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Wentzville Track Standouts Sign National Letters of Intent

Athletes from Timberland and Holt will be competing for Wisconsin and Louisiana State.

On National Signing Day, Feb. 6, Wentzville Patch brought you the stories of two Wentzville School District Seniors who signed their National Letters of Intent:

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Here are two more:

Josh McDonald, Timberland

Timberland High School senior and reigning Class 4 State Discus Champion Josh McDonald has committed to throw for the Badgers of Wisconsin in Madison, WI. With his mother Dena and father Tim by his side, McDonald signed his National Letter of Intent at Timberland High School.

“I choose Wisconsin because of their academic success and their great reputation,” said Josh, who has a 3.6 GPA and scored a 25 on the ACT. “On the athletic side, they have great throwers on the track team and it’s a great conference for my events so everything fit perfectly.”

In 2010 McDonald was the GAC North Champion in the discus, and in 2011 he won the Sectional Championship. Last year in his break out season, McDonald finished 6th at State in the shot put, won the State Discus Title, and also recorded the second longest discus throw in Missouri high school history. “I’d like to set a state record in the discus, that’s my ultimate goal for my senior season, and I would love to be an Olympian one day.”

Nataliyah Friar, Holt

Holt High School senior and reigning Class 4 State Triple Jump Champion Nataliyah Friar has committed to jump for the Tigers of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. With her mother Danita Evans by her side, Friar signed her National Letter of Intent at Holt High School.

“When I visited LSU I could actually picture it being my home for the next four years. The first day coaches could call in July, LSU coach Todd was the first coach to call me,” said Friar. “It’s always been my first choice, but I didn’t want to rule out everyone else, LSU is just where I wanted to go. Coach sent me a letter with the countdown to the Olympics, the months, days and hours, that’s really where I want to go.”

In 2011 Friar was the long jump and triple jump state champion, and in 2012 she successfully defended her state title in the triple jump. She is also the two-time USA Track and Field Junior Olympics national triple jump champion. With all of these accomplishments, Friar still has a few goals left for her final high school season. “It’s my senior year, and I really want to break the state long jump and triple jump records.”

(Information and photos provided by Wentzville School District.)

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