Marshall Cross Country/Track and Field Programs Add 21 Signees
Herd Bolsters 2016-17 Roster with Athletes from Seven States
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Marshall cross country/track and field coach Jeff Small announced Thursday the addition of 21 recruits to the Herd cross country/track and field teams eligible for the 2016-17 season. 11 of these 21 athletes will be running cross country this fall for the Thundering Herd.
The signees include seven men who will run cross country this fall, and 14 women who will join the track and field team in the spring, four of which will also run cross country this fall. The teams comprise of 14 signees from across West Virginia, as well from across the US in states as far as Montana, Iowa, and Florida.
"It's a really great class that's coming in for both the men's and women's teams," Small said. "My coaching staff worked very hard in identifying these kids early on in the process and seeing it through all the way until they signed."
A look at the 2016-17 Herd cross county/track and field signees (listed in alphabetical order):
Men's cross country:
Daniel Cooper - (Richie County HS) - Ellenboro, WV - Personal Best of 16:28 in the 5k...2:02.85 in the 800m.
Hunter Deem - (Richie County HS) - Ellenboro, WV - Personal Bests of 16:25 in the 5k...Was state runner up in the 2015 West Virginia State Cross Country Championships.
Logan Kerby - (Wirt County HS) - Elizabeth, WV - Personal Bests of 16:57 in the 5k... Two time West Virginia State Champion in the 800m, two time state runner up in the 1600m.
Michael Martell - (Oregon State University) - Bozeman, MT - Transfer from Oregon State University with personal bests of 34:05 in the 10k, 27:53 for 8k, 9:43 in the 3200m, and 4:25 for the 1600m.
Alex Minor - (University HS) - Morgantown, WV -Personal Bests of 15:21.11 in the 5k...Qualified for New Balance Indoor Nationals as a senior in high school...Placed 4th in the West Virginia State High School Cross Country Championship... Was the state runner up in the 3200m and 1600m at the West Virginian State High School Track Meet.
Jerimiah Parlock - (Cabell Midland HS) - Barboursville, WV - Personal Bests of 16:32.00 for 5k, 9:48.49 for 3200m, 4:21.47 for 1600m, and 1:59.93 for 800m.
Nick Salmons - (Cabell Midland HS) - Barboursville, WV -Personal bests of 16:12 in the 5k... Placed 6th at the West Virginia State High School Cross Country Championships
Women's cross country/track and field:
Mary Kerby - (Wirt County HS) - Elizabeth, WV - Women's XC/ Distance -Personal Bests of 12:00.76 in the 3200m and 5:44.37 for the 1600m... Two time West Virginia State High Track and Cross Country Meet qualifier.
Audreana Lewis - (Cabell Midland HS) - Lasage, WV - Women's XC/ Distance- Personal Bests of 21:45.03 for 5k, 13:14.22 for 3200m, and 6:21.30 for the 1600m...Was a West Virginia State High School Track Meet qualifier.
Mikaela Mitchell - (University HS) - Morgantown, WV - Women's XC/ Distance- Personal Best of 19:22.91 for 5k... Was part of the 2016 New Balance National qualifying 4x1600m team...Placed third in the 3200m at the West Virginia State High School Track Meet.
Abigail Short - (Hurricane HS) - Hurricane, WV - Women's XC/ Distance- Personal Bests of 19:48.80 for 5k, 11:31.30 for 3200m, 5:17.22 for 1600m, and 2:32.96 for 800m...Region 4 Cross Country Championships runner up, and a three time state qualifier in cross country.
Women's track and field only signees:
Reneese Batson - (Iowa Central Community College) - Fort Dodge, IA - Women's T&F/Throws- Transfer from Iowa Central Community College... At Iowa Central CC, Reneese posted an impressive mark in the hammer throw of 52.12m (171ft) which was good enough to earn her 3rd at the 2016 NJCAA Outdoor National Championships... was also a 12th place finisher at the 2016 NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in the weigh throw with a mark of 14.47 (47ft 5.75in)... Her personal best in the weight throw is 17.59m (57ft 9in).
Ericka Budd - (Huntington HS) - Huntington, WV - Women's T&F / Throws- Personal Best of 43'8.25 in the shot put and 130'2 in the discus... was the West Virginia State Champion in both the shot and disc in 2016, and was the runner up in both events in 2015.
Meagan Carter - (Seton Hill University) - Grensburg, PA - Women's T&F/Distance- Graduate transfer from Seton Hill...she is the current Seton Hill indoor school record holder in 800m, Mile, and a member of the DMR... She is also the current Seton Hill outdoor school record holder in the 1500m.
Hannah Carreon - (Clay Battelle HS) - Blacksville, WV - Women's T&F/ Sprints & Hurdles- Personal Best of 12.67 in the 100m, 25.73 in the 200m, 14.76 in the 100m hurdles, and 46.54 in the 300m hurdles... Was the West Virginia State Champion in the 100m, 200m, 100m hurdles, and 300m hurdles as a senior.
Torie Derrow - (John Marshall HS) - Glen Dale, WV - Women's T&F/ Jumps & Hurdles- Personal Bests of 5'8 in the high jump and 14.47 in the 100m hurdles...Finished second in both the 100m Hurdles and high jump at the West Virginia State High School Track Meet.
Jessica Hiteshew - (Mt. Dora Christian HS) - Mount Dora, FL - Women's T&F/ Throws- Personal Best of 131'6 in the discus which earned her a second place finish at the Florida State High School Track and Field Meet.
Safiyyah Mitchell - (Huntington HS) - Huntington, WV - Women's T&F/ Sprints & Hurdles- Personal Best of 14.09 in the 100m hurdles, and 43.10 in the 300m hurdles... Was the West Virginia state champion in the 200m, 100m hurdles, and 300m hurdles and finished second in the 100m...Holds the West Virginia all time state record in the 100m hurdle and 300m hurdles.
Alexis Montes- (West Liberty University)- Glen Dale, WV- Women's T&F/ Throws- Transfer from West Liberty University...specializes in javelin, where she finished seventh at the NCAA DII Outdoor Track and Field Championships with a personal best was 51.07m (167ft 7in).
Denisha West - (Westbury HS) - Old Westbury, NY - Women's T&F/ Jumps- Personal Best of 40'0.25 in the triple jump and 18'6 in the long jump... Was the New York State Indoor and Outdoor Champion in the triple jump... Qualified for New Balance Indoor Nationals as a senior where she finished 14th in the field.
Danere'a White - (Central Crossing HS) - Columbus, OH - Women's T&F/ Sprints- Personal Bests of 8.17 in the indoor 60m, 25.62 in the 200m, and 56.36 in the 400m.