Name: Nikki Kerns
High school: Altoona Area
Sport: Track and field
Position: 100, 300 hurdles, high jump and 1600 relay
College choice: Johns Hopkins
Other colleges considered: Lehigh, Lafayette, Bucknell and Pitt
Why I picked Johns Hopkins: "I plan on going to med school so of course I want to go to Johns Hopkins.''
Greatest high school achievement: "Finishing in the top 10 of my class.''
Coach Steve Rhodes' quote: "Nikki learned very early how to balance her academic responsibilities with her athletic commitments. Her work ethic, both in the classroom and on the track, will serve her well. She will definitely make contributions to their program next year, and I have no doubt that her career there will be as successful as her past four years here at Altoona.''
How I got my start running track and field: "Everyone in junior high ran track so I ran track too.''
Favorite college growing up: Penn State
Other interests: Lifting, reading, hanging out with friends
What getting to compete in college means to me: "I'm really excited about it, but I know that academics is the most important thing.''
Probable college major: Bio-chemistry
Parents: Lori and Ben Piper