Watts announces 26 signees to ETSU Track & Field program
Watts announces 26 signees to ETSU Track & Field program
Thursday, October 29, 2015

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - (October 29, 2015) – With the indoor season quickly approaching ETSU Director of Track & Field George Watts announced 26 new student-athletes to the squad on Thursday.

“I am very pleased and excited about the 26 new athletes added to our program,” said Watts. “I feel we achieved most if not all of our goals and we welcome our newest Bucs to ETSU and Johnson City.”

Over half of the class features athletes from close to home as 54 percent (14 of 26) are from Tennessee. The athletes also hail from Georgia, Maryland and South Carolina. The 2015-16 class also features four transfers from Ohio State, Austin Peay, Southern University and UNC-Asheville.

“All in all it’s a very fine group of young women and men and there will be high expectations for them in the classroom and on the track and in the field,” said Watts.

Women:
Katrina Seymour (Bahamas) (Sprints)
Kyra Atkins (Greenville, S.C.) (Hurdles)
Jessica Dunker (Hurdles)
Jazmin Lacy (Southern University) (Hurdles)
Rylee Thompson (Austin Peay) (Hurdles)
Allison Wilson (Rogersville, Tenn.) (Hurdles)
Kiana Davis (Ooltewah, Tenn.) (Sprints)
Emily Armstrong (Mount Carmel, Tenn.) (Sprints)
Starr Graham (Alpharetta, Ga.) (Sprints)
Nyambi Shoates (Atlanta, Ga.) (Sprints)
Sahara Fletcher (Ohio State) (Distance)
Emani Jenkins (Distance)
Rebekah Fox (Franklin, Tenn.) (High Jump)
Keegan Van Wert (Gaithersburg, Md.) (Pole Vault)

“Our primary recruiting goal for the women over the last two years has been to increase the size and quality of the team by focusing on the areas of sprints/hurdles, jumps and middle distance and distance,” said Watts.

Men:
Skyler “David” Winchester (UNC Asheville) (Distance)
James Garst (Jonesborough, Tenn.) (Distance)
Zack Summerall (Distance)
Nick Horne (Distance)
Michael Callari (Sprints)
Khiry Halim (Horizontal/Vertical Jumps)
Yohana Koko (Horizontal/Vertical Jumps)
Ben McCay (Pole Vault)
Sage Murphy (Pole Vault)
Jordan Scott (Horizontal/Vertical Jumps)
Connor Bailey (Sprints)
Tyler Houston (Hurdles)

“With our men’s team there will be greater emphasis put on the middle distance group with an eye towards building a national caliber cross country program,” said Watts. “We’ve brought in a very talented group that I believe will be very productive over the next four years.”

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