Bob Jones senior Anna Gierow signed with the Tigers on a partial track athletic scholarship on April 22, weeks before graduation. James Clemens track star Joshua Burks signed with Auburn on April 16.
Gierow, who plays for the Bob Jones varsity soccer team and runs track, had her multi-sport situation highlighted by principal Robby Parker at her signing ceremony. Parker recalled a time when Gierow played the first half of a soccer game against Grissom, scored a goal and then rushed to compete in a track meet at James Clemens.
Gierow then rushed back over to finish out the soccer match.
“That is just the true essence of what Bob Jones is about,” Parker said.
The Patriots track coach, Brad Jefferson, also spoke fondly of Gierow despite coaching her for just this past year.
“There are some players you just can’t coach,” Jefferson said of Gierow. “It’s not because they’re stubborn or bull-headed; it’s because you become a fan after watching them play.”
Gierow, flanked by her parents Paul and Rhonda, read a prepared speech that thanked her teammates and coaches for helping her prepare. She also explained her initial reluctance to try track after playing soccer.
“After everyone telling me I run like an antelope, I thought, ‘Maybe it was time to try track,’” Gierow said.
The Bob Jones soccer and track seasons are on the wane, with playoffs and championships for both starting in the coming weeks.
By Nick Sellers | Staff Writer