Batesville native Grace Yeaton has signed a letter of intent to compete in cross country and track and field for Indiana University East starting with the 2014-15 school year, said Kyle Wright, assistant athletic director and sports information director.
Red Wolves coach Brett Crowley announced the signing June 24.
“We are thrilled to have Grace join this freshman class,” he said. “Grace joins two other very strong runners who will give us added depth and help us be more competitive, and I look forward to coaching her.”
Yeaton was home-schooled and competed in varsity athletics for Batesville High School. She helped Batesville’s cross country team qualify for the Indiana semistate meet in 2013. The student was a track and field regional qualifier in the 4x800-meter relay and 3,200-meter run this past spring.
Yeaton reports personal bests of 20:17 for a 5K cross country race and 12:08 in the 3,200-meter run.
The daughter of Steve and Cindy Yeaton plans to major in English.
“Close to home, good price, small school and running” were the reasons Yeaton listed for choosing IU East.
She joins Allie Kann, Triton; Hayley Rogers, Hagerstown; and Adam Klipstine, Arcanum, as the current signees in IU East’s 2014 cross country/track and field recruiting class.
IU East is an National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics program. The Red Wolf cross country and track and field programs have been represented at the NAIA national meet five times in six years of NAIA competition.