Track and field: Wilson’s Acey Calhoun chooses N.C. State over LSU

May 12, 2014

Wilson’s Acey Calhoun bears down on the finish line to win the 200-meter run in the DCIAA track championships on May 23, 2013. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Last September, Wilson senior Acey Calhoun believed he would spend his next four years with the LSU track and field program.

But Calhoun waited, taking the time to evaluate all of his options. After visiting North Carolina State a month ago, Calhoun became intrigued at the possibility of ending up in Raleigh. And when the time came to make a decision, Calhoun decided that N.C. State was the best fit for him, and signed his national letter-of-intent with the Wolfpack’s track and field program.

“I actually had a very tough decision between LSU and N.C. State, and a lot of other schools,” Calhoun said. “But with N.C. State, I liked the environment and it’s not too far from home. Also, I’ll be able to play football.”

Other schools that expressed interest in Calhoun were Clemson and Ohio State.

N.C. State offered a full scholarship for Calhoun, which was a big plus for the Wilson product. He’ll continue to run sprints at N.C. State. The Wolfpack will also give Calhoun the opportunity to walk on to the football team.

Calhoun is confident he can help the Wolfpack, which placed 10th in the ACC outdoor championships in April, gain ground in a competitive conference.

“I like the fact the track program is in a building process,” he said. “When I get there, I plan on making the program better.”

Kelly also heading to N.C. State

Joining Calhoun with the Wolfpack in the fall will be Theodore Roosevelt runner Abdur-Rahmaan Kelly, who signed with N.C. State to run track.

This past winter, Kelly won individual titles at the DCIAA Indoor Championships in the 500 (1:07.83), 800 (2:06.83), 1,600 (4:42.10) and 3,200 (10:28.27). The mid-distance events are his specialty, as Kelly has posted the best 400 (48.52) and 800 (1:54.48) times in D.C. this outdoor season, according to track and field Web site DyeStat.com.

Kelly makes it three area track athletes to pledge to N.C. State, with Calhoun and Elizabeth Seton’s Javonne Antoine being the other two.

Diggs picks George Mason

Another Wilson track athlete made her college decision as well.

Senior Deonna Diggs announced she has signed with George Mason. This outdoor season, Diggs has posted the best District time thus far in the 100-meter hurdles, clocking in at 14.60 seconds during a preliminary race at the Draper Invitational on May 3.

Diggs said the close-knit feel at George Mason, which won the Atlantic 10 outdoor title on May 4, was a big draw.

“They just felt like family, honestly,” Diggs said. “When I got there, I clicked with the coach and with the teammates instantly. I felt I was at home. It felt like I had known them my entire life.”

Carter to Florida A&M, Oyewole to Brown

Two of Long Reach’s senior leaders have decided where they’ll run track and field in college.

Hurdler Robert Carter chose Florida A&M and sprinter Tosin Oyewole committed to Brown. Both won individual titles at the Howard County Championships on Tuesday.

Carter, who spent much of the outdoor season injured with a shoulder sprain, won the 100 hurdles (14.31) and set a Howard County Championships meet record in the 300 hurdles (38.95). He said the Florida A&M coaching staff did a good job making him feel like a part of the team when he met them.

“When I visited, everything was like home,” Carter said. “I loved the team atmosphere. They’re a competitive team. I feel I’ll be a good addition to the Rattlers.”

Oyewole, who tied the county meet record in the 200 (21.49), said he chose the Ivy League school so that he’d have a fallback option outside of track and field.

“Academics were a big part,” Oyewole said. “If I get injured in college, or if track doesn’t work out, I’ll be set at Brown.”

Madison’s Calem signs with Rice

Madison senior Matthew Calem had at least three things he was looking for in a college destination. He wanted to be in a warm location, attend a great academic school and have the opportunity to run cross-country and track.

James Madison's Matthew Calem is heading to Rice. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) James Madison’s Matthew Calem is heading to Rice. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

By recently signing with Rice, located in Houston, he’s set with all three. Calem chose the Owls over Virginia Tech.

Calem reached out to Rice first, and once his 1,600 time got down to 4:16.89 at the VHSL state indoor championship, Coach Jon Warren began showing interest.

“When I visited the school, the campus was just gorgeous,” Calem said. “The academics were superior to any other school I was looking at. And they gave me a pretty generous scholarship, so the financials were a big part of it too.”

Green stays local with American

Loyalty is a big trait for Douglass senior Terrell Green.

It’s one of the main reasons he chose to run at American University in college. During his junior season, Green was barely recruited, with American the only team showing interest in him. Green, who won the 1,600 at the Prince George’s County Championships on Saturday, decided to stick with the team that showed interest in him from the start.

“Last year when I was overlooked a lot, I didn’t receive a single college letter — not one call, not one text, not one letter,” Green said. “The only piece of mail I got was from American University. The only one, and they talked about a particular race of mine they liked. They don’t want me for my times. They want me for my heart and work ethic. I want them for the same things. They’ll work with me every day. They won’t give up on me.”

Forsyth heading to Colorado, Musselman to walk on at Virginia Tech

This fall, Severna Park senior Ryan Forsyth will join Colorado’s track program, which won the 2013 NCAA cross-country championship meet.

Forsyth, who will join the Buffaloes as a walk-on, chose Colorado over Penn State and Purdue.

Fellow Anne Arundel County runner Brent Musselman, a South River senior, accepted a walk-on position with Virginia Tech, where he’ll run cross-country and track. On Wednesday, Musselman set a county record by running 4:15.64 in the 1,600.

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