Philip Barbour's Dustin Williams, Celeste Kelly and Allison Villers Sign Across the Dotted Line
BARBOUR COUNTY -
The Philip Barbour cross country and track and field programs have both been among Class AA's most elite in the state over the years. On Thursday, a trio of Colts runners signed to continue their careers at the next level.
Dustin Williams chose to run cross country at WVU Tech. Williams will major in engineering, but did not anticipate continuing his cross country career in college, until the WVU Tech coaching staff confronted him about the idea.
"During the last cross country season, things just kind of lit up. They were saying, 'wow, where did this guy come from.' My coach is really looking forward to our group and he has a lot of expectations on me and the rest of the signees for the school this year," Williams said.
Celeste Kelly also signed her letter of intent on Thursday, deciding on staying close to home. Kelly will run track and field at Alderson Broaddus University next year.
Kelly will specialize in the hurdles event as a future Battler. She said the ABU coaching staff was confident in her abilities.
"He was telling me that my times will be good to qualify, so I'll get a chance to run and see how I do," Kelly said.
Allison Villers wrapped up the day by signing across the dotted line. Villers will participate in both track and field, along with cross country for the West Liberty Hilltoppers.
Villers admitted she will most likely specialize in the long distance events for the Hilltoppers. She said her time as a Philip Barbour Colt has taught her how to be successful.
"I've had good teammates and good coaches pushing me -- the motivation and just trying to get good. I'll be running this fall and I'll be running long distance," Villers said.