On track: sprinters ink scholarships to Clayton State

From staff reports

The Clayton State University women's track & field team has added a pair of sprinters to strengthen its squad for the 2005-06 season.

Head Coach Mike Mead announced the recent signings of Jon Taylor of Albany and Wynona Rice of Ellijay.

"These young ladies are going to make fine additions to our growing track & field program," said Mead. "This is our first attempt at having a serious sprint corps and these young ladies are going to give us much needed help in both the sprints and field events."

Taylor, who plans to major in Health and Fitness Management, had a prolific track career at Deerfield-Windsor School, winning 11 state titles in the Georgia Independent School Association (GISA). Last month, Taylor closed out her high school career as a three-time winner in the 100m, the long jump and the triple jump at the GISA state meet. She also anchored Deerfield-Windsor's 400m-relay team to victory while earning the high-point female athlete at the meet for the second straight year.

"Jon has incredible potential," said Mead. "She's very competitive and a hard worker. She never lost a competition in high school. She's definitely going to be challenged at the collegiate level, but she's going to do extremely well once she makes the transition."

Taylor has bests of 12.43 in the 100m, 17-10 in the long jump and 36-7 in the triple jump.

"She has progressively improved her marks each season. When she gets use to a year-round program, she's going to see continued improvement."

Rice, who plans to major in Psychology at Clayton State, ran for Class AAA Pickens County High School. During her high school career, Rice made it to state three years in a row in the long jump. Last month, Rice went to state not only in the long jump, but also the 100m and 200m. Her best showing at state came in 2004 where she finished sixth in the long jump with a leap of 16-8.

"Wynona is a great addition to our program," said Mead. "She did not have a lot of competition up in north Georgia and was not on a year-round training program. She's hard working and is going to thrive in college. She may surprise a lot of folks before her collegiate career is completed."