CARROLLTON, Ga. – After a successful 2018 campaign, the University of West Georgia Track and Field team has added 17 new athletes to the 2019 squad as a part of this year’s recruiting class.

Ten of the additions are from Georgia high schools while head coach Ryan Bailey also adds four transfer athletes and three out-of-state high schoolers.

In one of the newer events to the UWG program, the Wolves added Merica Valdez and Sydney Ross in the pole vault. Valdez, a transfer from Vincennes Junior College is a two-time NJCAA Outdoor and Indoor National Champion and a four-time NJCAA All-American. She is joined by Sydney Ross from North Gwinnett High School, who was a state qualifier in 2018 for the Bulldogs.

West Georgia added Aalayla Farr as a versatile athlete who can compete in the jumps as well as sprints. Farr qualified for the state meet in the triple jump as a sophomore and junior at Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, and placed in seventh as a junior.

Meghan Daniels will also join Farr in the jumps, coming to Carrollton out of Chapel Hill High in Douglasville. Daniels was a part of three Region Championship teams, and a member of the 2017 4x400 Class AAAA State Championship team.

In throws, the Wolves brought in Ravae Cox and Brandi Boddy, both out-of-state athletes. Cox is a product of Slidell, Louisiana and finished third in the LHSA State Championships in the shot put. Boddy is a transfer from Indiana Tech whose personal best in the shot is 39-7.

E’Myah Carter joins the Wolves out of Dutchtown High School and qualified for the 2018 GHSA State Championships in the 4x400m. A Westlake product, Arieaunna Terrell joins the Wolves after winning a pair of State Championships while at Westlake.

These athletes, along with several other newcomers and returners are on campus and conditioning this fall before opening the season in late February.

Complete List of 2019 Newcomers

Merica Valdez

Aalayla Farr

Arieaunna Terrell

Sydney Ross

Meghan Daniels

E’Myah Carter

Ravae Cox

Brandi Boddy

Tora Wright

Synia White

Toniece Jenkins

Mary-Elizabeth Jones

Deshalya Lumpkin

Mary-Collet Edozie

Genesis Reid

Kathlyn Peerman

Heather Lundi