CLEMSON, S.C. – Clemson University track & field head coach Mark Elliott announced the signing of Keco Morrison to the Tigers’ men’s program on Thursday, as well as the signings of Kori Carter and Nicolee Foster to the women’s team. Morrison is set to join Clemson this upcoming spring, while Carter and Foster will join the Tigers in the fall of 2019.
Morrison is set to enroll as a freshman this spring and specializes in 200m and 400m dashes. Morrison’s top performances outdoors include 21.55 seconds in the 200m dash and 47.41 in the 400m dash. His PR in the 400m dash would have been good for No. 2 on the team during the Tigers’ 2018 outdoor season. Morrison will also vie for a spot on Clemson’s 4x400m relay team, which won the 2018 ACC indoor title.
“Keco’s from Jamaica and specializes in the 400m and 200m, but he’s also going to be able to help us in the 4x400m relays,” said Elliott. “He’ll be a freshman coming in at mid-term and will help the team immediately. He’s someone who were looking to accomplish big things for us down the road. He has a lot of talent – a lot of untapped talent. That’s a big-time signee for the men’s program.”
Carter currently attends Nansemond River High School in Norfolk, Virginia and is a two-time Virginia High School League (VHSL) state champion (5A/6A) in the 100mH and 300mH. Carter won state titles in both events in 2017 and 2018. After winning the 2018 state championship in the 100mH, Carter registered her personal best of 13.49 seconds at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor two weeks later. Indoors, Carter also won VHSL championships in both the 55mH and 55m dash. Carter’s PR in the 55mH is 7.90 seconds, and 7.05 in the 55m straightaway.
“For Kori coming out of high school, I would say she’s one of the top U.S. hurdlers in both [events] – long and short hurdles. I think she’ll be a major contributor for us immediately. I also view her as one of our best signings since we’ve been here as coaches. For us to sign one a top high school hurdler like her, that’ tremendous for our program.”
Foster is set to transfer from Central Arizona College, a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) program based in Coolidge, Arizona. Foster swept both the 400mH and 100mH titles at the 2018 NJCAA Outdoor Championships. Additionally, she ran the top prelim time (8.44) in the 60mH and was the 600m runner-up at the 2018 NJCAA Indoor Championships. Foster set personal bests in both events in the spring of 2017 while in high school in Kingston, Jamaica. In the 400mH, Foster achieved her PR of 56.65 seconds before registering her personal best in the 100mH – 13.40 seconds – the very next day.
“Nicolee will be another great signee. She’s coming out of the junior college system and us coaches know how good she was in high school. She’s one of the best in both hurdles. With the PRs that she currently has, she’ll be a major contributor for us nationally and of course conference-wise as well.”
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