S-C’s Washington Accepts Scholarship to William Woods University
Smith-Cotton High School senior Jaren Washington has accepted athletic and academic scholarships to compete in track and field at William Woods University in Fulton.
Washington, the son of Ashley and Jonathan Washington, earned three varsity letters each in football, basketball, and track and field. He posted personal bests of 11.1 seconds in the 100 meters, 23.26 seconds in the 200 meters, 6.22 meters in the long jump and 12.68 meters in the triple jump.
Washington qualified for sectionals in track in long jump and triple jump (2021) and as a member of the Tigers’ 4x200 meter relay team (2022). In his senior year, he was named S-C football’s Offensive Player of the Year and earned Second Team All-District recognition as a wide receiver; his junior year, he was Second Team All-District as a defensive back.
S-C Track and Field Head Coach Charlie McFail said, “Jaren Washington has had a great track career here at S-C. He is a fun kid to coach. He has always worked hard to improve himself and his team. We will miss him next year, but I am looking forward to his future success in college."
William Woods Track and Field Head Coach Dan Schwab praised Washington’s athleticism, physical build and work ethic. He also is glad that Washington focuses on the “student” element of student athlete.
“It is really important to not have to watch over a kid at the college level and just know that he … has been very successful (at Smith-Cotton) with his academics,” Schwab said. “We know he will continue that trend at William Woods as well.”
In the photos: Smith-Cotton High School senior Jaren Washington has accepted athletic and academic scholarships to compete in track and field at William Woods University in Fulton. Seated with him are his parents, Ashley and Jonathan Washington; back, from left, are S-C Principal Wade Norton, S-C Basketball Head Coach Mike Franklin, William Woods Track and Field Head Coach Dan Schwab, S-C Track and Field Assistant Coach Matt Clark and S-C Athletic Director Rob Davis.
Smith-Cotton senior Jaren Washington competes in the long jump in the S-C Tiger Invitational meet April 26 at Tiger Stadium