After thinking about a couple different spots in Idaho and Oregon, Lowry High School senior Jovi Kuskie is headed to Caldwell, Idaho, and the College of Idaho to further her cross country and track career.
Kuskie signed her letter of intent this past Friday to make it official. She plans to study Exercise Science.
Despite not having a full team, Kuskie qualified for the state cross country championships during her four-year career as a Buckaroo.
As a freshman in 2018, she placed seventh in the state meet with a time of 20 minutes, 55 seconds.
In 2019, Kuskie took of 53 seconds off that time and placed second in the state championships to Spring Creek’s Kendra Lusk.
With a chance to win a state title in 2020, the season was all but wiped out due to the Covid pandemic. Cross country runners ran in the spring of 2021 in a shortened season but had no postseason.
The senior finally collected her state title in November 2021 on a cold and blustery day at Reed High School, as she beat out Moapa Valley’s Emma Humes in the final portion of the race.
Kuskie will have a familiar face on the College of Idaho roster next year, as Spring Creek’s Emma Campbell was on the team this season.
College of Idaho finished fifth in the NAIA National Champions in November.
In between winning the state championship in cross country and the 2022 track season, Kuskie added more hardware to her collection, a state basketball championship.
She helped the Lady Bucks to a 27-3 season and a 52-29 win over Spring Creek in the state championship in February in Las Vegas.
It was the first state title for the Lady Bucks since 2014.
Kuskie will also be running track at College of Idaho.
In her senior season at Lowry, she is attempting to qualify for the state championships in the 400 meters, 800 meters, 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters.
Currently, she has some of the quickest or near the top in the 3A in each of those events.
In the shortened 2021 season, Kuskie placed third in the 1,600 meters and was fourth in the 800 meters at the regional championships.
There were no state championships in the spring of 2021.
There was no regional or state championships is 2020 as well.
Kuskie should have a couple Spring Creek teammates on the track and field team as well.
There were no more Nevada athletes on the cross country or track and field team.