“It was a three-week thing. I had to come to school and [athletic director Chauncey Carrick], he was like, ‘I’m going to do this for you. I have to call in a favor with someone, but we’re going to get this done so you can be in the next meet’ like that … Saturday or Friday, like ‘We’re going to do this for you’ and it was like a three-day thing. It was really hectic, and I had to get a paper signed and he had to do something, and it was like I might not compete that Saturday, but we got it done.”
When Austin arrived, Carrick estimated that he had filed a concurrence transfer form with the IHSA within two days of her being in Sycamore, and within 10 days had an eligibility form sent to and returned from the IHSA. Austin was approved to compete in the indoor season within two weeks of her arrival in Illinois.
Austin already had competed at a state-championship level when her family lived in North Dakota as a freshman and sophomore.
The step up in competition was apparent when she competed in events this spring for the Spartans.
After setting a season-best height of 11 feet, 1 inch in the pole vault at the Class 2A Rochelle Sectional, Austin eclipsed 10-6 to qualify for the state finals, but bowed out without placing.