ASHEVILLE, N.C. - UNC Asheville track and field head coach Jesse Norman has announced the signing of seven incoming freshmen students to national letters-of-intent for the men's team.
"I am proud of the class we were able to sign this year at UNC Asheville," stated Norman. "I appreciate the hard work that the coaching staff did to help bolster our program. All of these individuals are highly motivated student-athletes that we believe will be a tremendous asset to our program in the future as they fill some desperate needs the men's team had."
Below is a note on each signee with a quote from Coach Norman.
Sprinter: Miles Brown - Green Hope High School: Cary, NC
PR's: 100m - 11.34, 200m - 22.43, 400m - 49.49
Coach Norman Quote: "Miles will add some speed to the team and will be looked at being an immediate contributor next year."
Distance: Jeremy Gower - West Johnston High School: Garner, NC
PR's: 800m - 1:58.70, 1600m - 4:21.70, 3200m - 9:21.36, 5,000m - 15:38.44
Coach Norman Quote: "Jeremy comes from a successful high school program that has turned out individuals ready to contribute right away at the collegiate level. We fully expect Jeremy to come to Asheville ready to make a name for him. This past spring he was the second-place finisher (3200m) in the 4A State Championship."
Sprinter: Jordan Javadi - Providence High School: Charlotte, NC
PR's: 110H - 14.21, 300H - 41.44
Coach Norman Quote: "Jordan comes to Asheville as the North Carolina 4A State Champion in the 110 hurdles. We are pleased to have him join the team, as he gives current student-athlete Milan Ristic, an immediate training partner. He will come in with similar hurdle times as Milan, so hopefully we can see him flourish with our training program."
Distance: Patrick Osborne - Nordonia High School: Macedonia, OH
PR's: 1600m - 4:22.32, 3200m - 9:51.67, 5,000m - 16:06.09
Coach Norman Quote: "Patrick is one of three student-athletes who continue our Ohio connection. He has come into his own recently with a break-out performance in the 1600m as he ran 4:22".
Distance: David Ryland - Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School: Broadview Heights, OH
PR's: 1600m - 4:25.49, 3200m - 9:50.80, 5,000m - 15:48.70
Coach Norman Quote: "David is coming to Asheville after having a break-out senior year where he saw substantial improvements in all events. He is a hard worker who will continue that trend at Asheville over the next four years."
Distance: Andy Thornburg - St. Clairsville High School: St. Clairsville, OH
PR's: 1600m - 4:26.73, 3200m - 9:52.91, 5,000m - 16:03.76
Coach Norman Quote: "Andy is someone that will add depth to our middle/long distance squad over the next four years. He will be someone that will be counted on becoming an immediate contributor across all areas in both cross country and track and field."
Distance: Skyler Winchester - Bearden High School: Knoxville, TN
PR's: 1600m - 4:20.02, 3200m - 9:25.47, 5,000m - 16:03.00
Coach Norman Quote: "Skyler comes from a very successful program in Tennessee, Bearden High School. Having the opportunity to watch him compete, the coaching staff was very impressed with his toughness and ability to compete. He should come in and have an immediate impact with the program and within the Big South Conference."