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Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2019 11:36 pm

When Hanna senior high jumper Natalie Arnold readies for her first official jump of the 2019 track and field season, she will do so knowing her future as a Division I athlete is all set.

Surrounded by coaches and parents, Arnold inked her national letter of intent to jump for the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in a ceremony Wednesday afternoon at Hanna High School.

“This day has had such a big impact on my life,” the Hanna senior said. “It’s a stress reliever knowing what college I’m going to go to. I honestly feel just ecstatic about everything. I want to thank my coaches and my parents, who supported me in everything that I do; I wouldn’t be here without them.”

The decision to attend Little Rock was not an easy one for Arnold, who had options when it came to furthering her athletic career.

Her decision would ultimately come down to more than athletics.

“I had universities interested in me out of state also, but my mom and I toured the University of Arkansas,” Arnold said. “We met with the coaches and the faculty there. The nursing program was ultimately the big decision in choosing this university. I intend to obtain my bachelor’s of science and nursing. After meeting with the coaches and the athletes and everything, I honestly felt comfortable with the university itself and everything that it offered.”

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