ETSU gives Pisgah’s Hannah a bonus
CANTON — The athletic department at East Tennessee State University may want to set up a satellite office in Haywood County to make it easier to sign future local high school athletes.
One week ago, another local sports standout committed with the Buccaneers as Pisgah senior Hannah Warren signed a national letter of intent to run what is to be expected middle distance for the East Tennessee State women’s track team.
Several years ago, Warren made the decision to follow in the footsteps of her older sister Rachel Ratliff, who graduated from East Tennessee State and went on to law school.
However, she had thought track was never an option, until ESTU Head Coach George Watts saw her times in the 800 and 400.
Let’s just say Coach Watts didn’t have a problem selling her on East Tennessee State University.
“I already made the decision to follow my sister, graduate from East Tennessee State University and then go to medical school,” said Warren. “I never thought running track was an option for me. But Coach (Clint) McElrath sent Coach Watts my times from the conference meet and now I have the opportunity to run track in college. It’s just an added bonus and a dream come true. I’m so excited for this opportunity. Having this signing ceremony is something I never thought would ever happen to me. But it did simply because Coach Mcelrath believed in me and sent my times to the track coach.”
Warren, who runs the 400-meter (personal-best 1:03) and the 800-meter (personal-best 2:28), is also a member of the school record-setting 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relay teams.
“I am very proud of Hannah on signing with ETSU,” said McElrath. “She has always been a hard worker both in track and in the classroom. I wish her all the best in the next chapter in her life and we all believe she will have a successful running career at East Tennessee State.”