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Josh Miller Signs Pole Vault Scholarship with Embry-Riddle

MACON, Ga. – Another FPD student-athlete has signed a national letter of intent for the eighth time in the 2015-16 academic school year.

On Thursday morning, May 5, FPD senior Josh Miller signed a national letter of intent with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Dayton Beach, Fla. to pole vault.

The signing marks the third this year for the FPD track & field program as Robby Watson signed with Southern Miss and Maggie Johnston inked a scholarship with Samford University earlier this academic year.

“We are all proud of Josh,” FPD head track and field coach Walker Middlebrooks said. “He embodies hard work all the time and never gives up on achieving a goal. He’s been a pleasure to coach in my first year working with the program.

Miller owns the school record in pole vault at 15-00.25, breaking his own record from 2015. That new record came this season at the Viking Invitational No. 2 on March 23.

He finished first in this year’s GHSA Class-A Area-1 Private Track and Field Meet with a vault of 14-06 and second at the GSHA Sectionals at 13-06.

Miller also holds the second highest vault for all classifications this season.

“I’ve been excited for this day for a very long time,” Miller said. “It’s really just come down to the climax of my track and field career. I’ve always wanted to vault in college. It was one of my dreams and it’s finally come true.”

Miller acknowledges that he still wants to leave a mark as a Viking at the GHSA Class-A State Meet before heading off to Embry-Riddle.

“I’d like to just finish well and I’d like to win state again,” Miller said. “I’d like to win it in all classifications and I have a good shot if I vault high enough.”

As to why Miller chose Embry-Riddle?

“I’ve always had an interest in planes and it’s an aeronautical based school,” Miller said. “It has everything to do with aviation and it looked really attractive to me and plus they want me to run track. It also helps out that it’s right near the beach.”

Other signees for the Class of 2016 include: Bo Fricks (baseball – Western Carolina), Robby Watson (track and field – Southern Miss), Brad Powell (football – Mercer University), Reggie Gantt (football – Stetson), Michael Durham (tennis – Auburn), Miller Durham (tennis – Kennesaw State) and Maggie Johnston (track and field – Samford).

FPD senior Dontrez Johnson is scheduled to sign a football national letter of intent with Walsh University (Ohio) on May 6 to make for the ninth signing for the Class of 2016.

Continue to check www.fpdvikings.com and @FPDVikingSports on Twitter for coverage of FPD athletic signings.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by following the Vikings on Twitter at @FPDVikingSports and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fpdathletics.

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