YSU is getting an elite distance runner that can be relied on both on the track and in the classroom. I look forward to watching her continue her career at YSU.”

Kohout was accepted into the honors program in criminal justice and psychology studies.

“I chose YSU because it felt right,” she said. “I felt like I was where I was supposed to be, and the academic major that I plan on going into was clearly provided at YSU with many great resources. YSU has one of the most amazing teams and coaching staff and outstanding facilities. I knew that with all of this in mind, I would be taken care of.

“YSU isn’t too far from home, allowing my family to have an active part in seeing me and my team race, while also allowing me to be with my family when it is needed.”

Kohout had opportunities to play soccer at the next level. She helped the Cardinals win two district championships.

“They are very lucky to have such a tremendous young lady,” Canfield girls soccer coach Phil Simone said. “On the field, Camryn was outstanding for the Canfield High School soccer program with her skill level, her stamina and her speed as a left defensive back. Camryn was a four-year letter winner for the soccer program and an integral part of the success to our program.

“Off the field, Camryn is kind, caring and an exceptional leader.”

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