Danville's Miller signs with Benedict College

July 22, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Shatoniah Miller wanted to continue her track career in college. Benedict College offered her that opportunity.

The Danville senior has signed a track scholarship with the historically black Division II school in Columbia, S.C.

"I wanted to run," Miller said. "They were the school that gave me a scholarship."

Miller said she also considered attending Western Kentucky and Tennessee State, but when the scholarship offer came through, it was too good to pass up.

Miller qualified for the state meet in four events last season and medaled in all of them. She was third in the 100 hurdles (16.05 seconds) and the triple jump (33 feet, 3/4 inches), fourth in the long jump (15-9 1/2) and seventh in the 300 hurdles (50.31 seconds).

She said she'd like to focus on the 100 hurdles and the two jumps in college, but that that will be up to the coaching staff at Benedict.


Miller said she is undecided as to what she wants to study in college, but she does want to stay involved with athletics, possibly through something like sports medicine.

The biggest change for Miller will be not having her family around her. Her parents were vocal at all of her athletic competitions, and Miller said going to South Carolina on her own is a daunting thought.

"I'm scared," Miller said. "They've always been there, and it's going to be different. I'm nervous more than anything, really."

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