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Aubryn Samaroo high jumps during the Division 1 track and fi eld state championship meet at East Kentwood High School. photo by Dana Kaiser.

July 04, 2013
Grosse Pointe South graduate Aubyrn Samaroo is ready for the next chapter in her life, college.

The 18-year-old Grosse Pointe Farms resident graduated, with honors and an amazing 4.5 grade point average.

On the athletic field, Samaroo set a school record in the high jump, clearing 5-feet, 7-inches, in the Blue Devils' meet against arch-rival Grosse Pointe North.

"Setting the school record against none other than Grosse Pointe North was something special," Samaroo said. "It's a great accomplishment and one I worked hard to achieve and to do it against our rival makes it a little more special."

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Samaroo took her school record to the Division 1 state championship meet where she earned All-State honors, finishing fourth with a mark of 5-feet, 5-inches. Kerri McMahon of Novi won the title at 5-feet, 6-inches.

However, her fourth-place point total helped South win an unprecedented third consecutive state championship.

"Winning another state title was great," Samaroo said. "It was nice to hear other competitors say, 'She is from Grosse Pointe South.' It was fun for our team to get so much attention."

She also qualified for the state finals in the shot put and discus, but head coach Steve Zaranek had her concentrate on the high jump and forgo her other events.

"I tried my best and I was able to earn all-state in the high jump, which was a great way to end my high school career," Samaroo said. "Winning the state title was and helping the team was an amazing feeling.

"I'm going to miss each and every teammate and my coaches. We had a great bond."

"Aubryn Samaroo is one of most complete student-athletes I have ever known," said South's track and field girls' head coach Steve Zaranek. "Aubryn is a highly intelligent young woman who truly loves the process in mastering anything she attempts. In addition to being an incredible scholar-athlete, Aubryn is a superb team leader and was instrumental in helping lead our team to our three consecutive state championships.

"I will deeply miss Aubryn next year. At the same time, I know she is ready for the next level. She will excel at Brown both in the classroom and on the track. It was an honor to be part of the program with this young lady."

Every school in the Ivy League, as well as some Big Ten programs, recruited Samaroo. After giving it plenty of thought, she chose to attend the school her sister, Jasmyn, recently graduated from, Brown University.

Tim Springfield is the Brown Bears' head coach, and Samaroo's summer workouts have begun.

"My coaches want me to do the heptathlon, so I will give it a try and see what happens," Samaroo said. "I'm starting to train for it already, so my summer workouts are tough, but fun."

The heptathlon consists of the 200- and 800-meter runs, 100-meter hurdles, shot put, javelin throw, high jump and long jump.

The 6-foot tall Samaroo enjoyed a ton of success in track and field at South and now she is ready for the collegiate level as she competes against Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale.

She began the year diving and placed 19th in the Division 2 state championship meet, earning 234.95 points.

Samaroo made it a perfect 3-for-3 in the state finals. She participated in the balance beam in the Division 2 state championship meet, posting a score of 7.525. She also scored a 9.125 on the floor exercise to place 11th.

Gymnastics is the sport she started when she was just 4 years old. She performed well during her high school career.

"I liked gymnastics and I had a lot of fun with the team in high school, and I liked the challenge of diving," Samaroo said. "However, track and field is the sport I enjoy the best and now I get to compete at the college level against very good competition.

"I'm going to work very hard to achieve my goals, like clearing 5-feet, 9-inches my freshman year and go for 6-feet by the time I finish college."

She understands the rigors of being a student-athlete. The tough schedule she maintained throughout her four years of high school helped her focus. She aced 11 advanced placement courses, including one of the toughest high school classes, AP physics.

This solid work ethic will help her earn a good grade point average at the illustrious college in Providence, RI.

She will earn an undergraduate degree before applying for law school.

In 10 years, Samaroo said she plans to be practicing law in bioethics or maybe medical malpractice.

Samaroo gets to enjoy the summer and relax before leaving Aug. 31 for Brown. After she settles into her dorm, classes begin the following week.

"I will miss my family and friends, but I know I will make many new friends in this new chapter of my life," Samaroo said.

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