In front of friends, family, administrators, and coaches, Alexander’s Jacob Giammarco signed his Letter of intent on Dec. 18 to compete on the cross country team at Point University. Giammarco was also looking at West Georgia but liked the fact that Point is a christian school.
Point offered the running sensation a partial scholarship that was both academic and athletic. The Skyhawks are an up and coming cross country program that has saw a lot of success on the women's side, but are still looking for that breakout men’s season. The Cougars are familiar with the school after Haley Johnson signed with them last year. Johnson was part of the girls Skyhawk team that finished 33rd at the NAIA Nationals.
The Skyhawks are led by third year coach, Mike Caldwell. Caldwell was hired in March of 2011 to start the program.
In 2012, Point joined the NAIA to compete in the Appalachian Athletic Conference. That first year, the women’s team finished second in the conference. The men finished seventh. In 2013, the men improved more than 100 seconds over the course of the previous year, but finished eighth. The women placed third.
This past season, the women’s team became the first in school history to reach the NAIA Nationals. The men once again finished eighth. While the men’s have not improved much in the standings, AHS coach Brian Robinson believes the team is starting to get better.
“They are starting to get some good boys’ runners now and I like Jacob’s choice,” Robinson said. ““Haley has liked the school and the training so I think he will also do great.”
Giammarco was a late bloomer on the AHS cross country team, bug Robinson said that he has never had a kid improve more over a one year span.
“Last year he broke the top ten, and had a decent performance during the track season, but I think he made up his mind over the summer that he wanted to be good,” Robinson said. “He worked a little bit harder and got better.”
Giammarco added that he had an “awesome experience” at Alexander and that he loved his coach.
“I throughly enjoyed it,” Giammarco said.
While at AHS, Giammarco was a member of First Priority and the FCA. He is still undecided about a college major. He will run the 8K in college, as opposed to the 5K he has grown accustomed to at the high school level.