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BHS track and field standouts share same college interest

Though stressing it’s only a coincidence, Bearden senior track and field athletes Jenny Randolph and Jonathan Williams will remain teammates in college.

And they made it official at a join signing ceremony in the BHS East Mall in April, both signing National Letter of Intent papers with Lipscomb University of Nashville.

Randolph — a distance specialist who finished fifth in the state as a freshman in the 3200-meter run, then fourth as a sophomore — said it was a “nice coincidence” to be joining Williams at Lipscomb.

As for why she chose this NCAA Division I college, “When I visited, the team was just really welcoming and really close — I could tell — and I really liked that,” she said. “It kinda reminded me of our team. The coach impressed me a lot, and just the campus and the size of the school.”

Randolph, 18, is also a two-time All-state honoree in cross-country, finishing eighth as a junior after an 11th-place showing as a sophomore.

As for Williams, one of the area’s top 800-meter runners who qualified for state last seasons as part of the BHS 4 X 800 relay team, “I fell in love with the campus,” he said. “I got to hang out with the team a lot. I liked how close they were.”

Considering math and teaching-related majors, “I’m thinking about being a math teacher,” Williams said.

In cross-country, the 18-year-old also qualified for state as a sophomore and junior.


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