Former Huntingtown High School star Shania Collins, who was entering her final year of college eligibility at the University of Tennessee, has moved onto the next chapter of her track career in turning pro and signing a contract with adidas.
Collins had achieved quite a list of accolades in high school including winning a New Balance Nationals Indoor title in the 200 and being named the Washington Post All-Met track & field athlete of the year. She won numerous state titles while at Huntingtown and had high school bests of 6.94 in the 55, 11.80 in the 100, 23.81 in the 200, and 38.47 in the 300.
She continued to develop in Knoxville running for the Lady Vols. She capped off her collegiate career making the finals and earning All-American honors this past June at NCAA Outdoor Championships in both the 100 and 200 meter dash. Collins broke 11 seconds in the 100 meter dash this spring and was the SEC conference runner-up.
However, the race that may have really put her on the map to help her earn her pro deal with adidas came at the NCAA East Regional in Tampa this past May. Collins clocked the fastest all-conditions women's 200 meter dash time in NCAA history at 21.97. Albeit, the performance was heavily wind-aided at -5.3 reading due to a tropical storm rolling thru the Tampa area.
Collins competed at the USATF Outdoor Championships following NCAA's and made the finals in both the 100 and 200 meter dash against the top professionals currently in the country. She placed 4th in the 200 finals and 7th in the 100 finals at USA's.
In becoming an adidas sponsored athlete, Collins joins a growing young crew of past DMV area high school stars who have turned pro including Drew Hunter and the Lyles brothers, Noah and Josephus.