Draughn Severt signing

Draughn senior Jonah Severt on Wednesday signed with Montreat for track starting next year. Flanking Severt on the front row are his mother Tammy (left) and father Paul Severt. Standing (from left) are Draughn athletic director Dillon Sain, Severt's grandfather Richard Williams, Severt's girlfriend Kristine Pittman, DHS track coach Jonathan Dameron, Severt's brother Andrew and DHS assistant coach Steve Shuping.

VALDESE — A sports junkie who says he can watch ESPN all day, Draughn senior Jonah Severt figured his TV viewing would increase with his playing days over after recently completing the spring track season for the Wildcats.

Instead, Severt will get a fresh start in the sport next year at Montreat after signing with the Cavaliers on Wednesday.

Severt took a trip to Montreat in March with his older brother by one year, Andrew, who was interested in attending starting in the fall. The two will room together this coming semester.

“I decided to go with my brother to see the school because he was interested. I hadn’t had any thought of (participating in track) in college,” Severt said.

“I’m not necessarily the top guy out there (in track), I’m more of a team guy. But I met their assistant coach, and after that he texted me and asked me if I was interested. I was a little hesitant at first and didn’t know if I’d be ready for it. But he gave me a good pitch on the phone and I decided to see what I could do there.

“I just really liked the Black Mountain area and the campus. It’s very pretty. I also like the Christian-based atmosphere.”

 Severt ran the 100 and 200 meters at Draughn, with his best times being 12.1 in the 100 at the conference finals this spring and 25.9 in the 200. He said he figures on more action in the 200 early at the next level with “plenty of training” before running the 100 in college.

“I think the 200 is probably my best fit for the team,” he added.

The Valdese native ran outdoor track each of the last three years and did indoor track in the winter as both a sophomore and junior at DHS after playing baseball as a freshman. He was in marching band in the fall.

“His work ethic makes him successful,” Draughn coach Jonathan Dameron said. “He’ll do whatever the team needs him to do, and that’ll be the same in college. He’s a pleasure to coach, great Christian young man, and I’ve enjoyed having him the last three years. We’re excited he’ll be at Montreat. I think that’s a great fit for him.”

Severt said he will major in business management and after college, hopes to catch on with a pro sports organization.

 “I’d like to thank Coach Dameron and Coach (Steve) Shuping for all their help, not just the coaching aspect but helping me mature into the man I am today,” Severt said. “I’d also like to thank my parents — they’re the ones at the forefront — as well as my grandfather, my girlfriend and my brother. They all helped me get where I am.”


Paul Schenkel can be reached at pschenkel@morganton.com or 828-432-8950.

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