BANNER ELK, N.C. --- Joshua Hall and Dalton Tallent have signed a National Letter of Intent to participate on the Lees-McRae track and field and cross country team, announced head coach Ley Fletcher Monday afternoon.
Tallent set six school records at Robert L. Patton High School in Morganton, N.C.
He holds a school-best mark in the 400-, 300-, 200-, 100-, 60- and 55-meter dash.
The incoming freshman holds the record in the 400-meter dash in Burke County with a time of 49.38.
In the spring of 2015, Tallent won the 100- (11.12 seconds) and 200-meter dashes (22.75) at the Northwestern 3A/4A Conference championship. He also claimed gold while running a leg in the 4x400 relay.
In 2016, he won the 3A West Regional with a time of 49.57. His has personal bests of 11.08 in the 100, 22.44 in the 200 and 49.38 in the 400.
"Signing a guy as talented as Dalton will continue Lees-McRae's great tradition of having very talented 200-400 meter dash runners on our squad and will add great depth to our sprint core," praised Fletcher. "Dalton is a special athlete as well as a great student. It will be fun to watch him represent Lees-McRae College on and off the track."
He is the son of Phillip and Holly Tallent and brother to Tucker (20) and Bailey (12).
Tallent intends on majoring nursing.
Joshua Hall reigns from Ferguson, N.C. and a graduate of West Wilkes High School.
As a senior, Hall turned in a 52-second 400-meter time and he was the state runner-up in the 4x800.
In his 2015 cross country season, Hall finished ninth at the 2A West Regional Championship and finished 19th overall at the 2A State Cross Country Championships. He has a personal best of 16:54.43.
"We are very excited to sign local athlete to the team. Joshua has run consistently under 17 minutes for the 5K distance in cross country and run around the 4:30 mark for the mile and around 2:00 mark in the 800," said Fletcher.
He is a four-time all-MVAC representative.
"When I watch him race he reminds me a lot of the type runner Cody McNeely has become in the middle distance races. He has a lot range as he can race any event from the 800-meter run up and will add great depth to our young talented distance squad. We look for Joshua to have a bright future as a runner and a scholar at Lees-McRae."
Hall is the son of James and Lisa Hall and brother to Nathan (12).
He intends on majoring in athletic training.
LMC cross country opens the 2016 slate Sep. 2 in Boone, N.C.
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