PITSBURG – Franklin Monroe senior Hannah Eley committed to the Wittenberg University track and field team on Thursday and immediately will become one of the Tigers’ top athletes.
Eley, the daughter of Heather Eley and Randel Eley, said she looks forward to continuing her track and field career at the collegiate level.
“I’m excited,” she said. “I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to be able to compete and be a competing athlete for the (Cross County Conference), and I’m excited to go on to college and continue it.”
In college Eley will compete in the shot put, discus throw, hammer throw and weight throw. This season she has a personal-best mark of 115 feet 3 inches in the discus and 35 feet 1.25 inches in the shot put.
“I think the farthest thrower they have right now is like 29 feet, and Hannah has got a 35-foot PR right now already,” Franklin Monroe track and field coach Rick Ingold said of Eley joining Wittenberg. “So she’ll contribute immediately. She’ll have an opportunity to score at the conference meet and things right away.”
Eley, who plans to study early childhood education, said she loved Wittenberg when she visited and thinks it will be a good place for her academic future.
“We took a visit back in November, and I just absolutely fell in love with the campus,” she said. “They have really good programs there, and I’m just excited to go.”
Eley will attend Wittenberg with her classmate Allyson Masterson, who also committed to the Tiger track and field team on Thursday.
At Wittenberg Eley hopes to excel both academically and athletically.
“Just to have good grades as the best I can and just to meet new people and throw far,” she said of her college goals.
Eley, who qualified for the Ohio High School Athletic Association regional meet in the shot put this year, is physically very powerful, Ingold said.
“Hannah is a really strong athlete,” the Franklin Monroe coach said. “I think that makes her as successful as she’s been because she just naturally has a lot of strength and that translates well to the throwing events.”
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