Head Coach Curt Kraft
July 11, 2013
GREENVILLE, N.C. –Head coach Curt Kraft and his staff will welcome nearly two dozen student-athletes to compete in track and field and attend East Carolina University beginning in the 2013-14 school year.
The top-notch group of student-athletes includes one New Balance National Champion, a USATF Junior Olympics finalist, 11 state champions, and three regional champions.
Morgan Anderson, Freshman, Distance, Virginia Beach, Va., First Colonial High School
Anderson recorded a number of personal-best times at First Colonial High School en route to qualifying for the Virginia AAA Indoor State Championships in both the 1,000-meter and 1,600-meter runs. The Virginia AAA State finalist placed eighth in the 1,600-meter run at state and was a 2013 Footlocker South Regional Qualifier in cross country. She finished 17th in the 2013 Virginia State cross country championship as a senior.
Anderson’s Personal Bests:
• 1,000-meter run – 3:03.27
• 1,600-meter run – 5:08.03
• 3,200-meter run – 11:26.41
• 5,000-meter run – 18:39.51
Kraft on Anderson:
“Morgan is an optimistic competitor. She knows she’s pretty good, but she also knows that she can get even better. I saw her last high school race and it was a PR (in the 1,600-meter at the Virginia State meet) and I really liked the way she raced. She definitely has the competitive first. I see her as another in a long line of recruits that we have coming in that will embrace the training and look forward to the competitions. She will be good in a lot of events.”
Jasmine Dawson, Freshman, Sprints, Clayton, N.C., West Johnson High School
Dawson comes to ECU after winning the North Carolina 4A State Championship in the 100-meter dash. The incoming freshman was a 2013 New Balance Outdoor National Qualifier in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. During the indoor season, Dawson was a New Balance Indoor National Qualifier in the 200-meter dash and finished her senior season with a North Carolina 4A East Regional Championship in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash. Additionally, she was a 2012 USATF Junior Olympics finalist in the 200-meter dash.
Dawson’s Personal Bests:
• 100-meter dash – 11.70
• 200-meter dash – 24.20
• 300-meter dash – 40.85
• 400-meter dash – 57.70
Kraft on Dawson:
“Jasmine Dawson is the type of student-athlete that every coach wants to be a part of their program. She is compassionate about her performance on the track and in the classroom. Her sprint ability gives the team a significant boost as she can compete in each of the sprints. Her competitive spirit and outstanding character will bring even more to our team. She will specialize in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash as well as each of the sprint relays. The steady improvement she has made from season to season in her high school career has given us justifiably high expectations for her future as a collegiate sprinter. We expect her to contribute to our conference, regional, and national team goals. Jasmine has yet to scratch the surface with her abilities. We are looking forward to being a part of her development.”
Taylor Drummonds, Freshman, Pole Vault, Boone, N.C., Watauga High School
Drummonds finished her prep career as a 2013 New Balance National Qualifier in the pole vault. The incoming freshman also placed fourth at the North Carolina 4A State Championships in the pole vault, while earning a qualifying mark in the 100-meter hurdles. Drummonds was the 2013 Northwestern Conference Champion in the pole vault as well as an indoor state finalist in the pole vault and an indoor state qualifier in the 55-meter hurdles.
Drummonds’ Personal Bests:
• Pole Vault – 11-06.00
• 100-meter hurdles – 15.37
Kraft on Drummonds:
“Taylor is an outstanding student-athlete that has been under the radar for the past couple of years because she was balancing her talents between pole vaulting, hurdling, and softball. In just the last few weeks of her senior season she went from being a 10' pole vaulter to an 11'6 pole vaulter and I am sure that is just the beginning of many great things to come.”
Aminah Ghaffar, Freshman, Mutli-Events/Hurdles, Lumberton, N.C., Fayetteville Academy
Ghaffar is a well-rounded student-athlete from Lumberton, N.C., who came in runner-up in the 2013 New Balance National Championships in the Heptathlon. A 13-time NCISAA State Champion, Ghaffar won the 2013 NCISAA 1A/2A State Championships in the 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, long jump and high jump. Additionally, she placed ninth in the pentathlon at the 2013 New Balance Indoor National Championships.
Ghaffar’s Personal Bests:
• Heptathlon – 4,582 points
• 100-meter hurdles – 14.53
• 300-meter hurdles – 44.30
• 400-meter hurdles – 1:04.01
• High Jump – 5-02.00
• Long Jump – 17-02.75
Kraft on Ghaffar:
“Aminah Ghaffar is the entire package: a great student, a great athlete, and a great young woman. She’s a heptathlete by trade, so there won’t be any transition time into that event at the collegiate level. Aminah comes in with a great deal of experience in the multi-events and should be able to make an immediate impact for us at the conference level. With her experience at New Balance Nationals and Junior Olympics, she’s no stranger to high levels of competition. Anyone that has 13 North Carolina State titles to her name knows what it takes to win. That’s the kind of athlete we’re always looking for. The future is bright for this young woman.”
Emily Grimes, Freshman, Distance, Pfafftown, N.C., Reagan High School
Grimes will compete in both cross country and track and field for the Pirates during the 2013-14 season. She is a 2013 North Carolina 4A State Qualifier in the 4x800-meter run, and a 4A Indoor State finalist in the 3,200-meter run. During the cross country season, Grimes was a 2012 Footlocker South Region Qualifier and placed 13th in the 2012 North Carolina State Cross Country Championships.
Grimes’ Personal Bests:
• 1,600-meter run – 5:24.84
• 3,200-meter run – 11:25.70
• 5,000-meter run – 18:23.30
Kraft on Grimes:
“Emily loves to train long and hard. She loves hard work. Emily is a grinder when it comes to running which makes cross country her natural strength. It’s always nice to have a few runners that seem to want to do more most of the time. She should push our top-7 and has a chance to compete for one of those coveted spots. On the track she will trend towards the longer events, but we’ll also work on her speed so she can drop her high school PR’s down a bit.”
Leah Lott, Freshman, Hurdles/Jumps, Virginia Beach, Va., Landstown High School
Lott comes to ECU after being ranked No. 1 in the United States in the 55-meter hurdles with a personal-best of 7.84. She placed second in the 2013 Virginia AAA State 100-meter hurdles and third in the long jump. A 2013 Virginia AAA State Qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles, long jump and triple jump, Lott finished fourth in the 60-meter hurdles at the 2013 New Balance Indoor National Championships. During the indoor season, Lott won the Virginia AAA Indoor State Championship in the 55-meter hurdles and was a AAA Indoor State finalist in the long jump and triple jump.
Lott’s Personal Bests:
• 100-meter hurdles – 13.98
• 55-meter hurdles – 7.84
• 60-meter hurdles – 8.56
• Long Jump – 19-00.75
• Triple Jump – 38-06.50
Kraft on Lott:
“Leah Lott is arguably the most accomplished hurdler that ECU has ever signed to its program. Her time of 7.84 in the 55-meter hurdles ranked her as number one in the United States during the 2013 high school indoor track season. The explosive power she has shown in that event is also evident in her accomplishments as a long and triple jumper. Leah is expected to make an immediate impact on this team in these three events and she may also play a major role in our sprint relays. Her background as a high-level gymnast also excites us about the possibilities in her development as a hurdler/jumper/sprinter. She is a tremendously gifted athlete and is as competitive as she is explosive.>Leah Lott should etch her name deeply into the Pirate record books and have a stellar career.”
Maura McDonnell, Freshman, Distance, Cary, N.C., Green Hope High School
McDonnell comes to East Carolina after lettering in cross country, track and field, and soccer at Green Hope High School. In her senior season, she was a North Carolina 4A State Qualifier in the 800-meter run, as well as a New Balance Indoor National finalist in the 800-meter after earning a ninth-place finish. McDonnell won the 2013 North Carolina 4A State Indoor Championships in the 1,600-meter and was a 2012 4A Indoor State runner up in the 1,000-meter run. During the cross country season, McDonnell she placed third in the 2012 North Carolina Cross Country Championships and finished the season as a Nike Cross Country Nationals Southeast Regional Qualifier after finishing in the top 20.
McDonnell’s Personal Bests:
• 800-meter run – 2:14.70
• 1,600-meter run – 5:10.30
• 3,000-meter run – 11:09.00
• 5,000-meter run – 17:56.70
Kraft on McDonnell:
“Mo is great all-around athlete. She graduated from Green Hope with 16 Varsity letters (four in cross country, four in soccer, four in indoor track, and four in outdoor track) and was the News & Observer Co-Athlete of the Year. She was on five State Championship teams, won an individual State Championship in the 1,600-meter, and started for the No. 1 ranked soccer team in the nation. In cross country, she placed third, fourth, fifth, and 12th individually at the State Championships. Mo knows winning and she knows hard work. Being able to focus on running is going to allow her to take her considerable abilities to the next level. The biggest problem I’ll have with her is finding out which event she does best.”
Rachel Neagle, Freshman, Pole Vault, Kernersville, N.C., East Forsyth High School
Neagle is an incoming freshman out of East Forsyth High School who owns a personal-best mark of 11-06.00 in the pole vault. She won the 2013 North Carolina 4A Midwest Regional Championship and was a 4A Indoor State finalist after placing fifth in her event. In 2011 as a sophomore, Neagle was a New Balance National Qualifier in the pole vault.
Neagle’s Personal Bests:
• Pole Vault – 11-06.00
Kraft on Neagle:
“Rachel is a very good vaulter that has been near the top of the North Carolina ranks since her freshman year of high school. We are very excited that she is going to be a part of the team next year and I look forward to seeing how she progresses as a Pirate.”
Adell Remsberg, Freshman, Multi-Events, Ijamsville, Md., Oakdale High School
Remsberg will join East Carolina as a hurdler and triple jumper after competing successfully in those events at Oakdale High School. In her senior year, Remsberg was the Maryland State Championships runner up in the 100-meter hurdles as well as a State Championship Qualifier in the long jump and triple jump. She also qualified for the 2013 New Balance National Championships in the 100-meter hurdles and was a State Indoor finalist in the 55-meter hurdles.
Remsberg’s Personal Bests:
• 100-meter hurdles – 14.58
• Triple Jump – 37-02.00
Kraft on Remsberg:
“Adell Remsberg is a well-rounded student-athlete. She will compete initially for our program as a hurdler and triple jumper. We are also entertaining the idea of introducing the multi-events and quite possibly the pole vault into her repertoire. Her background as a high-level gymnast has broadened our scope of what she could mean to our program. The number one thing that Adell brings to our program is willingness. She has a ‘team-first’ attitude that screams ‘Championships!’ She comes from a winning high school program and she is used to making sacrifices for team goals. We can hardly wait for her to get here so that her winning attitude can add fuel to our fire. Recruiting the right attitude is as important as recruiting certain abilities. We have won in both of these areas in having attracted Adell to our university.”
Kelsey Rohrig, Freshman, Throws, Owatonna, Minn., Owatonna High School
Rohrig comes to Greenville from Owatonna, Minn., and will compete in the shot put and weight throw. At Owatonna High School, Rohrig placed fourth in the shot put at the 2012 Minnesota State Championships. She has recorded personal bests of 42-05.75 in the shot put and 102-02.00 in the discus.
Rohrig’s Personal Bests:
• Shot Put – 42-05.75
• Discus – 102-02.00
Kraft on Rohrig:
“Kelsey Rohrig was a multi-sport athlete in high school where she competed in volleyball, hockey, and track and field. She has a very strong and athletic build and is somebody we’re looking to develop within an already exceptional throws group. I see her immediate impact being in the shot put and weight throw.”
Olicia Sharp, Sophomore, Sprints, Raleigh, N.C., Wakefield High School/Alabama
Sharp will join her sister Olivia on the Pirates’ roster for the 2013-14 school year after transferring from Alabama. Sharp was a 2012 New Balance Indoor National Qualifier in the 200-meter dash as a senior. In her junior year, she was a 4A State finalist in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash as well as a 4A Indoor State finalist in the 55-meter hurdles.
Sharp’s Personal Bests:
• 100-meter dash – 11.79
• 200-meter dash – 24.47
• 300-meter dash – 39.79
Kraft on Sharp:
“Olicia Sharp brings a fierce competitiveness to our sprint group. She is known for her memorable come-from-behind finishes on relays. She has been a part of accomplished sprint programs throughout her scholastic career. She expects to win and has a work ethic that matches that expectation. She is a student of her event and thus should be a joy to teach. We have high hopes for Olicia as she has the range to compete in all of the sprints.”
Caitlyn Sheva, Freshman, Distance, Sellersville, Pa., Pennridge High School
Sheva is a distance runner out of Pennridger High School in Pennsylvania. She was a 2013 State Championship Qualifier in the 1,600-meter run and a District 1 AAA Finalist after earning a third-place finish in the event. During the indoor season, she was State Championships Qualifier in the mile run with an 11th-place finish. She was also a 2012 State Cross Country Championships Qualifier.
Sheva’s Personal Bests:
• Mile – 5:10.38
• 1,600-meter run – 5:07.22
• 3,000-meter run – 10:45.18
• 3,200-meter run – 10:59.16
• 5,000-meter run – 18:37.00
Kraft on Sheva:
“Caitlyn has performed at a high level over a great range of races and comes in with the fastest 3,200-meter PR of any recruit we have had here at ECU. Besides good times, Caitlyn is going to bring a lot of positivity to the team. She smiled more than just about any recruit we’ve ever had come in, so I know she’s going to make the hard practices that much better. Caitlyn was a life-long soccer player and will now be able to focus all of her training on one sport. She has a great foundation and I think that we can really improve her speed as well as her strength on the cross country course.”
Samantha Teague, Freshman, Distance, Charlotte, N.C., Ardrey Kell High School
Samantha Teague comes to ECU after qualifying for the North Carolina 4A West Regional in the 800-meter run. She also was a State Qualifier for cross country as well. She owns personal bests in the 1,600-meter run (5:16.70), 3,200-meter run (11:28.40), and 5,000-meter run (18:51.00).
Samantha Teague’s Personal Bests:
• 1,600-meter run – 5:16.70
• 3,200-meter run – 11:28.40
• 5,000-meter run – 18:51.00
Sydney Teague, Freshman, Distance, Charlotte, N.C., Ardrey Kell High School
Sydney Teague will join her twin sister Samantha at ECU for the 2013-14 school year. Teague will compete in cross country and distance for the Pirates. She was a North Carolina 4A West Regional Qualifier in the 3,200-meter run and a State Qualifier during the cross country season.
Sydney Teague’s Personal Bests:
• 1,600-meter run – 5:26.22
• 2,000-meter Steeplechase – 8:29.66
• 3,200-meter run – 11:20.22
• 5,000-meter run – 18:47.00
Kraft on the Teague’s:
“I’ve coached many twins over my career. I always coach them as individuals, but here I’ll talk about them together. Samantha and>Sydney Teague are both Pirates to the core. I have a baby picture of them decked out in ECU Pirate Gear-classic Purple and Gold.>Samantha Teague was hampered by a number of injury issues her senior year, but her previous years PR’s show that she can excel at this level. She came on really strongly at the end of the year when she was feeling healthier, so I’m optimistic that she’ll get a good summer of training before she gets here to ECU.>Sydney Teague really showed tremendous development this year in both cross country and track. She set multiple PR’s each season. Both twins were multi-sport stars at their high school (competing in cross country, track, and swimming) so focusing on running at the college level should allow them to focus on training at a new level and allow them to make some really wonderful gains.”
CJ Buck, Freshman, Distance, Concord, N.C., Jay M. Robinson High School
Buck will compete in both cross country and track and field for the Pirates. He is a distance runner who ran in the 1,600-meter, mile, 3,200-meter, and 5,000-meter at Jay M. Robinson High School. Buck was a 3A Midwest Regional Qualifier in the 3,200-meter run and a 3A Indoor State Qualifier in the same event. During the cross country season, he placed fourth in the North Carolina State Championships.
Buck’s Personal Bests:
• 1,600-meter run – 4:35.00
• Mile run – 4:38.78
• 3,200-meter run – 9:44.30
• 5,000-meter run – 16:00.00
Kraft on Buck:
“What I like about CJ is his toughness. I see him as a hardworking runner that is going to put in the work to take it to the next level. He was a Regional Champion in cross country and placed fourth in the State Meet before injury problems derailed the track season his senior year. I think a good steady buildup will allow him to adjust well to the college distances.”
John Crossley, Freshman, Distance, Newport, N.C., West Carteret High School
Crossley is a middle distance runner out of West Carteret High School who won the 2013 New Balance Championship in the 800-meter run. He was also the 2013 3A State Champions in the same event and won the 3A State Championship in the 1,600-meter run as well. Crossley was ranked No. 1 in the state in both the 800-meter run and the mile run and also set the North Carolina record in the 800-meter with a personal-best time of 1:48.01. During the indoor season, Crossley won the 1A/2A/3A Indoor State Championship in the 1,000-meter run in 2013. As a junior, he was the 2012 3A State Champion in the 800-meter and was the 2012 State Cross Country Championship runner up.
Crossley’s Personal Bests:
• 400-meter run – 48.04
• 800-meter run – 1:48.01
• Mile run – 4:14.84
• 5,000-meter run – 15:54.01
Kraft on Crossley:
“John is going to be a great addition to an already strong middle-distance group. He will make an immediate impact over a wide range of events. He has the key elements you need to be successful: Talent, toughness, work ethic, patience, and confidence. Talent is clearly indicated by his PR in the 800m, 1:48.01, which was the second fastest 800-meter in the nation and No. 8 all-time among high school performances. His confidence is evident in his resounding victory at the New Balance Nationals against the best competition in the nation. You can tell he has patience and a great work ethic by noting how much he improved in cross country from junior to senior year (dropping 1:10 off of his time and improving from 28th to second place at the North Carolina 3A State). John demonstrated his toughness by winning two events at the NC State Championships (800m, 1600m) while under the weather. The key with John will be to make sure he doesn’t want to do too much too soon.”
Jackson David, Freshman, Javelin, Wilmington, N.C., Hoggard High School
David excelled in the javelin throw at Hoggard High School in Wilmington, N.C. For the Vikings, David notched a personal-best mark of 197-00.00.
David’s Personal Bests:
• Javelin – 197-00.00
Kraft on David:
“Jackson David is the unknown javelin thrower in the state of North Carolina. He will be joining a great javelin tradition at ECU and should be one that extends that into the future. We are excited that he can come into a group with two excellent role models to train with, where he can develop and improve without any pressure.”
Rodney Johnson, Freshman, Sprints/Hurdles/Multi-Events, Norfolk, Va., Booker T. Washington High School
Johnson comes to East Carolina after excelling in the sprints and hurdles at Booker T. Washington High School. He was a 2013 Virginia AAA State Qualifier in the 110-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles and the high jump. He also was a New Balance National Qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles in his senior year. During the indoor season, Johnson was a 2013 New Balance Indoor National Qualifier in the 60-meter hurdles and 400-meter run. He was also a AAA Indoor State Qualifier in the 55-meter hurdles and 500-meter run.
Johnson’s Personal Bests:
• 110-meter hurdles – 14.81
• 300-meter hurdles – 37.97
• 400-meter hurdles – 53.44
• 1,000-meter run – 2:44.64
• High Jump – 6-04.00
Kraft on Johnson:
“There is only one word you can use to describe>Rodney Johnson: athlete. This young man has outstanding talent with the will and determination to be the best at whatever he puts his mind to. He’s going to compete in the hurdles and multi-events for us and I see his success coming quite quickly. He loves track and field and has a motor that just won’t stop. As he continues to learn his event, the sky is truly the limit for Rodney.”
Avion Jones, Sophomore, Jumps, Virginia Beach, Va., First Colonial High School/Virginia Military Institute
Jones comes to ECU after spending a year at the Virginia Military Institute where he was the 2013 Big South Outdoor Champion in the high jump and the 2013 Big South Indoor runner up in the same event. He was ranked 37th in the NCAA in the high jump for the 2013 season. At First Colonial High School, Jones won the 2012 Virginia AAA State Championship in the high jump.
Jones’ Personal Bests:
• High Jump – 7-00.75
• Triple Jump – 46-06.50
Kraft on Jones:
“Avion Jones is a dynamic addition to the ECU jump squad and instantly makes our team better. He will join Drew Kanz and Josh King as a high jumper and will also compete in the triple jump. He was the Big South Conference outdoor high jump champion at 7-00.50 so we know he’s already a proven winner. We are beyond excited to have him as a member of our team.”
Jalen Peterkin, Freshman, Throws, Durham, N.C., Southern Durham High School
Peterkin will join the East Carolina throws squad after having won the 2013 4A State Championship in the shot put in high school. He was also a 2013 New Balance National Qualifier in the same event and was ranked No. 2 in the state with a personal-best mark of 59-06.00 in the shot put. Peterkin placed third in the shot put at the 2013 4A Indoor State Finals and was a New Balance Indoor National Qualifier in his senior season. As a junior, Peterkin was a 2012 4A State runner up and a 4A Indoor State runner up in the shot put.
Peterkin’s Personal Bests:
• Shot Put – 59-06.00
• Discus – 145-06.00
Kraft on Peterkin:
“Jalen Peterkin was a late bloomer in the shot put this year. We are really looking forward to him stepping in and making an immediate impact at the conference level in the shot put and weight throw. He has a great advantage in learning from the throwers already on the team and we are very excited about where his future lies.”
Able Tecle, Freshman, Distance, Cary, N.C., Cary High School
Tecle will compete in both cross country and track for East Carolina during the 2013-14 school year. He comes from Cary High School where he was a 2013 4A Indoor State finalist after finishing eighth in the 1,600-meter run. He was also a 4A Indoor State Qualifier in the 3,200-meter run. During the cross country season, Tecle was a State Cross Country Championship Qualifier in his senior. As a junior, he placed fifth in the 3,200-meter run at the 2012 4A State Finals.
Tecle’s Personal Bests:
• 800-meter run – 1:58.00
• 1,600-meter run – 4:25.51
• Mile run – 4:27.97
• 3,000-meter run – 9:08.00
• 3,200-meter run – 9:29.14
• 5,000-meter run – 15:57.00
Kraft on Tecle:
“Abel has run for a great coach on a really competitive team the last four years. He understands hard work and knows what it takes to compete at this level. Abel has been on some elite 4x800m relays, so I know he has good speed, but I see his best potential in the longer distances where he can take full advantage of his long, fluid stride.”
Jalen Ware, Freshman, Sprints, Apex, N.C., Apex High School
Ware concluded his prep career as a 2013 New Balance National Qualifier in the 4x200-meter relays. He placed fourth in the 2013 4A State Finals in the 400-meter run and was the 2013 4A Mideast Regional Champion in the same event. Ware is ranked seventh in the state with a personal-best time of 48.28 in the 400-meter run. He also owns a personal-best time of 22.64 in the 200-meter run and a mark of 6-02.75 in the high jump.
Ware’s Personal Bests:
• 200-meter run – 22.64
• 400-meter run – 48-28
• High Jump – 6-02.75
Kraft on Ware:
“Jalen Ware was a ‘Pirate at Heart’ before he decided to be a ‘Running Pirate’. He made his decision to pursue his degree at ECU before he considered the possibilities of athletics. It is always a plus when our student-athletes are confident in the direction that they want to take academically. This ‘business first’ attitude that Jalen brings to our sprint group is welcomed with open arms. Athletically, we couldn’t be more enthusiastic about the possibilities that lie ahead for Jalen. He will be a part of the 400-meter sprinter stable for ECU. His long athletic build, strong sense of pace and determined finishing kick will make him an integral part of our long sprints program. He understands his event and we are grateful to have such an athlete in this group. We are surely better because of him.”
Joe Wilson, Junior, Sprints, Florence, S.C., Wilson High School/Coastal Carolina
Wilson comes to ECU after spending two years at Coastal Carolina University where he competed in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4x100-meter relays. He was a 2013 Big South Conference finalist in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dash and was part of a Chants relay squad that won the 4x100-meter relay at the 2013 Big South Championships. At Wilson High School, he won the state championship in the 4x400-meter relay as a senior and was named to the All-Region (8-3A) and All-State Teams during his senior season.
Wilson’s Personal Bests:
• 100-meter run – 10.31
• 200-meter run – 21.29
Kraft on Wilson:
“Joe Wilson is a long and rangy sprinter that should immediately bolster, an already dominant ECU men’s sprint group. He is transferring to us from a very solid sprints program at Coastal Carolina University. With the addition of Joe to our team, it is likely that our 2013-14 men’s sprint roster will be one of the deepest in talent that ECU has seen in quite some time. It is not just Joe’s physical abilities that attracted us to him, but also his character. He has a solid work ethic and a quiet confidence that should aid our training atmosphere tremendously. Joe is an exceptional straightaway leg on the 4x100-meter relay and that ability gives us justifiable expectations of having a memorable season with that relay event. We are overjoyed to bring in such an athlete as>Joe Wilson to the Pirate family and anxiously wait to see him perform. He could be very special.”