NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont women's track and field is excited to announce the addition of five Bruins – Payton Barlow, Caroline Pruitt, Callie Freeman, Grace Maniscalco and Jaqueline Leeds - to the program for the 2017-18 campaign.
Of the five, two will become an integral part of the BU sprints squad. Barlow, a native of White House, Tenn. has clocked in at 25.66 seconds in the 200 and 57.00 seconds in the 400-meter races throughout her high school career. Freeman will join her in the 200-meter race, having turned in a personal-best time of 24.80 seconds while attending Jenks High School. The Tulsa, Okla. Product will also compete in the 100-meter dash, previously running the event in 12.12 seconds.
"Payton will be a great addition to our sprint group," associate head coach Cameron Harvey said. "She is still relatively new to track and has had a fair amount of success already. She shows the ability to run all the sprint events and will be a great addition to our relays. Her dedication to the sport and willingness to do whatever to help the team succeed will be a great asset. I'm looking forward to seeing her reach her potential over the next 4 years.
"Callie is a much-needed addition to our short sprints group. She's run mostly relays during her high school career, but is looking forward to running more open events on the collegiate level. Her sprint experience will be a great addition to both of our relays."
Pruitt will look to contribute to Belmont's hurdling events, having competed in the 100, 300 and 400-meter races. A product of Allen, Texas, Pruitt has turned in career-best times of 15-06 seconds in the 100, 44.26 seconds in the 300 and 1:05.57 in the 400 during her four-year running career at Allen High School.
"After 4 years of running Texas high school track Caroline will be well prepared for collegiate level competition," Harvey said. "She also had the benefit of being coached by a great hurdler in Belmont Alum Lizz Allen (Pollock) while in high school. Caroline will come in right away and be able to help us in both hurdle events and add depth to our relay teams."
For the throwing portion, the Bruins are looking forward to contributions from both Maniscalco and Leeds. Maniscalco hails from Chelmsford, Mass. and will be competing in the Javelin, having tossed a mark of 102'5" in high school.
"Grace has the potential to be a great javelin thrower, and I'm really excited to work with her," assistant coach Joe Frye said. "She's a good volleyball player and is a very well-rounded athlete so I think that will translate very well over the next few years. Both of her brothers were big contributors to our program, and I think she will continue the tradition."
Leeds comes to Belmont with a wealth of experience in the hammer throw. She is a native of Nashville, Tenn. and attended Stratford high school where she registered a personal-best mark of 120'4".
"Jackie comes in as someone who has been around the throws culture for a while now, with one brother throwing at Tennessee and the other at Troy" Frye said. "She's got a lot of raw talent and a great, hard-working attitude that will start to turn into big numbers once she spends sometime in the Belmont system."