Cherico signs with Razorbacks for powerlifting, track and field

Ready for the next step.

Eventhough the track and field season was cancelled with the COVID-19 pandemic, Deerfield High School’s Griffin Cherico has had a busy spring.

Cherico is the valedictorian for her Class of 2020, and graduated from Garden City Community College with an Associate of Science degree.

To top off her spring, she also signed with the University of Arkansas for powerlifting, as well as track and field.

“UA was my first choice because it is the right fit for me,” Cherico said. “It is close to family and they gave the best offer compared to the rest of the offers I had.”

Coming from a Class 1A high school in southwest Kansas, getting exposure to college programs, let alone a Division I program, can be difficult. It was word-of-mouth the helped Cherico.

She said she was at a powerlifting meet and had a different coach ask if she would be interested in lifting in college. Shortly after that, she heard from the Arkansas coach to be recruited for powerlifting at UA. The coach found out that she also did track and field and things fell in place from there.

Cherico will be doing throwing events in college, where her favorites are the shot putt and the hammer throw.

She said she was introduced to powerlifting when she was in middle school.

“My mom was a powerlifter when she was in high school and college, so she ask me if I wanted to do it,” Cherico said. “I had my first meet when I was in middle school and have been lifting ever since.”

She said for powerlifting, she trains year round, as there are meets throughout the year, with many meets happening during the winter months. With track and field, meets are broken in to the indoor and outdoor seasons. Cherico said the two sports will compliment each other.

“To be a thrower, you need lots of strength, so doing both will benefit my performances,” she said.

She was involved in various sports and activities in high school for the Spartans, including track and field, powerlifting, trap shooting, scholars bowl, National Honor Society, Stuco, athletic training and Kansas Honors Scholars.

Cherico, the daughter of Sean and Karla Cherico, plans to major in sports psychology and minor in education.

“I’ve always been a fan of the Razorbacks,” she said. “When I took my visit, it was very welcoming and felt like I was really wanted there.”

Cherico said she doesn’t leave for school until August, but will probably go the campus for a few days in the summer to train and workout.