2 Anson athletes headed to college

By: By Natalie Davis - ndavis@ansonrecord.com
Contributed photo Destiny Gayton, center, signs to run track for Lenoir-Rhyne University, joined by coach James Wall and her support system.

Anson High School seniors Will Dagenhart and Destiny Gayton signed to move forward and play sports at Methodist University and Lenoir-Rhyne University, respectively.

Dagenhart, who plays both baseball and basketball, has been playing for four years.

He was the high school’s Most Valuable Player for two years, named all-conference in baseball for two years and is a Methodist University Presidential Scholar, Wright Scholarship semi-finalist, and Wendy’s Heisman winner.

”It has always been my dream to play college baseball,” he said.

When asked what made him agree to sign with Methodist University, he said, “I like the coach, team, and most importantly the opportunity to play.”

He said that his parents and coaches were ecstatic at the news of him extending my baseball career.

Dagenhart wants to become a physical therapist.

“I thank my baseball team, coaches, family for their support during this journey, and most importantly God for making this possible,” Dagenhart said.

Gayton said that she started sports when she was little, and she became interested in track in 7th grade because she wanted to be like her father.

“When I first found out I was signing, I was very happy and I couldn’t stop smiling,” she said.

Gayton said that although she was hoping to get a full ride, she got enough.

“I agreed because I love track and I want to compete in college, so I figured I would compete for a school that wanted me,” she said.

Gayton said that everyone was happy for her, including her parents, coaches, teammates and teachers.

“They told me ‘great job’ and they knew that I could do it,”she said.

Academically, Gayton hopes to keep her grades up so she can run for LRU all four years. Athletically, she hopes to continue to get better and sprinting and jumping.

“I would like to thank my parents, coaches, teammates, teacher and coworkers for always supporting me and believing in me,” Gayton said. “Thank God for creating me and giving me the gift to be a successful track-and-field runner.”

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Contributed photo Destiny Gayton, center, signs to run track for Lenoir-Rhyne University, joined by coach James Wall and her support system.
https://ansonrecord.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/web1_sign2.jpgContributed photo Destiny Gayton, center, signs to run track for Lenoir-Rhyne University, joined by coach James Wall and her support system.
Dagenhart signs with Methodist, Gayton with Lenoir-Rhyne

By Natalie Davis

ndavis@ansonrecord.com