Fusco set to vault at ETSU

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JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Eighteen months ago, Aaryn Fusco had never participated in the pole vault.

But now the 2013 Draughn High graduate has literally vaulted his way to the next level.

Fusco, the 2013 Coach Tate Scholarship winner who placed second in the Catawba Valley 2A Conference, third in the 2A West Regional and fifth in the 2A state track and field championship meet in the pole vault event last spring, recently signed on to participate in the event (and a few more) at East Tennessee State University, where he enrolled this fall.

Fusco said he had participated in sprinting and jumping events for three years at East Burke Middle School and then from his freshman year at Draughn until his junior year. He was also a member of coach Robert McGimpsey’s Dynamic Speed Kinetix Track Club.

But he wanted to participate in track at the collegiate level and said he thought this would be the avenue.

“I wanted to make it to state really badly,” Fusco said. “But more than that, I wanted to get to the next level. After the season ended last year, I came up and visited and really loved the campus, the student life, the attitude from the people I met, the atmosphere.

“It felt like it was the best place for me. … I think they’ve won three conference championships too, so you’re not just on any track program, but one that’s used to success.”

In addition to track, Fusco played football with the Wildcats until his sophomore year and also played three years of basketball. He will now become the third Draughn alum to participate in track at the NCAA Division I level, joining Adam Manns (East Carolina) and Christian Carswell (Western Carolina).

Fusco’s intended major of exercise science also made ETSU the right choice.

“They are an Olympic training site,” he said, “which means we’ll get a lot of work with some of the best athletes in the world.”

ETSU coach David Johnston said he was excited to have Fusco on board. He plans to use Fusco as a multi when the indoor season starts on Jan. 18. The outdoor season starts in March in ETSU’s last year in the Atlantic Sun Conference before the re-join the Southern Conference.

“We were in touch with Aaryn over the summer, we checked him out athletically and had a good report,” Johnston said. “He’s got a great mind, is very motivated, is strong and can jump. Those are all certainly qualities I’m looking for. He’s already training with us.”



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