“I am excited to bring Yhorman to the team,” head coach Micah Ridley said. “He brings great experience for League of Legends and is a great player to build around. He also has experience being on traditional sports teams so he understands the ins and outs of working with a team, which is valuable in the emerging eSports scene at the collegiate level.”
Ridley noted Prieto stood out in the recruiting process through his commitment to better himself as a player and person. Ridley said Prieto’s willingness to listen and overall coachability were among his best qualities. He also noted Prieto will be a tremendous asset due to his flexibility, as he can play different roles and allow the team to have a more dynamic roster.
“Prieto works to sharpen his strengths and improve his weaknesses,” Ridley said. “He is self-motivated and wants to make those around him better. These are all things I look for in a player.”
Ridley joined Milligan’s athletics staff in January to launch the college’s eSports program.
“A diamond level player coming in as the first recruit sets a great tone for the upcoming season and the program’s recruiting effort,” said Ridley.
Track & field heading to nationals
Milligan’s 2018-19 athletic calendar closes next week with the track & field team competing at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.
Twelve Buffs have qualified, including senior Liz Maller as a multi-event qualifier in the hammer throw and shot put. Nine of the qualifiers are on the men’s side, led by freshman Rasheem Brown, who owns the NAIA’s top mark in the 110-meter hurdles. Brown was the indoor national champion in the indoor 60-meter hurdles.
Several other Buffs will have a strong chance at winning an individual national title. Nathan Baker (5k) won the indoor national championship in the 3k in 2018, Tim Thacker (1500 meters) earned the national runner-up this past indoor season in the mile and Tyler Bates (marathon) claimed third in the marathon at the 2018 national championships.
Rounding out the list of qualifiers are Andrew Burton, Cory Aulich, Eli Baldy, Hunter Lewis and Stephanie Coffey in the marathon, Tons Ferguson in the triple jump, and Gabrielle Mardis in the 3k steeplechase.