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Four North Augusta track athletes sign with colleges

Posted: May 31, 2017 - 12:31am
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North Augusta track athletes Caleb Wright (from left), Kenneth Murray, Kyle Morrell and Christian Maddox made their college choices Thursday.
North Augusta track athletes Caleb Wright (from left), Kenneth Murray, Kyle Morrell and Christian Maddox made their college choices Thursday.

Four members of North Augusta's track and field team extended their athletic careers Thursday as they signed letters of intent to compete at the collegiate level.

"This is my second year running track and I guess it just came to me," said Christian Maddox, who holds the South Carolina state title in the high jump. "I started jumping higher, four inches more than last year."

Maddox will head to Charleston Southern University in the fall, where he will be joined by teammates Kyle Morrell and Kenneth Murray, all of whom will be lacing up the spikes for the Buccaneers.

A fourth, hurdler Caleb Wright, will travel out of state to run for the North Carolina A&T Aggies.

"They're spread out among events, and their work ethic has just meant a lot to the team," North Augusta coach John Kucela said. This season Kucela led the team to its first region title in 40 years.

The Bucs have been making a strong effort to grow their program with new recruits, so Maddox, Morrell and Murray will have a chance to make a big impact come spring.

"They're starting pretty fresh so I'm excited to see what we can do there," said Morrell, who will run the 400 meter, 800 meter and 4x400-meter relay races in Charleston. "I'm really excited to run at the next level. I've put a lot of hard work into it since the eighth grade."

Murray plans to run the 100 and 200 alongside his main event, the long jump. Wright expects to be busy in Greensboro, N.C., running the 100, 200 and relays when he isn't hurdling.

"North Carolina A&T is the No. 3 hurdles school in the nation, so that's a big deal for me," Wright said. "I'm blessed to be able to play at the next level. I've been dreaming about this since middle school."

Wright, along with Maddox, also plans to suit up for his school's football team.

He will play outside linebacker or safety for the Aggies, while the high jumper plans to walk on for Charleston Southern and play wherever his speed will suit him best.

"Track came over football this time," Maddox said. "Speed is the way to the NFL."

 

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