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By David Sharp
Nine time Missouri High School track and field state champion Asher Buggs-Tipton has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Wichita State University and participate in the Wheat Shockers Track and Field program.
Nearly three quarters of the stands of Green City High School’s basketball Gym were filled with Green City students and supporters. The senior basketball and track standout announced his college choice on January 5, 2024.
Asher Buggs-Tipton chose Wichita State over Missouri University at Columbia, Pittsburgh State, Weber State, Liberty University, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
“Wichita gave me the best offer, Their facilities are on par with the best of the best. They are getting a new stadium in the next year. They have been successful. Obviously the other powerhouse Division I schools are great. Wichita State has won conference back to back.”
“They have Houston in their conference. They are one of the best. Wichita State beat them out two years in a row.”
“It’s a blessing to be here and to have the opportunity, school and family here,” Asher Buggs-Tipton told the Milan Standard.
“Signing a Division I letter like this has been a dream since I was younger. I finally got to achieve that. Coach Rainbolt and one of my Coaches, Coach Vaughn were there supporting me.”
“They looked at me and saw that they could make me the best athlete. They believe I could go to the Division I level and participate and place in conference and go to the NCAA Championships. They saw they could build me from the bottom up.”
Steve Rainbolt is the head Track and Field Coach at Wichita State University. The Shockers are part of the American Athletic Conference. “When I went to Wichita, they really showed that they cared about me. It felt like home.”
Asher Buggs-Tipton burst on the Missouri High School Track and Field radar by winning all four events at the Class 1 State Track Meet his freshman season. Buggs-Tipton holds numerous school records in track and field. He participates in the 110 and 300m hurdles as well as the long and triple jump.
He told the Milan standard he would run in the 100m and 400m hurdles in college along with the long jump.
“Green City High School track and field coach Nick Edwards commented on Asher Buggs-Tipton’s signing. “Nobody deserves it more than Asher,” Nick Edwards said. “Showing up early, staying late. He wants to know what he needs to do to be better. He is talented. He works hard. That’s why he is as good as he is.”
“I just want to talk about his work ethic. He works harder than anybody in the school,” Nick Edwards said. “He is one of the hardest working high school kids I have ever met. He deserves it. I’m excited. With a kid like him, I can just sit back and enjoy myself.”
“Right now we are in the middle of basketball season,” Asher Buggs- Tipton said when asked about heading into his senior Track and Field season at Green City. “We have a good group of guys that can go out there and work hard. Going to state seems like a reasonable goal.”
“I have got to go in and work hard on days when I don’t feel like it,” Asher Buggs-Tipton said about the upcoming track and field campaign. “I have got to stay healthy. I think I have that under control.”