Spartanburg distance runner Evie Tate commits to Clemson track program

Tate was state Class 4A cross country runner-up at Spartanburg High

Spartanburg High's Evie Tate (Photo by Michael Justus, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Independent Mail coverage partner)

Spartanburg High's Evie Tate (Photo by Michael Justus, Spartanburg Herald-Journal, Independent Mail coverage partner)

Evie Tate is going to keep on running.

The Spartanburg High senior has verbally committed to Clemson for cross country and track beginning this fall. She chose the Tigers over College of Charleston and Boston College.

Tate was the 4A state and Spartanburg County runner-up, as well as the Region II-4A cross country champion. She posted a personal best time of 17:58.93 at the state meet and won the region title by 26 seconds with a time of 18:53. She was also the Region III-4A champion and finished seventh at the state track and field meet in the 1,600 meters last year.

Tate plans on majoring in the health field and is excited about joining the ACC school.

“I just decided it was always my dream to run for some big, huge Division I college,” she said. “I decided to go after my dream. Clemson just had everything I was looking for, and I really like the coach.”

Tate will run both indoor and outdoor track for the Tigers. She will run a 10K indoors and the 2,000 meters outdoors. She is hopeful to contend for more hardware, while preparing herself for college once spring rolls around.

“I want to win an individual and team state championship,” Tate said. “I’m putting in the work and putting in goals. Individually, I just really need to stay on top of my game come May.”

Tate said her decision came down between Clemson and Boston College. She added that the College of Charleston wanted an early commitment but she didn’t feel ready to make her pledge.

“(Boston College) is a private school, so it’s definitely more expensive,” Tate said. “With in-state money, I can add more to athletics. Even though I like Boston a lot, I like Clemson more. It was the best and smartest decision for me.”

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