Girard’s Smith, Cullen sign to Pittsburg State

Smith joins the PSU track and field team, while Cullen signs with Pitt State volleyball.

GIRARD, Kan. – Girard seniors Kinley Smith and Olivia Cullen signed on Wednesday afternoon to continue their careers in college – both signing with Pittsburg State.

Smith will join the track and field program at PSU.

“I’ve always known I wanted to do track. They have a really great track program at PSU. I was super excited to receive an offer,” Smith says, “Just going and seeing their campus and the facilities and everything pretty much solidified my decision. ”

She will compete in the triple jump for the Gorillas – an event in which she finished 6th last season at the state championships.

“The coaching staff at Pitt State was great. They answered all my questions, and that also helped me make my decision,” Smith adds, “Hopefully they’ll push me to do my best and I can improve a lot and help out the team. I’m super excited. I think it will push me and I’m excited to be a part of the Pitt State program.”

As for Cullen, she signed Wednesday to play volleyball at Pittsburg State.

“It just feels like home. It feels like a great place to go to school. I don’t know if it’s because I lived around here and that makes me like it more, but that’s a big factor,” Cullen says, “Nothing else felt right. It just felt like it’s where I needed to be.”

Cullen was a 1st-team All-CNC player for the Trojans this fall. She’ll now hit the floor for Jen Gomez and the Gorillas – a program that seems to be on the rise in the MIAA.

“I really like her coaching style and the way she handles her team,” Cullen says of Gomez, “I’ve been around the team a little bit. They’re all nice and welcoming, and I really like them a lot. I’m excited to join a program that’s on its way up. I’m excited to get in and see if I can contribute to that. I just want to improve in my first year and continue to get better throughout my career.”