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2017-04-19 / Sports

Riley Slone signs with JSU

by Cheryl Helton


Coach Brent Patterson, mom Traci Cherry, and dad Dan Turner join OHS senior Riley Slone as he signs a track-and-field scholarship with Jacksonville State University. Coach Brent Patterson, mom Traci Cherry, and dad Dan Turner join OHS senior Riley Slone as he signs a track-and-field scholarship with Jacksonville State University. “And let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1 NKJV. These words are the drive behind Oneonta High School (OHS) senior Riley Slone’s motivation to always “finish the race.”

Last week, with the support of fellow track athletes, teachers, coaches, friends, and family, Slone signed a track-and-field and cross-country scholarship with Jacksonville State University ( JSU). At JSU, Slone will be competing in the 8K cross country event and hopes to compete in the 800 meters run and the 3,000-meter steeplechase track event.

Slone, a four-year member of the OHS cross country and outdoor track teams and a three-year member of the indoor track team, has had an impressive high school career. He has won numerous awards and holds OHS records for the 3- mile run, as well as being part of the team holding the 4-x-800 meter relay record.

Because he is not afraid of a challenge, Slone said his most prized track possession is the overall 1A-4A championship award he earned this past fall at the Randolph Classic 3.1 Mile Mud Race.

Brent Patterson, who has coached Slone for two years, described him as “mentally tough.” Patterson said, “We would be leaving practice and if he didn’t feel he had the workout he needed, he would keep practicing. He pushes his body to the limits everyday.”

Before making the transition to JSU, Slone has some unfinished track business for OHS.

During sectionals held later this month, Slone will be attempting to qualify for the state track and field finals in May in Gulf Shores. To qualify for state, Slone will need to finish in the top five at sectionals. He plans to compete in the 1- and 2-mile runs, the 4-x-800 meter relay, and 300-meter hurdles.

Slone is the son of Dan Turner and Traci Cherry and he jokingly is a 2017 OHS “hopeful” graduate.

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