During her time in the Plainview track and cross country programs, Rebecca Warden only knew two things. Winning, and working hard.

During her time in the Plainview track and cross country programs, Rebecca Warden only knew two things. Winning, and working hard.

Wednesday afternoon, both of those traits led her to perhaps her biggest accomplishment yet, becoming a college bound athlete.

In front of her friends, family and Plainview legend Jerry Naylor, Warden officially put pen to paper on her National Letter of Intent to run track and Cross Country for Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma as a member of the Crimson Storm.

Entering the 2018 track season, SNU holds a total of 22 men’s and women’s individual national championships, along with 82 men’s and women’s All-Americans. 

Meanwhile, the Crimson Storm cross country program holds three conference titles and two regional titles along with having produced four All-Americans since being founded in 1994. 

Warden will be following in the footsteps of several former Plainview track standouts who have competed for Southern Nazarene, including CJ Hornback. 

Before she made her college decision official, coach Naylor shared some heartfelt words about his state champion athlete.

“Rebecca has been apart of our program for a long time, and worked very hard for us,” he said. “It’s always special as a coach when you see one of your own get the chance to go somewhere and compete like this. She’s been a great asset to this program in cross country and track, and we wouldn’t have been nearly as successful as we have been if it hadn’t been for her hard work.”

For Warden, the day was just as special as it was bittersweet.

“I feel excited, and kind of scared at the same time,” she said moments after her ceremony. “I like the track program Southern Nazarene has, but at the same time I like their medical program as well. It’s about looking forward to the future as well as focusing on track for me.”

“This entire year I’ve been reflecting on my time here at Plainview,” Warden added. “Coach (Jerry) Naylor started off as a man who intimidated me, but now he’s more of a grandparent figure for me. If he tells me to do something I’m going to make sure I do it to the best of my abilities. I love him and I’m going to miss him.”

Warden plans on majoring in biology while attending Southern Nazarene University.