Local athletes faring well at college
Published 12:00 am Saturday, April 14, 2007
A handful of Roanoke-Chowan athletes are finding collegiate success in the spring.
From seniors to freshman, the student-athletes who continue to be successful in spring sports at the college level are playing baseball, softball, golf, tennis and track.
Senior Brian Burton is already a three-time letterman at Guilford College. The Hertford County High School graduate is playing outfield for the Quakers.
Burton has played in nine games this season at Guilford and is hitting .269 with seven hits and three runs scored.
He has a slugging percentage of .423 and has received four walks.
As a sophomore, Burton was an All-ODAC selection and was the starting designated hitter for most of the season. He is also a four-time member of Guilford’s Student Athlete Honor Roll.
Burton was a four-year letter winner at Hertford County High School where he played under Head Coach Brandon Hodges. He also played for Ahoskie American Legion Post 102.
Hertford County High School graduate Jaslyn Grullon is competing for the second season for East Carolina University in Greenville.
The sophomore is a sprinter and hurdler for the Pirates after playing four seasons at HCHS.
Grullon has recorded one of the top times of the year in the 100-meter hurdles for the Pirates. She posted a time of 15.75 while finishing tenth in the Shamrock Invitational.
She has two of the top times in the 400-meter hurdles. She had a time 1:09:69 in while finishing fourth at the Wake Forest Invitational and 1:09:74 in finishing 34th in WCU Invitational.
In the recently completed Indoor Track Season, Grullon posted a time of 8.82 in the 55-meter hurdles at the Sykes-Sabook Cup.
Sophomore Catherine Outten is in her second season of starting at Sewanee, the University of the South.
This season Outten is both playing first base and catching for the Tigers. She is doing both jobs well, according to first-year coach Emily Cline.
“She playing first and catching for us and doing a great job defensively,” Cline said. “She has a good on-base percentage.
“Catherine has provided strong defense in a couple of different positions,” she added. “That has been her strength this season.”
Outten’s season statistics were not available as of press time Friday due to a computer glitch at Sewanee.
During her tenure at Lawrence, Outten played second base for the Warriors. She was a two-time All-State performer in softball and was chosen twice as a member of the All-Roanoke-Chowan Softball team.
She was also a member of the All-Roanoke-Chowan Volleyball Team where she was named Best Offensive Player.
Two other Lawrence Academy standouts have found success in college during spring sports.
Jacob Harrell is in his freshman year at Elizabeth City State where he has started at the catcher position.
Harrell has a .324 batting average during the 20 games he has played in this season. He has scored 21 runs and has 24 hits that include four doubles and a pair of homeruns.
He has a .459 slugging percentage and is 3-for-3 on stolen base attempts.
Harrell was a four-year starter at Lawrence Academy and was named Best Defensive Player on the All-Roanoke-Chowan Baseball Team as a senior. He was also named All-State.
Dusty Todd is an infield who has been converted to right field during his freshman season with the Elizabeth City State University Vikings.
He is hitting .370 on the year and has started 25 games. During that time, he has scored 25 runs on 34 hits that include six doubles, two triples and three homeruns. He has 23 RBIs.
Todd has a .459 on-base percentage and his slugging percentage is .576.
During his year’s at Lawrence Academy, Todd was a two-time member of the All-Roanoke-Chowan Team and was named All-State as well as Tarheel Independent Conference Player of the Year.
Lyndal Brown, a graduate of Northeast Academy, is a freshman tennis player at Barton College in Wilson.
During her initial college season, she has posted a pair of wins as a singles player and combined with a partner to go 6-8 in doubles action.
Brown’s biggest singles win came against Jenna Simpson of Lees-McRae, where she won the number four seed match 6-0 and 6-2. Her other singles victory was a 6-1, 6-2 win over Johnna Jacobs of West Virginia State.
In doubles, action, Brown has combined with Krista Cedeno to secure four wins and combined with Meaghan Lynch to win two additional matches.
Brown was a four-year starter for the Eagles at Northeast Academy and was chosen three times as a member of the All-Roanoke-Chowan Tennis Team. She was also a member of the All-Roanoke-Chowan Softball and Basketball teams.
Ridgecroft School graduate Michael Edwards is a freshman playing golf at Chowan University in Murfreesboro.
Edwards has played all seven rounds the team has played this season and has shot a combined 695 with a low round of 88.
He is fourth on the team in total score.
Edwards was a member of the Second Team All-Roanoke-Chowan Basketball Team during his senior season at Ridgecroft.