NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Belmont Men's Track and Field program announces the addition of four student-athletes for the 2017-18 season: Cole Marvin, Ryan Sheldon, Calvin Widener, and Bobby Willingham.
Mason, OH – Mason HS
Cole was the 2017 Great Miami Conference Champion in the discus and finished fifth at the Southwest District Meet.
Coach Joe Frye on Marvin -- "Cole is a discus specialist with a lot of upside. As soon as we get some size on him, he's going to see his marks take off. He is very technically sound, and he'll fit right in here at Belmont."
Discus, Shot Put
Anchorage, AK – Grace Christian Academy
At the Alaska 1A-2A-3A State Championship last month, Sheldon was the State Champion in the discus throw and finished second in the shot put. He also helped his Grace Christian squad finished second overall.
Coach Joe Frye on Sheldon -- "Ryan is this really big guy from Alaska who also didn't have a lot of time with the throws as a high school athlete. He also has to travel hours to compete in cold and rainy weather, so I'm really excited to see how he will develop in the South with a structured program and a good environment."
Discus, Shot Put
Elmhurst, IL – York HS
Widener was a four sport athlete at York High School. During his senior season, he was the West Suburban Silver Conference Champion and DuPage County Champion in the shot put.
Coach Joe Frye on Widener -- "Cal is a really exceptional athlete who got into the sport just a few years ago. The fact the he's throwing this far in his second year is huge, and it projects really well in the transition to the heavier college implements. He's thrown the shot further than any other recruit in Belmont history, so he'll be key in trying to replace what we've lost this year in our senior class."
Nashville, TN – CPA
Bobby has finished in the top-three in the pole vault at the last three TSSAA Class A-AA State Championship, including winning a state title in 2016 as a junior.
Coach Cameron Harvey on Willingham -- "Bobby is a fantastic vaulter with a lot of upside. He's had his eye on Belmont for a while now, and I'm so happy we could make it work. He'll be effective at the conference level right from the start, and he'll be a great training partner for Braden for the next few years."
The men's track and field team finished second at the OVC Championship last month, their best finish at a conference championship in program history. Three athletes earned conference titles: Del McSpadden (hammer throw), Caleb Corprew (400 meter hurdles), and Nate Nammour (400 meters).