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Two Carroll County athletes and one Blue Devil make their college plans known.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

Three more Twin County athletes have made their college choices and have committed to continue their athletic careers as Grayson County’s Olivia Wyatt and Carroll County’s Seth Burris and Lindsey Brumfield signed with their respective schools recently.

In Independence, Grayson County senior Olivia Wyatt signed with the Emory & Henry College cross country program.

Wyatt is the latest in a long line of outstanding distance runners for coach Lucas Austin at Grayson County, earning all-Mountain Empire District honors three times, an all-Conference 39 award and an all-Region C honor. Wyatt was also honored with a spot on the all-Region 2A West squad.

As a Blue Devil, Wyatt was a member of conference and Region C championship cross country teams that went on to place fourth and fifth in the state championships.

In track, Wyatt is a three-time all-Mountain Empire District performer and placed third in the region last year in the 3200 meters. 

Her 5K personal best time is 21 minutes, 8 seconds.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to compete at the college level,” Wyatt said. “I look forward to working with the coaching staff [at Emory & Henry]. I thank God and I’m thankful for the support of my family, teammates and coaches for the opportunity to continue my running career.”

The daughter of David and Diana Wyatt, Olivia Wyatt plans to major in art education at E&H and hopes to become a teacher upon graduation. She is very active in her youth group at Mountain View Baptist in Independence.

“Olivia is a very hard-working and determined young lady who is mature beyond her years,” said Austin. “She will be successful in whatever she pursues.”

Following an exodus of college-bound basketball players at Carroll County High School, the Cavalier baseball program has its second college commitment as Burris committed to Southern Virginia University in Buena Vista. The Knights are a member of the Division III Capital Athletic Conference.

Expected to be a mainstay on coach Joe Tompkins’ staff this year, Burris has carried an even heavier load on the mound with limited innings by Concord signee Reece Edwards.

The son of Ricky and Sarah Burris, Seth Burris leads the team in innings pitched by nearly a 2-to-1 margin, and while wins have been hard to come by this spring, he has more than held his own against some of the Cavaliers’ tougher opponents. As of Friday he was 3-4 in eight appearances, working 33.1 innings and maintaining a 4.20 earned-run average.

He was named all-Southwest District after going 4-2 as a junior.

At the plate, Burris has raised his average to .389 and provided the go-ahead RBI in the Cavaliers 3-2 win over 6A Patrick Henry on Thursday.

“Seth has done everything we could have asked from him on the mound,” Tompkins said. “He’s usually going to draw the tougher teams and we haven’t done a great job scoring runs for him, but I think he’ll be a real asset in college.”

Brumfield is the latest of just a handful of Carroll County girls’ soccer players to advance to the college level, and her coach, Wayne Edmonds, couldn’t be happier to see her sign with West Virginia Tech, an NAIA school in Montgomery, W.Va.

“This is special, and she’s a special girl,” Edmonds said. “She’s our sole captain and she’s done a great job. I’ve known her since she was a toddler so I’ve had the pleasure of watching her grow up.”

Planning to enter the pre-med program at West Virginia Tech, Brumfield is a midfielder for the Cavaliers, but Edmonds believes she has the offensive skills to be a capable forward for the Golden Bears.

“She has a beautiful shot,” he said. “She can bend it from just about anywhere on the field.”