Beaufort track’s Glover heads to Benedict College
Beaufort High graduate Savionna Glover made a commitment to Benedict College’s track program last week.
A three-time triple jump state champion, Glover was one of the Beaufort senior class’ most accomplished athletes.
Beaufort track coach Herbert Glaze said she drew interest from colleges, including Florida State, Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State, before deciding on NCAA Division II Benedict.
Academics played a big role in her decision. Benedict offered a full academic scholarship.
Glover, who graduated with a 4.0 grade-point average, plans to major in sports management with a long-term goal of becoming a trainer.
“I took sports medicine in high school and I liked it and it was pretty easy for me,” she said. “At first, I thought I was going to get into culinary arts, but since I like sports so much, I figured I’d pick something where I can be around sports.”
Benedict coach Frank Hyland started following Glover’s track results in February and reached out to Glaze. Glaze and Glover visited the campus, which she said was a selling point.
“They actually have a big campus and the people are friendly,” she said. “I liked the training room and that’s really why I picked (Benedict).”
The Tigers have won three consecutive Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles.
“I’m not really sure what events coach is going to have me do right away. He might put me on relays, but I think it will be the long jump and triple jump and the 100 meter,” she said.
“I’m not necessarily expecting a lot to happen this year because I know there’s a lot of progressing to do transitioning from high school to college, where everything is totally different. I’m just looking to learn new things and get better at everything.”
Glover jumped right into the college experience Wednesday with move-in day and track practice starting immediately. Her former coach believes she’s well-equipped for the journey.
“She’s going to be a great asset to the program,” Glaze said. “She’s really going to enjoy her four years at Benedict because she’s an outstanding young lady.
“She has natural leadership abilities. She’s always encouraging others because she believes the more she pushes her peers to the top, the closer she gets to the top.”