Krips signs with Methodist University

Nathan Ham | Jefferson Post – Taylor Krips (center) is joined by her parents Mark and Deanna Krips, cross country head coach Shane Greene (back row, left) and track head coach Alex Rollins (back row, right) as she signs to compete in both sports at Methodist University.

WEST JEFFERSON — Recent Ashe County High School graduate Taylor Krips has signed to run cross country and track at Methodist University

Krips started her senior campaign as one of the top cross country runners in the conference and ended up finishing 13th overall in the 2A Midwest Regional, just missing a qualifying spot for the state championship meet.

The senior continued her running success with the return of the indoor track program. Krips competed in the 1600-meter distance run but also ran in the 55-meter dash and the 300-meter dash.

Krips added to her versatility during the 2015 spring sports season by helping out the women’s track team in other events besides adding to her long-distance success in the 1600. Krips ran in the 100-meter dash, 400-meter dash and the 800-meter run throughout the year that helped the Lady Huskies finish second place overall in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.

Krips joins a women’s cross country program at Methodist that placed sixth last year in the USA-South conference.

Methodist hired a new head coach to guide the cross country program (Jack Brunecz) while last year’s head coach, Roland Whiting, will solely focus on coaching the track and field teams. Whiting had been coaching both programs since 2012.

Brunecz comes to Methodist after being the head coach at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville from 2010-14.

Krips will run track under Coach Whiting as well.

Methodist has not announced its 2015-16 cross country or track and field schedules.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

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