Pole vaulter Caitlin Cutshall signed with East Tennessee State and looks to be studying social work. Cutshall is the school record holder in the event, clearing 10 feet and 6 3/4 inches last spring.
She is a three-time all-state vaulter in indoors and outdoors, and qualified for her third consecutive state championships next week in Murfreesboro.
“It’s usually not something people go for in track,” she said. “I went to practice one day and Coach Jeffers asked if I had ever thought about doing pole vault. I didn't know what it was, but he told me that I looked strong and that I could do it. He threw me in it and I went with our other vaulter who were here at the time. It was really fun and it just took off from there.”
Cutshall does events in addition to the pole vault, often competing in the 4x100 relay and 200 meter dash, but her main focus shifted in her second year of track.
She’s also close with her family, so being only 20 minutes away is comforting.
“I’m close with my family and even the thought of going to ETSU makes me happy,” she said. “I really like the campus and there's a lot of stuff to do in Johnson City. It’s also familiar to me and I like the coaches there.”
Thrower Jeremiah Sullivan is continuing his career at Tennessee Wesleyan and he looks to go out in style for the Trailblazers, having qualified for the state meet next week, too. Sullivan has had quite a decorated career in three short years, winning the state indoor title in the 25-pound weight throw twice and owning three school records. Furthermore, he has broken the record in the discus — which had stood since 1974 — twice in the last two meets and has a personal best of 150-11. His other records include indoor shot put and the aforementioned weight throw.
Sullivan has also qualified for New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the hammer throw in June.
Alanna Cloud and Savannah Carter both signed with Tusculum. Cloud has been a four-year contributor to the cross country team and has competed in the last two state cross country meets, where the Lady Trailblazers finished 10th and seventh, respectively. She also earned all-region in the fall.
Carter is a sprinter on the track team and has been on several relay teams this spring for the Lady ’Blazers.
Other signings included Jonna Casey for girls basketball with Montreat, baseball player Ben Allen with Milligan and women’s wrestler Isabella Badon with Presbyterian College.