She's an 11-time all-state track athlete and one of the most decorated track and field athletes in Southeast Missouri history.
And now Loren Groves, a senior at Scott City High School, has made it official that she will go to Kansas State University to continue her track and field career.
"I'm relieved to finally know where I'm going to college, and I know this is the right decision," said Groves, who signed a letter of intent with the school this week.
Groves has excelled in the discus, shot put, and 100 and 300 hurdles at Scott City. Groves likely will concentrate on the throwing events with the Wildcats, adding the hammer throw and weight throw to her discus and shot-put competitions.
After close calls her freshman and sophomore years, Groves finally picked up her first state titles last year. Groves set the state record in the discus and won the 100-meter hurdles. With the help of a second and a fourth added to her two titles, Groves single-handedly placed Scott City fourth in the team standings.
Groves said other schools that recruited her included Kansas, Arizona State, Missouri, Harvard, Princeton, Air Force Academy, University of Colorado and Southeast Missouri State University, with Colorado, Southeast and Kansas State her top three choices.
"It feels like my second home," she said of Kansas State.
With one more high school track season in front of her, Groves will look to add to her state title collection.
"I still have goals for this season," Groves said.