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Sherill to run with the Lions

Posted: May 27, 2012 - 12:09am
Evans' Erin Sherrill (center) signed her letter of intent to run track for Emmanuel College on Tuesday. Her grandfather Staten Heard (seated left), grandmother Sandra Heard (seated right), brother Emiel Sherrill and sister Emori Sherrill were there, along with many of her friends and coaches.  Photo by Scott Rouch
Photo by Scott Rouch
Evans' Erin Sherrill (center) signed her letter of intent to run track for Emmanuel College on Tuesday. Her grandfather Staten Heard (seated left), grandmother Sandra Heard (seated right), brother Emiel Sherrill and sister Emori Sherrill were there, along with many of her friends and coaches.

Erin Sherrill ran track in high school for just one year, and that was more than enough.

On Tuesday, the Evans High School graduate signed her letter of intent to run track for Emmanuel College in Franklin Springs, Ga.

“Signing with Emmanuel College, a private school, speaks to her athletics and academics,” said Evans head track coach Eric Watson. “We haven’t seen the best of her, but what she showed got her a track scholarship.”

For the Knights, Sherrill ran the 100-meter, the 200 and was the anchor on the 4x100 relay team.

Sherrill came to Evans in 10th grade from Troy, Mich., where she had torn a ligament in her left knee in eighth grade. She wasn’t ready to run until her junior year, but missed tryouts and set her sights on running this past track season.

She was looking at a few schools, and it ultimately came down to Mars Hill College and Emmanuel College. An official visit sealed the deal.

“I went to Emmanuel and fell in love with it,” Sherrill said. “I was really sold after I went to visit.”

And it wasn’t just one thing about the school that competes in the National Christian College Athletic Association that drew her in. It was everything.

“It was a Christian college, the coach was a very Christian man, the campus was real nice and they offered the classes I wanted to study,” Sherrill said. “I want to be a criminal investigator. Their criminal justice program looked like it was really good.”

While she has the summer to get ready for school, Sherrill could go at any time.

“I’m excited to go,” she said. “I can’t wait. Just to be able to do something I love: to run.”

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