Two more Pickens High School Dragons made their post-high school plans official last Friday, as track athletes Sam Davis and Dalton Gasaway both signed scholarships with nearby Reinhardt University.
The Eagles will be obtaining a talented jumper in Davis, who broke the PHS record in the long jump at the state sectionals in Carrollton April 30 with a leap of 22 feet, two and a half inches (22′ 2 1/2″).
“I’m very excited and happy. I’m looking forward to the next season,” Davis said after the signing.
Along with football and basketball, Davis was originally tied up with golf in the spring. However, he was recruited his junior year to try track. After one practice, he was hooked.
Davis chose to pursue track after high school because of the rewarding challenges of the sport. He chose Reinhardt because of its appeal.
“Track came natural to me. Everything is based on talent and ability,” Davis pointed out. “It’s a really nice campus and I’ve heard a lot of good things about the school. Plus, it’s a new program and I just feel like it’s a good place for me to start.”
Davis also wanted to thank those that helped him along the path to a college scholarship.
“My mom and the rest of my family,” Davis said. “Coach Ford, Coach Roper, Coach Turner, my friends and everyone that’s supported me.”
With the 400-meter dash as his primary weapon, Gasaway was ecstatic to be continuing his running at Reinhardt.
“I’m excited,” Gasaway said. “I had a good season. I wasn’t planning on going to college, until I broke 50 (seconds) in the 400. I never knew I could reach the times I did this year.”
Although he played football for the Dragons as well, Gasaway has kept his focus on track. He shaved three seconds off his 400-meter time this season.
Gasaway opted to sign with Reinhardt because it was a perfect mixture of track and academics.
“They have a great Criminal Justice program,” Gasaway explained. “I looked at it more academically than athletically.”
Like Davis, Gasaway also wanted to thank those that supported him on his journey and helped him reach the achievement of a college scholarship.
“I want to thank Coach Ford, Coach Sparks, my strength and conditioning coaches and my family,” Gasaway concluded.
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