WHEAT RIDGE, Colo. (CBS4) – This is that time of year when things start to wind down for high school senior athletes as the schedule opens up a bit — unless your name is Annie Kunz.
Kunz is busy preparing for graduation, the state high school soccer tournament, and the state track and field championships. The Wheat Ridge senior happens to be a Jack of all trades — and a master of all trades.
Kunz is a nationally-renowned soccer player.
“She’s animal. That’s the thing, she not just this tall, lanky girl who runs around. I mean she goes out to compete, she uses her body, and she can make things happen,” Wheat Ridge soccer coach Dan Watkins said.
Kunz is also a top flight track and field athlete.
“One-hundred hurdles, 300 hurdles, high jump, triple jump, long jump; and I get thrown in relays every once in a while,” Kunz said.
She’s also a 4.0 student in the classroom.
“I’m definitely very busy, but I don’t know what it’s like not to be busy,” she said.
Kunz was featured in Sports Illustrated this week as one of the “Faces in the Crowd.” And she’s not just a pretty face. One the soccer field she’s always been bigger, faster and stronger. She scores goals in bunches and hopes to lead Wheat Ridge to a third straight state title.
Watkins thinks some day she could be playing for America in the World Cup.
“Without a question, in my opinion. I think those extra pieces — the soccer stuff is there — but the size and the speed; that’s something you can’t develop; and that’s already there, so I think that’s going to open some doors,” Watkins said.
Last year, at 17 years old, Kunz was invited to train with the national team.
“I was a little nervous when I got there. I don’t think I played as well as I could have, but hopefully I’ll get another chance,” Kunz said.
One the track, Kunz is favored to win state titles in the hurdles, the long jump and the high jump. She hopes to high jump 5-foot-9.
High school soccer and track take place at the same time.
“I’ve gone to a meet and done high jump and hurdles and then I’ll go straight to a 6 p.m. game,” she said. “This season we’ve had a lot of 4 p.m. games, so I’ve had to choose soccer over track.”
Sports has always been part of the Kunz family. Her father played football for the University of Colorado and spent some time with the Oakland Raiders.
The next hurdle for Kunz is college. She’s heading to Texas A&M, where, of course, she’ll run track and play soccer.