With the state competition fast approaching, recent Bradley Central graduate DeShawn McCleary will be able to relax a bit knowing that his track and field career will be continuing on at Tennessee Wesleyan University.
“It feels pretty awesome. Hopefully I’ll bring something to the team that will take them a long way,” McCleary said at his signing.
According to Bradley Central coach Jeremy Rogers, McCleary has had a fantastic year, and should have many more to come.
“DeShawn has really developed and had a breakout year. His best days are still ahead of him, so Tennessee Wesleyan is getting a really good deal on signing him,” Rogers commented.
McCleary’s most favorable event is the triple jump. Just last week in the sectional competition, McCleary set a new personal best as he jumped 42 feet, 10 inches. McCleary also has a personal best time of 16:08 in the 110-meter hurdles.
It is McCleary’s triple jump and hurdling skills that first attracted the attention of Tennessee Wesleyan coach Shawn Jakubowski.
“I try to not let local talent get away if at all possible. His events, the triple jump and hurdling, are going to score me a lot of points at the conference level,” Jakubowski explained.
This past year marked Tennessee Wesleyan’s first year with a track and field team, and Jakubowski is looking to build on the success of the inaugural season with the addition of McCleary.
“This was our first year with a track program and we did finish runner-up at the conference meet, only losing by four points,” Jakubowski stated. “Having someone like DeShawn, who can score probably 10 to 15 points at the conference level, is the difference between first and second place.”