Clayton State Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Announces 2017-18 Signing Class

Clayton State Women's Cross Country and Track & Field Announces 2017-18 Signing Class

MORROW, Ga. - Clayton State head women's cross country and track & field coach Mike Mead has announced the addition of 11 individuals for the 2017-18 seasons.

LYNNET KOSGEI: 5-6, Gillette, Wyo. (Gillette College)
Kosgei brings two years of collegiate running experience to the Lakers following her time at National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) power Gillette College.

In 2015 she was a member of a Pronghorns' cross country team that qualified for the Division I National Championships. In that event she posted a 5k PR of 20:37.70 to finish 87-of-304. She would go on to lead GC to the NJCAA Half Marathon National Championship that same season as she finished ninth overall (1:30:12.00).

In both indoor and outdoor track & field, she would specialize in distance events, including qualifying for the 2016 NJCAA National Championship in the 5,000-meters and 4x800-meter relay. That year she also finished fourth in the 5,000-meters (20:29.35) and sixth in the mile (6:00.21) at the NJCAA Region XI Championships.

AMETHYST SMITH: 5-4, McDonough, Ga. (Ola High School)
Smith comes to Clayton State as a local product from Ola High School. While she did not compete for the Mustangs, she did gain valuable experience at the club level.

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TYRA ALLEN: 5-1, Winder, Ga. (Clarke Central High School)
Allen competed in track & field for CCHS and was also a cheerleader for both football and basketball. As a senior, she qualified for the State Championships in the 4x100-meter relay after placing fourth at Regionals. Additionally, she competed with Club Nitro.

SHOCKERA BETTY: 5-8, Tallahassee, Fla. (Univ. of Mobile)
A one-year member of the University of Mobile track & field program, Betty moves from the NAIA ranks to NCAA Division II. She competed in only one indoor meet but saw action in three meets and seven events during the outdoor season. She notched a personal best of 9.81 meters in the triple jump and mark of 13.10 in the 100-meters during that campaign.

ABIGAIL CAMPBELL: 5-6, McDonough, Ga. (Eagles Landing High School)
A true freshman, Campbell was a four-sport athlete for the Chargers, competing in softball, basketball and track & field for four years and soccer for two.

Not just a member of those teams, she was a successful contributor. Campbell, then known as Tessa Rogers, helped ELCA to three straight Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Championships in softball in her final three seasons. Additionally, she won back-to-back GHSA individual shot put state championships as a junior and senior.

As a sophomore she helped guide the Chargers to a State Championship in track & field and was part of a GHSA basketball Final Four team.

DALANIA CLARDY: 5-5, Riverdale, Ga. (North Clayton High School)
A hometown product, Clardy comes to the Lakers from North Clayton High School. She competed in both track & field and basketball for the Eagles and will do the same for the Lakers.

As a senior she helped NCHS basketball to Region 4-AAAA and Clayton County Championships while earning Clayton County Public Schools (CCPS) Atlanta Journal Constitution All-State Honorable Mention and CCPS AJC All-Metro Second-Team. She also scored her 1,000th career point in 2016-17.

A three-time All-County selection, Clardy averaged 14.0 points3.4 assists, 8.1 rebounds and 5.1 steals as a senior and 17.4 points, 3.8 assists, 8.9 rebounds and 6.5 steals as a junior. She was also named Clayton News-Daily Player of the Week as a junior and won the Region 4-AAAA triple jump and long jump as a senior. As a sophomore she qualified for the Georgia State High School Association (GHSA) State Championships.

JHADE HAYES: 5-8, Land O'Lakes, Fla. (Hillsborough C.C.)
Another track & field and basketball product that two Laker programs will benefit from, Hayes comes to Morrow, Georgia after two years at Hillsborough Community College in Florida.

A thrower, Hayes competed in track & field for two years at Land O'Lakes High School. She earned Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) 3A District 7 championship in the shot put and runner-up in discus as a senior. The previous year she notched a 3A District 7 championship in discus and was runner-up in the shot put.

On the court, she played in all 30 games for HCC, starting 23, while averaging 10.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.3 steals. She registered double-digit scoring 15 times, including surpassing the 20-point plateau four times.

She would put up a career-high 27 points against Onondaga and 25 points with nine boards the game before at Santa Fe. In her sophomore season she averaged 5.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists and played in 26 games with 23 starts.

CHAVIYA JACKSON: 5-4, Albany, Ga. (Lee County High School)
A three-year member of the Lee County High School cross country and track & field teams, Jackson helped LCHS to a track region championship as a senior. Individually, she earned a region championship in the 4x100-meter relay as a senior and runner-up honors in the 4x400-meter relay as a junior.

BIANCA KAMARA: 5-1, Lilburn, Ga. (Parkview High School)
Kamara competed all four years for Parkview High School's track & field program and earned the 7A Region 7 Championship in the long jump as a senior in 2015.

Throughout her career she competed in both jumps and sprints, registering a personal best of 5.18 meters in the long jump and time of 27.50 in the 200-meters in her final campaign.

JASMINE RADFORD: 5-9, Lawrenceville, Ga. (Shorter Univ.)
Another transfer, Radford brings Division II experience from a year at Shorter University.

While with the Hawks last season she ran in three meets and seven events during indoor, including a personal best in the 200-meters (25.96) at the UAB Vulcan Invitational. She also notched a PR of 4:07.37 in the 4x400-meter relay at the BSC Panther Indoor Icebreaker.

During the outdoor season, Radford competed in three meets and six events. One of those was at the Emory Classic, which saw her finish 4-of-21 as part of the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 48.59. She also set a PR of 16.00 in the 100-meters at the Gulf South Conference Championships and was named to the GSC Honor Roll with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

NAKEVIA RUTLEDGE: 5-4, McDonough, Ga. (Ola High School)
While Rutledge is another Ola High School product, she competed there just one season. During that year she set PR's of 26.68 in the 200-meters and 59.31 in the 400-meters.

Prior to OHS, she was part of cross country and track & field programs at Miami Carol City High School as a junior and the track & field team at Marietta High School as a freshman and sophomore. During her career, Rutledge has also seen action in 100- and 300-meter hurdles and 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays.

Head Coach Mike Mead on the 2017-18 Signing Class
"For cross country, we only add two to the roster but both can make a significant impact to the team this fall. Lynnet brings college experience running at the junior college level for the last two seasons and should complement our veterans. Amethyst is relatively new to cross country but she showed potential last year in her lone season at Ola."

"In track & field, Jasmine and Shockera are experienced transfers who will make an impact in our women's sprint program this season. The rest of our track newcomers will be experiencing college track & field for the first time. Nakevia will help us in the 400-meters and 4x400 relay. Abigail could potentially break our shot put record and viefor a conference title in the spring. Tyra, Bianca, and Chaviya will give us much needed depth in the spring events and help us in other areas."