Written by David Mann
Five Darton College student-athletes are scheduled to sign National Letters Of Intent on Wednesday, which is the official fall sports signing day of the NCAA, and three have already transferred to NCAA programs after an exceptional 2011 season at Darton College.
Shashana Campbell, Darton College’s All-American student-athlete who led the NJCAA with 36 goals and 90 total points, plans to sign with the University of West Florida. Teammate Shelby Bush, who scored 33 season goals, is also scheduled to sign with UWF. Midfielder Brook Barton should be there to greet them, as she transferred to the DII powerhouse after graduating from Darton College in December with an exercise science degree.
Leesburg-native Kelly Polk and teammate Shenel Gall have chosen to sign with Louisiana Tech University. Lady Cavalier goalkeeper Sarah Story intends to sign with the University of Arkansas.
Defender Renee Hurd, of Pensacola, Fla., has transferred to join the Lindsey Wilson College program, and Taylor Benton, of Thomasville, has transferred to Thomas University.
Midfielder Rachael Hatch, of Leesburg, has chosen to attend Armstrong Atlantic State University.
“Seeing each of these young ladies move on in their academic and athletic endeavors is what makes hard work and commitment to excellence worth it.” Darton College head women’s soccer coach Ken Veilands said. “It’s important to note that the program is recognized around the country as one of the finest two-year institutions. That is a testament to all the teams that help contribute to our success and reputation.”
The Lady Cavaliers clinched the Region XVII Championship, the Southeast District Championship, and finished the 2011 season as national runners-up at the NJCAA Championships in Melbourne, Fla.
“You name it and this group has done it,” Veilands said. “From leading goal-scorer to All-Americans to Academic All-Americans and not to mention a trip to the National Championship game – they represent what a college institution strives for in a student-athletes.”