Congratulations to former Titans, Nick Parks
and Obos Ikpefan, for leading their Purdue 4 x 400
to a new school record last week. The record was
27 year’s old! The time places them 11th in the
nation and puts them in good position to advance to
this year’s NCAA Indoor Championship. Stay tuned
for more big things from these two young men this year!
Congratulations to Niata Alexander (New Manchester High School) on her signing with Troy University to run track . Niata joined theTitan Family in 2011 and had an immediate impact on the team. She is a 4 time All American and in 2012 was an integral part of our national champion 4 x 400 relay. Her hard work and
Best wishes to Niata Alexander at tomorrow’s Sun Belt Conference Championship. In her freshman campaign at Troy, Alexander has established herself as one of the favorites to take home the gold in her signature race; the 400. Her indoor best of 55.94 is only 6 hundredths of a second off the conference leader. The conference champship will be hosted at the Birmingham Crossplex Feb 23-24th.
GO NIATA GO!!
Best wishes to Niata Alexander at tomorrow’s Sun Belt
Conference Championship. In her freshman campaign at Troy,
Alexander has established herself as one of the favorites to take
home the gold in her signature race; the 400. Her indoor best of 55.94 is only 6 hundredths of a second off the conference leader. The conference champship will be hosted at the
Birmingham Crossplex Feb 23-24th. GO NIATA GO!!have paid off with a track scholarhsip to Troy University.
Congratulations to Athena Carpenter (Pope High School) on her recent signing to study and run track at The University of Kentucky! Athena is a 2 time USATF Youth National Champion and holder of multiple team and Pope HS records. She is a lifetime Titan who first hit the track at age 5. Her hard work and determination have led to both an academic and athletic scholarship to UK. GO BIG BLUE!!
Congratulations to Cierra Dunston (McEachern High School) on her recent commitment to run track for The University of North Carolina. Cierra has been a member of The Titans for close to 10 years and is a 2 time Jr Olympic Champion and holds multiple team records. Her years of commitment and hard work have paid off with a scholarship to UNC.
Congratulations to Ariel Terrell (Westlake HS), Elliiott Berry and Evan Berry (Creekside HS) on their recent commitments to The University of Tennesee. The trio holds numerous Titan team records and have been a part of some of the most dominant relay teams in team history. Ariel was offered a track scholarship while both Elliott and Evan were offered scholarships to play football.
Styles, Pinckney & Gilstrap Graduate!!
Three of the most decorated Titans of all timegraduated from college recently. LaCresha Styles,who still owns 6 Titan team records received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Duke University. Styles wrapped upa very successful senior campaign on the track as well.She led her team to its highest conference finish in the 4 x 100 relay at the ACC Conference Championships. After spending thesummer at home, she has decided to return to Duke to pursue a graduate degree.
Takeia Pinckney, who boasts 4 team records also graduated recently. She received her Bachelors degree from LSU. Pinckney is a 4 time All American and SEC Champion on the track. She has one more year of athletic eligibility remaining and plans to use it to prepare for a possible professional career on the track.
Kenneth Gilstrap, II, who has 5 team records that have stood the test of time recently received his Liberal Arts degree from Middle Tennessee State where he has been a 2 sport standout. Gilstrap, who is a starting defensive back for the Blue Raiders football team has also been a major contributor on the track team. He also has one more year of eligibility remaining and is
expected to take his skills to the next level on the field. Lookout for these young adults as they will undoubtedly continue to
do big things!
Melanie Mainor, Tulane Green Wave
Former Titan, Melanie Mainor established a new personal best in the high jump for the Tulane Green Wave. The junior from Powder Springs moved to #3 all time indoors for Tulane, just behind another former Titan, Zandi DeBowles. Click the link above for the full story.
Sydney Williams, Kennesaw State Owl
Sydney Williams established a new Kennesaw State school record in the 800 this week at the Birmingham Invitational. Her winning time of 2:16.68 is a personal best and bettered the former record by over 6 seconds. Williams is the Titans Track Club team record holder in the Young Women’s 800 and is a freshman at KSU where she is a Pre-Pharmacy major. Congratulations Sydney!!
Follow Sydney and her Owl teammates at: http://www.ksuowls.com/index.aspx?path=wtrack.
Cameron Thornton heads to Texas A&M in College Station
Cameron Thornton, one of the nation’s most sought after high school middle distance runners,
has committed to attend college next fall at Texas A&M in College Station. Thornton, a long time Titan and senior at Whitefield Academy, recently announced that he had chosen A&M over the likes of Arkansas, Virginia, Villanova, Alabama, Stanford and Clemson.
2011 was a banner year for Thornton. He became the only high schooler from Georgia to run sub 1:50 more than once, represensted the U.S. at the World Youth Championships in France and defended his GHSA state title in the 1600 and Cross Country.