PEMBROKE — The University of North Carolina at Pembroke interim track and field coach Adarian Barr announced that 12 freshmen have signed to compete with the women’s team next season.
Of the 12 newcomers, eight are in-state products, while the other four are from New York, Florida, Virginia and Kentucky. The group includes seven sprinters, one jumper and four multi-event athletes. The incoming freshmen will join 18 returners for the 2014-15 season.
The class includes Purnell Swett standout Lyric Troy, who is the second Ram to sign with UNCP track during the offseason. Troy had success in multiple events.
As a senior, she placed fifth in the triple jump at regionals and ran the 100 meter dash in a time of 14.86 seconds . She also completed in the triple jump and long jump, as well as the hurdles.
She’s one of two Southeastern Conference athletes that will join the Braves, the other being Hoke’s Kaitlyn Thomas.
“This is a very exceptional recruiting class,” Barr said. “I am super excited about the student-athletes from an academic and athletic viewpoint, and I expect them to do great things. They add depth and quality to the program which should improve our placement in the conference championship along with vastly improving our regional rankings. This is a great mix of local and regional athletes that bring quality academic and athletic resumes.”
Other in-state signees include Southeast Raleigh Magnet’s Kayla Chavis, Ayden-Grifton’s Kebori Gorham, Monroe’s Nijah Gwehi, Burlington’s Jasmine Upsher, Central Cabarrus’s Jada Wallace and Phillip O. Berry’s Erica Willams.
Out-of-state signees includes Deja Burks, of Louisville, Ky., Jeanna Cuba of Pinellas Park, Fla., Briana Taylor, of Freeport, N.Y., and Jeonna Taylor of Lorton, Va.
The Braves wrapped up their 2014 season with a fourth place finish at the second annual Peach Belt Conference Championships and will return all three all-conference athletes to the squad.