An internationally acclaimed pole-vaulter and a local sprint state champion headline eight new Tennessee track and field signees.
Jacob Blankenship of Blacklick, Ohio, won the bronze medal in the pole vault at the 2011 IAAF World Youth Championships in France.
Blankenship has since raised his personal best to 17 feet, 6.50 inches and has won the 2012 New Balance Indoor national championship.
Emily Yarnell of Hardin Valley High School is the defending Class AAA state champion in the 100 meters at 12.08 seconds. She was runner-up in the 200.
Four other signees will join the Lady Vols.
Chelsea Blaase of St. Joseph, Ill., won the Class A state cross country title last fall in a state-record time of 17:12.
Alexis Panisse of Bellerose, N.Y., has won the state title at 3,000 meters and finished top six in the 5,000 and the mile at the New Balance Indoor Nationals.
Felicia Brown of Ellenwood, Ga., has top-10 national rankings in the 200 and 400 sprints.
Cassie Wertman of Holland, Ind., is ranked No. 4 nationally in the shot put and has won a state title in the discus.
Cameron Brown of Ravenwood High School in Franklin, Tenn., joins the men's throwing squad. He has a top-5 ranking in the indoor weight throw and a hammer best of 195-6.
Michael Libruck of Watervliet, N.Y., was a first-team all-state cross-country selection and has a best of 4:23.66 in the mile.
"We covered a lot of different areas with these young men and women,'' said J.J. Clark, director of track and field.
"These signees … are very important because they should allow us the chance to put points on the board.''