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Cullowhee, N.C. – Western Carolina track and field head coach Jesse Norman announced the addition of 11 student-athletes to the program for the 2019-20 indoor and 2020 outdoor season. The signees will compete in pole vault, multi events, sprints, and distance. Western Carolina’s indoor and outdoor track and field schedules will be announced later in the fall.

Women’s Signees

Norman’s thoughts on the signing class: “While the women’s class is much smaller than we would have liked this year, I feel that we got some great talent that will be able to come in and score points in their respective events immediately. We’re excited to develop this group and lay the foundation for the women’s program to get to the level of dominance that the men’s team has recently experienced.”

 

Lauryn Dougherty (Sarasota, Fla. - Sarasota Riverview HS)

Events/Personal Best - Pole Vault:  11-3.75

Coach Notes: “Lauryn comes from the state of Florida and will hopefully help us open a pipeline into that talent-rich state. She’s another vaulter that, with the right development, could develop into a top tier talent within the SoCon. Her addition, along with our returners and Sami (Eberhard), will give our female vault program some major competition to the other schools within the conference.”

 

Sami Eberhard (Matthews, N.C.- Weddington HS)

Events/Personal Best - Pole Vault:  11-6

Coach Notes: “Sami is someone that fell in love with WCU from the beginning and is the type of person and teammate that we are looking to bring to Cullowhee. The fact that she is a great pole vaulter is also very exciting. We feel that with the right development she can become one of the premier vaulters within the SoCon.”

 

Mekyll Robinson (Charlotte, N.C.- West Mecklenburg HS)

Events/Personal Best - 100m: 12.04, 200m:  24.34, 400m:  55.95

Coach Notes: “I’m incredibly excited about having Mekyll joining the Cat’s this year. She has the makings of being an incredible sprinter for us as our staff looks to bolster the sprints program here at WCU. We feel that Mekyll is the start of WCU becoming as dominant in the women sprints as we currently are on the men’s side.”

 

Men’s Signees

Norman’s thoughts on the signing class: “This is a great class for the men’s program here at WCU.  Assistant coach Derrick Atkins did a great job of bolstering the long sprints program with this incoming class. We feel that this group of student-athletes is passionate about WCU and helping to continue the recent dominance our men’s program has experienced.”

 

Fletcher Bost (Winterville, N.C - South Central HS)

Events/Personal Best - 1600m: 4:33.65, 3200m:  9:49.10, 5k: 16:26.03

Coach Notes: “Fletcher comes to us from the eastern part of the state and was someone that immediately fell in love with WCU on his visit. We feel that he will develop into a solid contributor for the cross country program, which will hopefully carry over into helping us score points in the distance races at the conference level.”

 

Logan Engeseth (Kennesaw, Ga. - Indiana Tech/Harrison HS)

Events/Personal Best - 400m: 50.60

Coach Notes: “Logan comes to WCU as a transfer and will help bring some collegiate experience to our incoming class. He will add depth to our long sprint group and help push everyone to get better.” 

 

Justin Fuchs (Kernersville, N.C. - Northwest Guilford HS)

Events/Personal Best - Long Jump:  22-0, Triple Jump:  44-7.75

Coach Notes: “Justin is coming into the best jumps group within the SoCon which will be a great benefit as he learns from some of the best in the conference. The coaching staff feel as though he has the potential to develop into another top jumper in the conference and help WCU carry on the tradition of being a part of a great jump program.”

 

Michael Harris (Simpsonville, S.C. - IMG Academy)

Events/Personal Best - 200m – 21.72, 400m – 49.28

Coach Notes: “Michael’s speed in the 200m will make him a great addition to our long sprints program. We feel that his upside in both the 200m and 400m is incredible and we’re looking forward to developing him into one of the top sprinters within the SoCon.” 

 

Chesley Kinney (Gainesville, Ga. - North Hall HS)

Events/Personal Best - Decathlon – 5,284 points, Javelin:  154-3

Coach Notes: “Chesley was someone that was highly interested in WCU from the beginning with the new staff. He has been incredibly excited about joining the program and is motivated to help us continue winning championships. Having decathlon and javelin experience will be of huge benefit as he makes the transition to the college implements and should hopefully help him score points at the conference level his freshman year.”

 

Jevon Leonard (Atlanta, Ga. - Douglas County HS)

Events/Personal Best - 200m – 22.65, 400m – 49.18

Coach Notes: “Jevon is a great multi-faceted pickup for the staff here at WCU. He has experience in a lot of events, focusing in high school on the 200m – 800m races. Depending on how he develops and takes to the training, we could see him being successful in a multitude of events and having a unique range of scoring ability.”

 

David Miles (Burlington, N.C. - Walter Williams HS)

Events/Personal Best - 200m – 22.16, 400m – 49.23

Coach Notes: “David comes to WCU from the central part of the state and will continue to bolster the long sprint depth that WCU has been known for. We’re excited to see how he progresses and helps his fellow freshman and upperclassmen reach for new athletic heights.”

 

Clay Summers (Advance, N.C. - Davie County HS)

Events/Personal Best - 1600m – 4:25.49, 3200m – 9:47.57, 5k – 16:18.30

Coach Notes: “Clay was the first recruit to be on campus when the new staff came on board.  From the beginning, he has been passionate about becoming a Catamount. He had a breakthrough winter and spring season which we feel will benefit him greatly as he makes the transition to the college distance races. We believe he has the ability and drive to become a scoring factor within the SoCon in the coming years and are excited to see his development.”

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