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Ross Announces 11 Additions To 2023 Signing Class

Ross Announces 11 Additions To 2023 Signing Class


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee head coach and director of track & field Duane Ross has announced the addition of 11 talented student-athletes—six men and five women—to the program’s 2023 signing class.
 
“We’re excited about this first recruiting class,” Ross said. “As I said when I took leadership of this program, the mission is to contend for a NCAA Championship every year. In order to do this, we have to have a foundation of student-athletes who aren’t afraid to put this team on their shoulders and go to war. I believe we nailed it perfectly. I’m extremely excited about our new family.”
 
The group of 11 standouts features eight Americans and three international athletes, combining for 13 national championships, 13 state titles and numerous All-America and All-State recognitions. Three signees will join the Big Orange in January and be immediately eligible for 2023 competition: four-time high school national champion Cheyla Scott, three-time NCAA All-American Rasheem Brown and French U23 national team member Clément Ducos.
 
A complete breakdown of Tennessee’s 2023 signing class, including relevant personal records and notable accomplishments, can be viewed below.
 
Aron Alvarez Aranda
Bloemfontein, South Africa
Event: Throws
PRs:

  • Discus (1.75kg) – 60.99m / 200-1
  • Discus (1.5kg) – 63.46m / 208-2
  • Shot Put (5kg) – 16.08m / 52-9.25
  • Hammer Throw (5kg) – 60.05m / 197-0

Notables:

  • Ranked No. 1 on the 2021 U-18 World Athletics list in the 1.5kg discus throw with a lifetime-best heave of 63.46m (208-2) to win gold the U-18 South African Championships
  • Qualified for the 2022 World Athletics U-20 Championships in the discus (1.75kg) and finished 11th in the final, throwing 59.36m (194-9)
  • Ranked 12th in the world in 2022 in the men’s 1.75kg discus with a season-best heave of 60.99m (200-1) at the ACNW Open T&F Meeting
  • Repeated as national champion in the discus at the 2022 U-20 South African Championships (57.34m / 188-1)
  • Accompanied his 2021 discus national title with a bronze medal in the hammer throw (5kg) at the U-18 South African Championships, throwing 58.44m (191-9) in the final

 
Seth Apple
Leipsic, Ohio (Leipsic HS)
Event: Throws
PRs:

  • Discus – 54.28m / 178-1
  • Shot Put – 15.73m / 51-7.5

Notables:

  • Ranked No. 3 in Ohio and No. 27 in the country for the Class of 2023 in the discus
  • Finished 9th in the discus at the 2022 OHSAA D3 State Track & Field Championships with a throw of 49.73m…

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