Carolyn Gravelle, one of the first recipients of the Keith Gilbertson Sr. Memorial Scholarship at Snohomish High School, Â has made a quick impression as a freshman walk-on hammer and weight thrower for the University of Washington track team.
The 2012 SHS co-valedictorian received an academic scholarship from Washington and was also one of the first two recipients of the Gilby Scholarship, administered by the Snohomish Education Foundation. The annual scholarship Â awards $1,000 Â to a pair of graduating SHS seniors and is renewable for up to four years of college study.
A track and basketball standout in high school and a pre-med major at Washington, Gravelle is one of four freshmen among seven women throwers for the Huskies, andÂ UW throwers coach T.J. Crater sees her as a potential star, based on her current progress and workout ethic.
“She could move up the UW record books in the weight and hammer very fast,” Crater says in a UW season preview article at Â GoHuskies.com. “I think she could be the surprise of the group, and someone we could be smiling about very soon.”
In her first college meet, Â Gravelle finished 13th in the top flight of Â the shot put (34 feet, 10 1/2 inches) and 12th in the weight throw (41-2 3/4) Â as the Huskies opened their indoor season at the UW Invitational.
Carolyn and her mother, Sarah Gravelle, were both on hand a week ago for the dedication of the Keith Gilbertson Sr. bust Â in the foyer outside the SHS gym. Gilbertson spent 61 years as a Snohomish coach prior to his death in 2011 and was a volunteer assistant coach in girls basketball through Carolyn’s junior season.
“Carolyn is working hard,” Sarah Gravelle said. “I know Coach Gilby would be thrilled for her progress.”