Seniors Lilly Kidane, Jasmine Parham and Leah Sikorski made their final decisions as they prepared for the Georgia High School Association Girls’ Track and Field State Championships May 9-11 in Albany.
“I’m thrilled they have an opportunity to go to school and let running pay for some of it. They all had other options and could have gone somewhere else,” said head coach Alan Daws.
Kidane signed with NCAA Division I Kennesaw State University under director Andy Eggerth. Running for East Paulding since her freshman year, Kidane participates in the 1600- and 3200-meter runs.
“It’s a [Division I] school and I liked the school. I went to visit and liked the coach and it’s a very good school,” said Kidane.
Parham signed with NCAA Division I Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Ala., under the direction of head coach Steve Ray. Running for the Raiders since her sophomore year. Parham specializes in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, but also has done the high jump, the 400-meter dash and the 4x400 relay.
“I fell in love with the college after my first tour. I relate to the coach and it’s a nice area. It’s not too far from home but it’s my first step toward independence,” said Parham.
Sikorski signed with National Christian College Athletic Association Division I Shorter University in Rome where she will run for director Scott Byrd. Sikorski has run for East Paulding since she was in eighth grade doing the 800-meter and 1600-meter runs as well as cross country.
“Since I won’t be at home, I hope for a family feel. It’s a ‘homier’ choice and their coach is very nice and it’s very God-oriented,” said Sikorski.
With these three ladies signed and ready for the next level, Daws said he will be interested in all of their future successes in their various events.
“Lilly will do better at the longer distances. It’ll be interesting to see what Jasmine ends up running. She’s still really raw and her upside is huge. Leah wants to do the [3000-meter] steeplechase so that’ll be interesting too,” Daws said.