Nov. 16, 2016
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech women’s track and field head coach Alan Drosky announces his six-athlete signing class on Wednesday afternoon.
Nicole Fegans, Lizette Galarza, Kendria Edouard, Corrie Smith, Ebony Forbes and Hana Herndon will come to The Flats in fall of 2017. Four of the six will also compete on the women’s cross country team in the fall season before competing in the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.
“We’re really happy with the group of women who will be joining our program next fall,” said Drosky. “Each of them brings their own abilities and attributes and will have a tremendous impact right away. Beyond their athletic talents, they are outstanding academically and of great character. I think the thing that stands out most to me across the board is that they are all very aggressive and they want themselves and our program to be great. So it’s not just their own set of skills they bring to our team, but their collective attitude will be instrumental in moving our program forward.
“Nicole and Liz will make a huge difference right away in cross country and in the distance events on the track. Corrie and Hana have great potential and will grow into strong contributors. Kendria is an excellent addition in the long sprints and middle distance area, as well as on relays. She will make an impact very early in her career. And Ebony is a perfect fit for Coach Nat Page, she is talented and the best is yet to come for her as an athlete.”
Douglasville, Ga. – Landmark Christian
Nicole Fegans will join both the women’s track and field and cross country teams. In high school, Fegans raced career best times of 17:39 in the 5k for cross country, 5:00 in the 1600m on the track and 10:41 in the 3200m. The Douglasville native finished first at the 2016 Georgia 1A Private XC State Championships. Fegans won the 2016 Georgia XC Meet of Champions in November with a time of 17:43.86 and leading Landmark Christian in a win at the meet.
Coach Drosky says: “Nicole is the total package, she’s very talented, has great range, and is a very aggressive competitor. She knows herself really well, keeps everything in balance, and maintains a level head in the most heated of competitions.”
Lizette “Liz” Galarza
Cumming, Ga. – West Forsyth HS
Liz Galarza will compete on both the women’s cross country and track and field teams when she arrives on The Flats. The Georgia native finished second at the 2016 Georgia Meet of Champions with a time of 17:56.95, just two seonds shy of her career best in the 5k of 17:54. Her best times on the track include 5:17 in the 1600m and 10:58 in the 3200m. Galarza also finished first at the 2016 Georgia 7A XC State Championships.
Coach Drosky says: “Liz has great strength and is a very tough competitor. She races with tremendous poise and is able to execute her race plan while under a lot of pressure.”
Douglasville, Ga. – Chapel Hill HS
Kendria Edouard comes to The Flats as a middle distance runner. In high school, her best times include 55:15 in the 400m and 2:16.37 in the 800m. At the 2016 Georgia 5A Track and Field State Championships, the Douglasville native finished third in the 400m. Edouard placed second in the 400m at the 2016 Georgia Track and Field Meet of Champions.
Coach Drosky says: “Kendria has incredible talent and potential in the long sprints and middle distance events. She competes hard, has solid technique, and a ton of desire.”
Alaina “Corrie” Smith
Atlanta, Ga. – Lakeside-Dekalb HS
Corrie Smith will race both cross country and track and field for the Yellow Jackets. The Atlanta native recorded a time of 5:04 in the 1600m and 11:00 in the 3200 on the track. In Cross country, she raced a career-best time of 18:54 in the 5k. She finished 7th in both the 1600m and the 3200m at the 2016 Georgia 6A Track and Field State Championships.
Coach Drosky says: “Corrie is very talented and is fun to watch compete. She is aggressive and gritty, and she has a whole lot of potential to make great progress in college.”
Covington, Ga. – Newton HS
Ebony Forbes will join the jumps and hurdles group for the Yellow Jackets. She holds career-best marks of 14.93 in the 100m hurdles and 5-2 in the high jump. At the 2016 Georgia 6A Track and Field State Championships Forbes finished sixth in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.97.
Coach Drosky says: “Ebony is a very talented athlete with tremendous untapped potential. She and Coach Page will be a great team and she will develop into an outstanding collegiate competitor.”
Orlando Fla. – Winter Park HS
Hana Herndon comes to The Flats from Orlando, Fla to compete for both the women’s cross country and track and field programs. She recorded career-best times of 5:06 in the 1600m and 11:08 in the 3200m on the track. In cross country she raced a time of 18:29 in the 5k. The Orlando native finished fourth in the 3200m at the 2016 Florida 4A Track and Field State Championships.
Coach Drosky says: “Hana is talented, hard-working, and a fighter. She is experienced, knows her strengths, and will come into her own in college.”