Van Wert High School senior Kirsten Clay recently signed her letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic career with the University of Cincinnati next fall. Surrounded by her parents and coaches, Kirsten committed to throwing shot put, discus, hammer, and weight for the Bearcat Track & Field program. Kirsten is the daughter of Robin and Brian Clay, and the sister of Austin Clay, who throws for Central Michigan University’s track and field program.
Kirsten has participated in track and field since seventh grade, earning three varsity letters and being named captain of the 2019 team. She won the 2019 Division II state championship in the discus throw (145-08) and took fifth place for Division II shot put that same year. She currently holds a variety of records in the discus throw including the school (145-08), stadium (140-10), county (137-05), and league (136-00) records.
Kirsten is a scholar athlete on the A/B Honor Roll. She was recently recognized for earning an Academic Award for her junior year. Kirsten participates in the Van Wert High School CEO (Career Education Opportunities) Program with Central Insurance Companies. She is active in student council, Beta club, and choir.