CORNING - Another Corning runner signed a letter of intent Tuesday as Jayla Skeete penned her intentions to continue her career at Division II Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester.


“This is so amazing, it’s so exciting,” said Skeete of signing. “It’s such a special moment for me to just experience this with all of my close friends and family. Really great day for me.”


As soon as Skeete stepped foot on the Roberts Wesleyan campus in Rochester, she knew it was the place for her despite also considering Division I programs like Penn State and Binghamton.


“The minute I walked on campus, I knew it was the place for me,” said Skeete. “It felt like home. Just the atmosphere, the people, it just really felt like the right place for me.”


Distance was a factor, which is why Skeete decided to stay relatively close to family and friends.


For the Corning Hawks running program, Skeete is a 4 time State Qualifier and a four-time National Qualifier. Jayla was part of the Sprint Medley Relay team that ran to a New Balance National Championship.


Jayla is also a 4 time All American Relay Runner. She is a 2 time 4x800 Medalist. Jayla also medaled twice in the 4x400 relay. She has won the STAC Championship in the 400, the 4x800 and the 4x400.


Being a part of the wildly successful program that has produced multiple athletes that have gone on to run in college motivated Skeete to reach the next level.


“I had some amazing teammates before me and during the time that I was here,” Skeete said. “That really encouraged me to be the best person I could be and athletically. I think that’s what pushed me to get to the next level and encouraged me to continue to run.”


Skeete plans to run in the mid-distance group for Roberts next year as well as compete in cross country, indoor track as well as outdoor track.