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Christiansburg High School signings on Wednesday included: (from left) Hunter Bolen,
Adam Anker, Maddie Padgett, Alec Henderson and Tyler Kuchan.
Christiansburg High School signings on Wednesday included: (from left) Peyton King, Gage Levine, Quinton Clayborne and Jesse Burleson.

It was a busy day for ink pens and family pictures Wednesday at Christiansburg High School as 13 student-athletes announced plans to continue their careers in college.


The signings took place at a very long table in the school’s gymnasium. Those planning to continue their athletic career included: Tyler Kuchan (track and field at William and Mary), Gage Levine (wrestling at VMI), Quinton Clayborne (football at Virginia State University), Jesse Burleson (softball at Winthrop), Hunter Bolen (wrestling at Virginia Tech), Adam Anker (golf at Roanoke College), Madison Padgett (track and field at Roanoke College), Peyton King (volleyball at Lynchburg College) and Alec Henderson (football at Concord).

After almost 20 minutes of introductions, the athletes took pictures with parents, grandparents and friends.

Kuchan will run both cross country and track and field at William and Mary. He plans on studying in the field of Kinesiology and Health Sciences with future plans of becoming a physical therapist.

He has run cross country, and indoor and outdoor track for the past four years, being named a captain this current season. Kuchan is a four-time all-state recipient, four-time Conference 32 Individual champion, the 2016 CHS cross country male runner of the year, and the 2016 indoor track MVP.

Levine took third place in this year’s 3A state wrestling tournament, helping to guide the school to another team championship He finished with a 29-8 record as a senior.

Clayborne was a second team all-conference offensive lineman this past season and was the 2016 Conference 32 men’s shot put champion.

Burleson has been a standout for the past four years at the school. She was first team all-conference and second team all-region this past season.

Bolen was team captain of the wrestling squad who brought home its 16th straight 3A title this season. He is a three-time state champion and finished 40-1 this year, being ranked fourth in the nation at 160 pounds. Bolen also took first place at one of the country’s most prestigious wrestling matches, the Beast of the East.

Anker is a four-year letterman in golf and was in the top 25 at the regional golf tournament.

Padgett just won the state indoor title for the high jump and looks for a chance in the outdoor. She has been a member of the indoor and outdoor track teams for the past four years.

King is a four-year starter on the varsity volleyball team and played for the Roanoke United National Volleyball all-star team for the past two years. This past season, she was a team captain, being named all-conference and the team’s most valuable player for her senior season.

Henderson is off to play football at Concord after being a starter on the varsity team at CHS for the past three years and was named first team all-conference 32 this past season. He had walk-on offers from Liberty, Richmond and Virginia Tech.

Blacksburg’s Jordan Shockley as made it official Wednesday by signing a letter of intent to play football at Bluefield College.

He has been a four-year player for the Bruins and played a significant role in helping the Bruins win the 2016 State Championship, seeing playing time on both sides of the football.