(BARBOURVILLE, Ky. - June 21) - Union College head cross country and track and field coach Jamie Jimison has announced the recent signings of six athletes to the programs.
Joining the Bulldogs were Tim Johnson of Bristol, Va., Brennan O'Quinn of Meadowview, Va., Johnny Barnes of Stone Mountain, Ga., Chris Roten of Lansing, N.C., Scotty Barnes of Cumberland Gap, Tenn., and Quinton Floyd of Bowling Green, Ky.
"It was an exciting day for our track and cross country programs," Jimison said. "It is refreshing to see the program growing and doing so with individuals of such remarkable character as these six young men."
Johnson, who graduated from John Battle High, will run on the cross country team as well as compete in the distance events in track.
"Tim is a strong runner with a tremendous work ethic. His dedication to the sport will enable him to develop into an excellent runner in the following years," the Bulldog coach said.
Like Johnson, O'Quinn will be a member of both the cross country and track teams, running the distance events in track.
"Brennan is coming off of an outstanding high school career, and is expected to be a top performer at Union. His work ethic and attitude should prove to be the foundations of a bright future," Jimison said of the Patrick Henry High graduate.
A Redan High graduate, Johnny Barnes will be a sprinter and compete in the jumping events on the track team.
"Johnny is talented young man with a tremendous future in track at Union," Jimison said. "His work ethic and dedication to the sport are strong indicators of his success to come."
Roten is a transfer from Appalachian State (N.C.) University. The Ashe County (N.C.) High graduate will run for both the cross country and track programs.
"Chris is an extremely gifted athlete with virtually untapped abilities," the Union coach said. "Because of his age and maturity, I expect him to assume a leadership role next year."
Scotty Barnes, a Thomas Walker (Va.) High graduate, will compete in the sprinting and jumping events on the track team.
"Scotty will be one of our top performers in the following years. His profound knowledge of the sport and evident leadership abilities will be definitive indicators of his value to this program," Jimison said.
A Warren Central graduate, Floyd will be competing in the throwing events on the track and field squad.
"Quinton is fine young man with limitless potential. He will be a key contributor to the success of this very young team," Jimison noted.
The cross country team will open its season on September 10 at the Centre College (Ky.) Invitational, while the track and field team will get its season started in the spring.