Long County track star Ja’Nya Bryant signed scholarship papers Wednesday to run for Kennesaw State University next year.
Bryant, who never competed at track until she was a freshman in high school, becomes only the second female from LCHS to earn a track scholarship to a Division I school.
Bryant, who was joined by several friends and family members at the signing, said she was grateful for being given the opportunity to join the KSU program.
“It feels good and I’m honored to be able to be a part of the Owl nation, she said. “I’m very blessed.”
Bryant, who was offered three other track scholarships, said that she selected KSU because it seemed like a perfect fit.
“I went to the campus and just loved the coaches and staff, it just felt like home, so that’s where I chose,” she said.
Bryant’s parents, Marlayna and Julius Bryant, said they were proud of their daughter.
“I’m excited,” Marlayna Bryant said. “But she’s my first born, so I’m also nervous, but this is a great experience and I’m just so happy for her.”
Julius Bryant said, “I’m also excited and very happy for her, she’s put in a lot of work and made many sacrifices over the last three years to get to this point. I told her if she worked hard and stayed humble, great things would happen. I’m really proud of her.”
In addition to her parents, friends, teachers, coaches and other family members called the track star a positive role model.
Long track coach Deshon Brock said the signing was a wonderful occasion for Bryant and the school.
“Ja’Nya is a consummate professional,” Brock said. “She excels on the track and also in the classroom. Her professionalism is a testament to the values of her parents. Ja’Nya is one who makes it happen due to her hard work, her drive and her sacrifices.”
Bryant will compete in both 100- and 200-meter races for the Owls.
Brock said she has consistently posted good times in these races, including an 11.97 in the 100 and 25.18 in the 200.
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