Herd Track/Cross Country Programs Add 13 Signees
Marshall bolsters rosters with athletes from six states and Europe
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall track and field and cross country coach Jeff Small announced Friday the addition of 11 recruits to the women's track and field and cross country rosters, and also added two signees in men's cross country.
Small announced the newcomers for 2015-16 on Friday. All have signed National Letters of Intent or Institutional Financial Agreements. The list includes athletes from six states and The Netherlands. Five signees are West Virginia high school seniors.
"I think this is a solid recruiting class for the Herd," Small said. "We have really improved our teams' strength in the throwing events, which has been our biggest weakness the last few years. (Throws coach) Travis Coleman did a great job bringing in several recruits that will really help us at both the Conference USA and the national level.
"We have improved our depth in the jumps, multis and distance with this class and we feel that Elisabeth Paulina will be a great addition to our sprint group and can have an impact at the national level as well. The thing I like most about this class is these kids are all great students from great families, and will be first-class representatives of Marshall University.
"Nick Schmidt is the fastest 2-miler (9:19 indoors) I have ever signed at Marshall University, while Daniel Green has unlimited potential. So, I feel very good about our men's cross country class as well."
A look at the 2015-16 Herd track and field/cross country signees (listed alphabetically):
Men's cross country
Daniel Green (Mercersburg, Pa.) -- James Buchanan HS ... Personal best of 15:55.00 for 5K
Nick Schmidt (Davison, Mich.) -- Davison HS ... Personal best of 15:45.60 for 5K
Women's track and field/cross country
Audrey Barber (Hurricane, W.Va.) -- Hurricane HS ... Multis ... Personal bests of 14.97 in 100 hurdles, 16-10 in long jump
Sarah Bever (Parkersburg, W.Va.) -- Parkersburg HS ... Hurdles/jumps ... Personal bests of 5-5 in high jump, 15.09 in 100 hurdles, 46.12 in 300 hurdles
Hasana Clark (Raleigh, N.C.) -- Southeast Raleigh HS ... Throws ... Personal bests of 45-3 in shotput, 147-7 in discus
Adriana Cook (Coal City, W.Va.) -- Independence HS ... Middle distance ... Personal best of 2:23.70 in 800 meters
Taylor Craigo (Warren, Ohio) -- Howland HS ... Distance ... Personal bests of 2:29.80 in 800 meters, 5:11.83 in 1,600 meters, 12:01.72 in 3,200 meters, 19:05.21 in 5K
Lauren George (Landisville, Pa.) -- Hempfield HS ... Jumps ... Personal bests of 17-6 in long jump, 36-10 in triple jump
Heidi Heiniger (Sabetha, Kan.) -- Sabetha HS ... Throws ... Personal best of 144-3 in javelin
Elena Marchand (Hermitage, Pa.) -- Hickory HS ... Throws ... Personal bests of 47-5 in shotput, 142-0 in discus
Whitney McAtee (Williamstown, W.Va.) -- Parkersburg HS ... Throws ... Personal bests of 41-2 in shotput, 130-11 in discus
Elisabeth Paulina (Rotterdam, The Netherlands) -- CSG Calvijn Vreewijk School ... Springs ... Personal bests of 25.39 in 200 meters, 55.90 in 400 meters
Allie Perry (Scott Depot, W.Va.) -- Winfield HS ... Jumps ... Personal best of 11-0 in pole vault
Small's programs lose six seniors in women's track and field and cross country and two seniors in men's cross country. The Herd concludes its outdoor track and field regular season on Saturday at the Kentucky Relays in Lexington.