Three track athletes and one soccer player signed scholarships at Wren High on Feb. 5 during a gathering in the school’s auditorium.
Distance runner Alex Dixon and hurdler Ali Caldwell signed with Anderson University.
Dixon is a six-time all-region performer in track and cross country who placed sixth in the Class AAA state meet in November. She made all-state in cross country in AAAA as a sophomore and in AAA as a junior and senior.
“I know it’s going to be different and more intense (at the college level), but that will help me,” Dixon said. “I’m so excited for it. I look forward to meets because of the people I see from other teams.”
Caldwell had never attempted to clear a hurdle until her sophomore year but quickly discovered that she was a natural for both the 100- and 400-meter events.
“I wanted an event to get me out of the 2-mile (run),” Caldwell said, laughing. “I saw some friends doing the hurdles and I said, ‘Hey, that looks fun. I should try that.’ “
She finished second in her first race. Last year, she earned All-Western AAA Region honors.
Pole vaulter Michael Fowler signed with North Greenville University.
Fowler credited outstanding competition — namely from teammates Harrison Hix and Max Fleming – for pushing him to new heights in the pole vault.
“We’ve been vaulting together for four years,” said Fowler, who has a personal best of 13 feet. “It’s going to be heartbreaking to leave here and leave the dynasty behind.”
At last year’s Class AAA state meet, all three were on the podium, with Hix first, Fowler fourth and Fleming tied for sixth.
Soccer player Beth Spence, a four-year starter who earned all-region honors and the team’s Most Valuable Midfielder award, signed with Southern Wesleyan University.
“I had thought about trying to play college soccer, but I didn’t know if it was the best thing for me,” Spence said. “Then last year the Southern Wesleyan coach talked to me and I was like, ‘Maybe this is the thing for me.’ “