Three Kaiser High School athletes signed letters of intent on Feb. 6.  Football player Christian Hunter accepted a scholarship to Colorado State University, while softball player Darlene Gutierrez (left) signed with University of Massachusetts Lowell and softball player Natalia Cerpa signed with University of Saint Katherine in San Marcos.

After achieving tremendous individual and team accomplishments in his senior season at Kaiser High School, Christian Hunter has been rewarded with a big prize on Feb. 6: a scholarship to Colorado State University, a Pac-12 school.

Hunter, who was the No. 1 prep runner in the state while leading the Kaiser football team to the CIF Division 8 championship, officially signed his letter of intent during a ceremony in the Cats' gymnasium.

Hunter said the process of choosing the best school has come to a satisfactory conclusion.

"I'm extremely happy," Hunter said. "This has been a very life-changing experience. I've been focusing on what factors I should consider, and I believe overall this is going to be the right college for me."

Hunter said he is looking forward to being very challenged, both athletically and academically. He said he is going to work hard in the weight room to prepare himself, and his goal is to be the "fastest runner on the field" at Colorado State.

"I believe that I have a strong chance of starting as a freshman, which I'm extremely happy about," he said.

He smashed the record books in 2018, piling up 3,839 yards and rushing for 55 touchdowns as the Cats finished with a 14-2 record and a second-place finish in the state.

Hunter said he and his teammates had been "riding the wave" of success after stumbling in 2016.

"In my sophomore year, we were 3-7-1 and were at our lowest point. But this year we made it to state, and I'm extremely honored that my team made history, just like me," he said.

Hunter, who has a weighted 4.1 grade point average, will be majoring in graphic design in college.

----- ALSO ON FEB. 6, two softball players at Kaiser accepted college scholarships.

Darlene Gutierrez, a catcher, signed a letter of intent to play at University of Massachusetts Lowell.

"I've had a beautiful four years here at Kaiser; I loved it," she said. "Now I'm excited about playing against some great college athletes."

Gutierrez, who has a 3.7 GPA, will major in business administration.

Natalia Cerpa, a shortstop, signed a letter of intent to play at University of Saint Katherine in San Marcos.

"It's a smaller setting, and I feel like that is better for me," she said. "I think my years here at Kaiser have gone well. I have accomplished many things on and off the field."

Cerpa, who has a 3.6 GPA, is considering the possibility of majoring in criminal justice.

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