Hobbton track and field’s Bradley Gurrola and Dany Garcia-Soto officially became college-bound athletes by signing their National Letters of Intent on Tuesday in the Hobbton High School Library.
Bradley Gurrola, a senior thrower, will be competing for UNC-Pembroke, while Dany Garcia-Soto, a senior mid-distance runner, will be competing for Mars Hill in the Fall of 2016.
Both student-athletes have been instrumental parts to the program’s success over the years. Most recently, both athletes helped the Hobbton Men’s team claim the County Championship and the Carolina 1A Conference Championship. By claiming the Outdoor Conference Championship this spring, both athletes are apart of the program’s first triple crown: Cross Country Champs, Indoor Champs and Outdoor Champs (all recorded this 2015-16 school year).
After the signing, Bradley stated, “First I want to give my thanks to God, without him none of this would even be possible. I’d like to give thanks to my whole family and Coach Klaves for supporting me throughout my whole journey at Hobbton High School. I never thought I’d be in this position to be competing at the college level of track and field, but I’m thankful for all these opportunities.”
Dany added some wise words of, “Fear is an illusion. You either run and forget everything or face everything and rise. I’m ready to learn and competing in the next stage in my life.”
“Both student-athletes are high character kids and I have been proud to lead them,” remarked Coach Klaves, Hobbton’s Head Coach. “Bradley and Dany put the count at three total student-athletes that will be competing at the next level as Hobbton’s very own Samson Bradsher was the first last year. Mars Hill, UNCP and UMO are lucky to have these quality young men.”
Next up, the Hobbton track and field program will compete at the 1A Mideast Regional Championships on Saturday, May 14th at Heidi Trask High School. Athletes have the opportunity to advance to the NCHSAA State Championships by placing top 4 in their respective events.
Currently, the Hobbton men’s program is ranked top 5 in the state of North Carolina. Bradley Gurrola ended with saying, “I’m ready to close it out with a regional and possibly a state championship. Our team has been working extremely hard this season and we’ve really been pushing each other to the max. A State Championships is not out of the question, we just have to keep pushing.”
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