When Carly Terp visited the campus of Mississippi State this past fall, she knew it suited her.
So when the Bulldogs offered her an academic and athletic scholarship, there wasn’t much of a decision to be made.
Surrounded by family, friends, and teammates, the Two Rivers senior runner signed her National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, making her commitment to Mississippi State’s cross country program official.
“I was looking for a team that had good people on it, had a good coach, and the people were going to take care of me as a runner and as a person,” Terp said. “When I went for my visit there, that’s exactly what I saw at Mississippi State.”
“Right when they made the offer I gave them a verbal commitment because I knew I’d be happy there.”
The Bulldogs claimed team titles at the Memphis Twilight and Charlotte Invitational this season finished 10th at the Southeastern Conference championships in November.
Terp capped her season with a eighth-place finish at the WIAA Division 2 state meet. She also helped her team finish third in D2.
There is no question that Terp has enjoyed a good deal of success in her prep career, however her many triumphs have been the result of dedication and discipline.
“It’s a lot of hard work, what I’ve had to do the past four years in high school to get me where I am now, where I’ll be next year, but it was definitely worth it,” Terp said. “I know it’s going to be a great experience being there next year and I’m looking forward to it.”
During her time running for the Raiders, Terp has formulated her own recipe for success.
“I’ve learned that you have to stay totally committed to what you have to do to get where you want to” go,” Terp said. “For me, I’m going to have to stay committed next year, again and keep doing what I’m doing now.”
Two Rivers head girls cross country coach Amy Gallagher speaks glowing of Terp’s level of dedication.
“It’s an honor obviously for me to have been part of it and to have coached her along the way,” Gallagher said. “I think it’s more of an honor to have been next to someone who has worked so hard and been willing to put in the time and effort that it takes. I couldn’t be happier for her. The work has paid off and she deserves it.”
When autumn rolls around, it will bring with it a new set of challenges for Terp to conquer. She embraces the opportunity to test herself.
“I’m looking forward to the competition down there. It’s going to be different,” Terp said. “College is a completely different story, especially running Division I. I’m very excited to see what happens.”