CLEMSON, S.C. — Head coach Mark Elliott and the Clemson track & field program added four student-athletes from the 2017 signing class. Illana Jamison, Kamryn Macintosh, Deonte Tolbert and Harleigh White all signed national letters of intent with the Tigers in the early signing period.
Macintosh (Suffern HS • Suffern, N.Y.) won state championships in the 600 and 800 meters, setting a national high school record in the latter with a time of 1:28.78 in 2015. Macintosh was the 2015 New Balance Indoor national champion in the 400 as well. She was the No. 2 runner in the 800 in all of high school in the 2015 outdoor rankings.
“In all the years I’ve coached, Kamryn will come in with times similar to (2015 NCAA champion) Natoya Goule,” Elliott said. “That shows how potentially impactful she can be to our program. Her range is very rare, in that she can help our sprints and relays as well. She’ll be a mainstay in our 800 along with Ersula Farrow, who was All-ACC as a freshman last year. We’ve added great depth in that area. She was also top 20 in New York state’s cross country championship, so her range is tremendous.”
White (Huntingtown HS • Huntingtown, Md.) was a 2016 New Balance All-American in the outdoor triple jump, placing sixth overall. She was also the state of Maryland’s champion this past spring.
“Harleigh has jumped 19 feet in the long jump and over 41 feet in the triple,” Elliott said. “We lose Iana Amsterdam and Anasterasia Terrell to graduation next spring, and she’s a great replacement for us. She’ll come in and have an immediate impact, and that’s a great signing for us.”
Jamison (Woodward Academy • Atlanta, Ga.) was a AAAA all-state performer in the discus and was also sectional bronze medalist in the shot put. She is the daughter of former Tiger basketball great Harold Jamison, who played at Clemson from 1995-99 on three NCAA Tournament teams.
“Illana is all about Clemson,” Elliott said. “She possesses great talent, and once it’s harnessed the right way and developed in our program, she’ll have an impact for us in the future.”
Tolbert (Auburn HS • Auburn, Ala.) is a two-time all-state performer in the 60 meters, and was the 2015 indoor state champion in the 400 as well. Tolbert ranked No. 2 nationally among the class of 2017 in the outdoor 400 last spring.
“Deonte has range from the 60 to the 400,” Elliott said. “With us losing someone like Michael Cheeks, a versatile senior, it’s a great sign to replace him on the men’s team with someone like Deonte.”
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