Maryville’s Chaney signs with Vols

Maryville High School senior Jordan Chaney signs a National Letter of Intent with the University of Tennessee on Tuesday. With the Chaney at the high school are, seated, grandmother Gwen Beam and mother Kristin Pryor. Standing, left to right, are Maryville assistant track coach Nick White, stepfather Jeff Pryor, father Kevin Chaney, holding Chaney’s sister, Gracie Pryor, and Rebel track coach Mac Pickle.

Maryville High School senior Jordan Chaney signs a National Letter of Intent with the University of Tennessee on Tuesday. With the Chaney at the high school are, seated, grandmother Gwen Beam and mother Kristin Pryor. Standing, left to right, are Maryville assistant track coach Nick White, stepfather Jeff Pryor, father Kevin Chaney, holding Chaney’s sister, Gracie Pryor, and Rebel track coach Mac Pickle.

Maryville High School senior Jordan Chaney signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Tennessee on Tuesday, realizing a long-held dream.

When the Rebel track and field distance specialist entered the high school’s Ruby Tuesday to make it official, Chaney said it was moment that would stay with him forever.

“It was awesome,” he said. “I walked in there knowing it was something I would never forget.”

Chaney said the Vol coaching staff was looking for him to specialize in the 1500-meter run, but that was before the Maryville speedster tore off a personal-best time of 1 minute, 54.3 seconds in winning the 800 at the Vol Track Classic a week ago. Chaney credited work with the Rebel cross country team last fall with reducing his time on the track, a dual sport role he hopes to continue at Tennessee. Chaney’s best for 5 kilometers, the distance for collegiate cross country events, is 15:35, rivaled by an equally swift time at 1600 meters of 4:19.

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