It’s not often the worlds of track and equestrian come together in the same place.

It’s not often the worlds of track and equestrian come together in the same place.

However, Thursday morning in Marietta was the perfect setting for just such an occasion.

Surrounded by their friends, families and coaches, both Zane Nutter and Dani Latimore each signed National Letters of Intent to continue their respective sports in college.

Nutter will be attending Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, where he will run track and field, while Latimore will be attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas to be apart of the women’s equestrian team at SMU. 

“It feels amazing to finally be able to say I have a place to call home for the future,” Nutter said. “I’m also really excited about competing at the next level and I’m just ready to get going on this journey.” 

As for Latimore, she was just as thrilled about making her college future official in Texas.

“I’m so thankful and extremely excited for this opportunity,” she said. “Equestrian is something I love doing and getting to have the chance to do it at SMU is really great. I’m looking forward to all the new opportunities that are going to be available the next four years for me.” 

Both athletes each had their respective reasons for choosing their colleges, but they both agreed their decisions had to do with feeling at home on campus.

“When I took my visit, I met with a few athletes and just felt a connection on campus,” Nutter said about OBU. “Coach (Mark) Heard was just such a great guy and I have so much respect for all the work he puts in. I really feel like it’s a great fit for me and that I’m going to become a big part of the family there at OBU.”

“SMU in itself is a very prestigious university,” Latimore said. “So the education is already second to none. I loved the campus, the atmosphere and especially my future teammates I met. The equestrian program has three amazing coaches who have really impacted the way the team excels not just in the arena but the classroom as well.”

Nutter’s resume at Marietta is filled with success in both track and cross country.

During his time as an Indians athlete, Nutter has been apart of three state cross country championship squads in 2015, 2016, and 2018, as well as last seasons state championship boys track team.

He’s also won numerous individual state championships including this past fall in cross country, as well as the high jump state title in Class 3A last season, among many others.

“The success I’ve had at Marietta has definitely prepared me for the next level,” Nutter said. “I want to compete for medals and national titles in college. I hope I’m lucky enough someday to claim one of those.”

Latimore also has her sights set on achieving some big goals when she heads to SMU.

“I love competition, so I’m really excited to see how the team comes together this fall,” she said. “I’m hoping were able to see our hard work pay off against some top schools, and maybe win some championships as well in the process. I’m also going to be learning a lot through this program, and that is very special to me. I firmly believe Marietta has prepared me for all the challenges I’m going to face in college at SMU.”

Latimore plans on majoring in some type of business degree.