She helped set records at Fort Collins High School, now track and field standout Josephine Petruska is on her way to Montana State University to compete collegiately.
Petruska competed in the 200-meter dash, the 100, the 400 relay, the 800 relay and the long jump. In the two relays, Petruska helped break school records for the Lambkins.
For now, Petruska’ athletic portion of the first-year scholarship covers 78 percent of her education costs. Add to that Petruska’s academic scholarships, and she’s up to 85 percent. To top that off, if she improves slightly in any one of three events, Petruska won’t have to pay a penny.
Petruska’s top 200 time is 25.31. Her top 100 time is 12.32, and her best jump is 17 feet, 11 inches. If she hits 18 feet, or gets under 25 or 12 in the running events, Petruska will get a full ride. She said she doesn’t feel a ton of pressure.
“I’m just excited,” Petruska said. “I know if I work hard and believe in myself and listen to my coaches, I think I’m going to be OK.”
With the Bobcats, Petruska will focus on the same events she did in high school. She said she’s excited to leave Fort Collins and find new adventures, comparing Bozeman, Mont., to a smaller version of the town she’s lived in since she was 5 years old.
But it wasn’t just the small-town feel of the Montana State campus, it was its academic offerings that caught Petruska’s eye. She said she already knows what she wants to major in: agriculture and animal science.
Did that play a role in her choice to move north?
“Most definitely,” Petruska said. “That was the one reason I actually started contacting them. It just worked out in my favor, somehow, magically.”