ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio track and field has signed eight future Bobcats to the program. The Green and White would like to welcome Payton Grigsby, Alaya Grose, Jocelyn Knauss, Autumn Mohan, Lauren Parrell, Briahna Sark, Halie Sciury, and Rachel Simpson to the Bobcat family, head coach Clay Calkins announced this month.
"We are excited about the future of Ohio Track & Field, coach Calkins said. "We believe these ladies will be great contributors in the years ahead."
Grigsby lettered in cross country for three years and track for four years at Wadsworth High School under coaches Matthew McConnell and John Burton. Lists her personal bests as 5:13 in the 1600m, 2:18 in the 800m, 11:42 in the 3200m, and 19:13 in the 5K. She was named team captain from the 2016-2018 seasons. Grigsby received several awards First and Second Team All-Conference awards for cross country and track throughout her career as well as Athlete of the Week awards in local newspapers and radio stations.
Grigsby is the daughter of Jeff and Tina Grigsby and has one sister, Paige, and one brother, Cole. She plans to major in Psychology/Art to become an art therapist.
Grose lettered in track for four years at Mansfield Senior High School under coach Tyree Shine. She was named track and field team captain for the 2016-2017 season. Grose was earned MVP, First Team All-Conference, All-Ohio, and the Coaches Award during her 2014-2017 career and was a state finalist for the 100m hurdles, 4x100, and 4x200 relays from 2015-2017. She currently holds her high school's record in the 100m hurdles with a time of 14.37.
Grose is the daughter of Ali and Antoinette Grose and has one sister, Joslyn, and six brothers, Ali, Tyrell, Angelo, Aveon, Jaiden, and Anthony. Plans to major in Criminology.
Knauss ran cross country for four years and track for two years at Strongsville High School under coach John Syroney. She was named cross country captain during the 2017 season. Throughout her high school career, garnered First Team All-Conference awards in 2015 and 2016, MVP in 2016, Most Improved Runner in 2015, and was an individual regional qualifier in 2016. Knauss currently holds the record for the 3200m with a time of 11:08.60.
Knauss is the daughter of Sharon and Mark Knauss and has two sisters, Gabriella and Hanna. Plans to major in Biological Sciences to become a Physicians Assistant.
Mohan ran cross country and track for four years Unioto High School under coach Liza Elliot. She was named captain the cross country team in 2017 and the track and field team in the 2017 and 2018 seasons. She was awarded the Academic All-Ohioan 2016 and 2017, qualified for state eight times and made it to the podium four times throughout her career, helped her team to become three-time conference and district champions and regional runner-ups once. Mohan currently holds her high school discus record at 138' 1" and also the record in the weight throw.
Mohan is the Daughter of Kerry and Shawn Mohan and has two younger sisters, Abbey and Addison, and one younger brother, Macklin. Plans to major in Exercise Science to obtain a doctorate in physical therapy.
Parrell ran cross country and track at Brighton High School under coach Kristi Matuszewski. She posted three personal-bests in the 2015 season clocking a 2:22 in the 800m, a 5:19 time in the 1600m and an 18:46 in the 5K and she clocked an 11:06 in the 3200m in the 2017 season. She was named cross country team captain in 2017 and track team captain in 2018. She helped her cross country team become state runner-ups in 2015, conference champions in 2014, and regional champions in 2015, 2016 and 2017 seasons. Parrell received several accolades throughout her career including multiple First Team All-Conference, First Team All-County and First Team All-Region awards in cross country and track.
Parrell is the daughter of Eric and Heather Parrel and has one older brother, Connor who currently runs cross country for Ohio. Plans to major in nutrition to become a dietician.
Sark lettered in track at Lancaster High School under coaches Aaron Henwood, Kevin Miller, and Heather Powers. She earned the MVP Throws in 2016 and 2017 and was named All-OCC for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, as well.
Daughter of Bret and JoLena Sark and has three sisters; Brittany, Brienne, and JaciLynn; and one brother, Braeden. Plans to major in Psychology.
Halie Sciury | Sandy Valley High School | East Sparta, Ohio
Sciury lettered all four years in track under coach Jason Calkins at Sandy Valley High School while also playing soccer all four years and football for one. She was named First Team IVC for the 2015 and 2016 seasons; Second Team All-County, All-Academic Ohio, and placed eighth at the indoor meet at state in the long jump in 2016; and placed fourth in long jump at the state meet in 2017. Sciury currently holds the school long jump record at 17' 8" and the IVC Conference record as well as the 4x400m school record of 4:13.04 both posted in 2016.
Sciury is the daughter of Joseph and Susan Sciury and has one older brother, Dakota. She plans to major in Marketing to acquire a position with a sports team in the marketing department.
Simpson earned four varsity letters for track at Port Clinton High School under coach Seth Benner and Phil Fought. Competed in 60 track meets and counting and was named the throwing team captain her junior and senior season. In her junior year, she was named Throws MVP.
Simpson is the daughter of Jennifer and William Simpson and has one brother, Dylan. Plans to major to become a defense attorney.
Ohio track and field returns to action for the 2017-18 indoor season this week as they travel to the Marshall Opener in Huntington, W. Va. on Dec. 7.