Kentucky State University cross country and track and field unveiled its tentative 2017-2018 schedule along with its new signees on Monday.
The 2017 cross country schedule features five dates spanning from Sept. 2 to Oct. 13, with stops at Centre College, Berea College, and the University of Louisville.
With one date in December, four in January, and two in February, the indoor season will be a challenge for KSU as none of the scheduled events will feature a single event in the state of Kentucky. The Thorobreds and Thorobrettes will travel as far as New York for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Battle and will have several stops in both Ohio and Indiana.
The outdoor season will begin with back-to-back weeks in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina with an event hosted by Coastal Carolina University on Mar. 9, followed by the Shamrock Invitational on Mar. 16. It’ll be late March and early April before KSU competes within the Bluegrass State. Dates are set for Mar. 31 and Apr. 7, at Centre College followed by Western Kentucky University.
As for the roster, the Thorobreds and Thorobrettes will welcome in a host of new faces who will look to make an impact in the upcoming season, including some shared athletes from other programs.
In the field events, the Thorobreds will feature William Keltee, a freshman competitor who specializes in the shot put, discus throw, and javelin. The East St. Louis, high school graduate, notched personal best in the shot put at 48’11, discus with 138’5, and 101.5 in the javelin throw.
“William (Keltee) joins the Thorobreds as a very experienced thrower with excellent marks in all of his events,” said associate head coach Fatimah Shabazz. “We look forward to a great season with him as he joins forces with returning thrower Kolan Washington.”
In cross country and track, the Thorobreds picked up sophomore transfer Cameron Galloway from Lindsey Wilson College. Galloway will compete in several events including the 800 meter and 1500 meter. The Paducah, Kentucky native recorded personal best in both events a year ago, with just under two minutes in the 800m at 1:59.91, and 4:13.69 in the 1500m.
On the women’s side, freshman Angel Freeman will join the Thorobrettes in the shot put and discus.
“Angel joins us with a lot of championship experience,” said Shabazz. “During her junior season, she won Districts in the shot put with a 37’2 throw to earn a trip to the OHSAA State Regional Championship where she placed 8th with a throw of 35’8. She continued to improve during her senior season with a personal record of 38’8.5 earning her first trip to the OHSAA State Championship where she placed 7th overall and another personal record of 39’8.5.”
Four female student-athletes will be pulling double duty as competitors for cross-country and women’s basketball. Erica Jones, Lyndsey Downing, Sierra James, and Perri Mitchel will all make their KSU debuts as members of the cross-country team before taking to the hardwood for head coach Terrance Slater in November. All four may join the track team once the basketball season concludes.