Richmond Hill High School’s Daryn Petitt came to the school’s cross country and track program in an unusual way.
A few years ago RHHS Head Coach Levi Sybert started calling students at random to see if they might have an interest in trying out for cross country.
“Daryn’s name was on a girls list of people who got an honor award; I think it was from maybe art class or something like that. I thought they had the name wrong I thought they had a boy on the girls list because it said Daryn. Anyway I called up, they (her family) were on vacation I think in California, dad answered the phone, I asked for Daryn. He was like ‘who is this?’ I was like ‘you don’t know me and I don’t know you, I don’t even know what you look like but I want to talk to your daughter,’” Sybert said.
That phone call from Sybert resulted in things happening Petitt didn’t expect.
“Before I started running I didn’t think that I would be doing any sports …so it is pretty cool,” she said.
The rest is history.
Petitt was the 2016 Class AAAAAA 800-meter champion, she finished second this year. Among her other accomplishments she was named the Savannah Morning News’ Female Cross Country Runner of the Year for 2016.
Earlier this week she signed a letter of intent to compete for the University of Delaware.
“I am really excited I went to the campus just recently and I really loved it. I met with the coach and everything and we seemed to get along really well. I am really excited it is everything I was looking for in a program,” she said.
Petitt, who plans to major in psychology, says she is feeling a range of emotions about moving on.
“I am nervous, I have pretty much all the emotions I could really feel; a little bit of sad too because it is new beginnings but I am looking forward to it,” she said.