Walton High School athlete Michaela Greer has committed to Columbia University where she will compete this fall as a Track & Field athlete. Michaela was a celebrated youth multi event athlete and currently holds four school records, two jointly. She would like to thank all of her Coaches from Youth T&F through High School that have made this day possible. Michaela is joined by her parents, Michael and Treva Greer, brother, Miles Greer, grandmothers, coaches and family friends. Standing from left to right: Christian Suttle / WHS Athletic Director, Scott Johnson / Youth & HS Hurdle Coach, Gary Butler, Donna Dunham / WHS Counselor, Phil Logan / Coach & Founder of The Perfect Timing Group, Rachel Bagby, Ossie Carter, Miles Greer, Jeri Parran, Dina Bagby / WHS Hurdle Coach, Travis Gower / WHS Head Coach, Rob Nichols / WHS Coach, Neil Young / Youth Coach & USATF Official, Judy McNeill / WHS Principal. Picture: Walter Pinion / Pinion Photography
Taylor Roeck of West Forsyth signs with Geeorgia College and State U
West Forsyth distance standout Taylor Roeck has signed a National Letter of Intent with Georgia College in Milledgeville, GA. School record holder in four events including an all-time PR of 18:42 for 5K cross country. She has lead two different teams to state appearances in cross country and one team to a fourth place finish her freshman year. In addition, she appeared in two state track and field meets, one of which the team placed tenth in the state! She is one of only two female athletes in school history to letter and qualify in her sports state meet all four years!
Winder-Barrow Distance Trio to Stay In-State and Compete
Amanda Cope (top) signed with Kennesaw State University for their cross country and track and field programs. Her twin brother Chris Cope (bottom) signed to run cross country at North Georgia Technical College. Josiah Bennett (middle) signed to run cross country at Young Harris College. Images by John Kelley
Tessa Patterson of Upson Lee to run Cross Country for ASU
Tessa Patterson, from Upson-Lee High School, has signed with Augusta State University Jaguars to run Cross Country and Track under the direction of distance coach Adam Ward. Tessa has broken several school records and placed in the top 20 at the AAAA State level the last three years in cross country, as well as, competing at state in track in the one mile. She will continue her academic excellence at ASU studying Exercise and Science. Seated from left to right are: Head XC coach Stephen Boyd, Tessa Patterson, XC coach/mother Sheila Patterson, Back row: Principal Tracey Caldwell, Superintendent Dr. Maggie Shook, Dr. Simmons, Head Track coach/father Steve Patterson, and Athletic Director Eddie Payne.
Megan Clark of Columbus HS is taking full ride to Duke University
Yes, that's Megan Clark, a recent transfer to Columbus HS. Megan is new to Georgia (from New York) this year. Her pole vault PR is 13-0 and her 100 meter hurdle PR is 14.89. So far this year, in indoor competition, she has vaulted 12-4 (at the Reno, NV Pole Vault Summit) and 12-0 at the Last Chance Invitational in Birmingham where she also ran a 9.44 in the 60 meter hurdles. Her parents (Ron and Simona) are in the picture taken during a ceremony at Columbus High School.
Torie Owers of Athens Academy Heads out west to Cal-Berkeley
Torie Owers of Athens Acadmey has decided to continue her career at California-Berkeley. Owers is one of the best Throwers of all-time in Georgia HS history as she ranks #2(#1 in GHSA) in the Shot at 49-6.25 and #2 in the Discus with a toss of 154-8. She does have a personal best in the Shot at 50-2 and has expanded her craft working with Throw1deep in the Hammer Throw (154-0.75) and Weight Throw (52-9.75) With marks like these she is the favorite to repeat in both the Discus and Shot as state champion. Seated L to R: Dr Alison Alexander (mom), Torie, Dr James Owers
Standing: Kevin Petroski (AD), Richard Patterson (Throws Coach), Tom Pee (Head Coach), Bryan Pulliam (Strength and Conditioning Coach)
Athens Christian Standout Mary Echols Inks with Liberty College to Compete in the Hurdles
Echols has been a big part of the Lady Eagles 2010 and 2011 success in capturing back to back State Track titles. Mary has consistently been at the top of Class A in both Hurdles events as she was State champion in the 300h in 2009 and 2010 with and 2nd in the 100h in 2009, 3rd in 2010 and 2011. Her pr's are 14.71 and 44.54. Echols has also contributed in the Pole Vault clearing 8-00, has a Long Jump of 16-2 and a 5K best during Cross Country of 20:21.00 and has anchored the 4 x 400 squads to gold medals in Albany in 2010 and 2011. Pictured above are Mary sitting with her parents and standing is Head Coach Tim Cummings and Hurdles coach Mike Fowler.
Northside Columbus Runners Decide on Columbus State University
Katie Howard (left) and Kayla Parsons (right) have chosen to run near home signing with Columbus State University. Both runners have been All Bi-City First team multiple years in the Columbus, GA area. Both have been Region medalists 3 times in class 3A or class 4A. Howard holds the Northside school record at 5K and Parsons holds the Northside school records at 1600M and 3200M.
Danielle Jarnigan of Brookwood heads down I-75 South to VSU
Danielle Jarnigan just signed onto Valdosta State's Cross Country Team coached by Todd Smoot. The people in the photo are: Barbara Jarnagin, Sean Jarnagin, Sean Jarnagin Jr, Wes Jarnagin, Collin Jarnagin, and Danielle Jarnagin
Trinity Christian's Sarah Howard will Throw for the UNC Tar Heels
Trinity Christian's Sarah Howard will continue her throwing career at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the three time AAA GISA state champion and the record holder in the shot put and discus. She is also on the Georgia All-Time list in both events.
Molly Schenck has signed with the University of Georgia Bulldogs to run Cross Country and Track
Molly Schenck has signed with the University of Georgia Bulldogs to run Cross Country and Track under the guidance of distance coach Jeff Pigg. Molly would like to thank her coaches Cathi Monk and Christine Dahlhauser for their guidance and support in her record setting and award filled four years at Pope High School. Molly will continue her academic excellence at UGA studying Pre-Dental or Genetics. Seated left to right are Jan Jeffords-Schenck, Molly, Mat Schenck, Back row Athletic Dir. Chris Jackson, coach Cathi Monk, Head XC coach Christine Dahlhauser, Head Track coach Jerad Johnson, and Asst. Principle Steven Craft.
Destiny Jenkins of Athens Christian Joins her older brother at Kennesaw State
Destiny Jenkins signed National Letter of Intent, Feb. 1, 2012 with Kennesaw State University. Destiny will be running XC and Track as a Freshman next school term at KSU. She will major in Biology and minor in Spanish. She and her brother are excited to be running together on the same team!
Devon Williams of Kell Commits to UGA
Devon Williams of Kell HS has committed to UGA. Devon is a nationally ranked 110 hurdler and decathlete. Last year was the 110H State Runner up and finished 3rd in the 300H. He finished second in the prestigious New Balance National Championship in the Decathlon, and won the Octathlon at the World Youth Trials. He is pictured here being congratulated by his sister Kendell.
Jessie Dotson of White County will continue her Running Career at Charleston Southern
Jessie Dotson has had a stellar high school career, with 8AAA region titles in the 3200M, 1600M, and XC. She also led her White County girls team to the state XC meet for the first time since 2006. She'll be running for the Division 1 Charleston Southern Lady Bucs as she pursues a degree in psychology. Seated: Father Chris Dotson, Jessie Dotson, Mother Heidi Dotson
Standing: XC Coach Sam Borg, Asst XC/Track Coach Korey Harkins
Levi Fangmann of White County High School signed to run XC for Truitt-McConnell College in Cleveland, GA.
Levi Fangmann qualified to state individually out of competitive 8AAA and led White County's boys to their first state meet appearance since 2006. Levi is a part of a strong recruiting class that Truitt has worked on and will provide depth to the Bears mens team. Levi looks forward to his Biblically centered education and plans to be a youth pastor. Sitting: Mother Shelly Fangmann, Levi Fangmann, Father Gary Fangmann
Standing: Truitt Asst XC Coach, XC/Track Coaches Heidi Dotson, Sam Borg, and Korey Harkins, Brother Joel Fangmann