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Liberty Track Adds Half Dozen for 2013-14
Liberty Men's and Women's Track & Field Head Coach Brant Tolsma has announced that six additional student-athletes have signed to attend Liberty University for the 2013-14 academic year.
Five of the six signees are men's athletes, including a trio of transfers. Liberty has now signed a total of 21 student-athletes (nine women, 12 men) for the upcoming season. Profiles of the new signees follow, listed in alphabetical order by gender.
Alexis Taylor (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) – Taylor, who recently graduated from Kenston High School, boasts personal-best times of 2:15.92 in the 800 and 5:11.09 in the 1,600. She won the 800, 1,600, 4 x 400 and 4 x 800 at the Chagrin Valley Conference meet in 2013, helping Kenston claim its first-ever conference title. Taylor placed seventh in the 800 at the Ohio indoor state meet as a junior and ninth as a senior.
Aklesso Agama (Miramar, Fla.) – Agama spent 2012-13 at the Naval Academy Prep School, after graduating from Dade Christian High School in 2012. He captured the 2012 Florida 1A state title in the long jump and triple jump, while placing second in the 4 x 400 and fourth in the 4 x 100. Agama's efforts helped Dade Christian earn the team state runner-up trophy. Agama owns personal-best marks of 23-0 in the long jump and 47-11 in the triple jump.
Caleb Fraley (Chandler, Ariz.) – Fraley, a 2011 graduate of Valley Christian High School, will be reunited with sister Chandler Fraley on the Liberty track & field team, after spending two years at California Baptist University. The elder Fraley sibling captured Arizona Division IV state titles in both the 110 and 300 hurdles as a high school senior, while tying for third in the pole vault. His personal-best marks are 14.61 in the 110 hurdles, 40.33 in the 300 hurdles and 13-0 in the pole vault.
Fred Fulton (Fredericksburg, Va.) – Fulton is transferring to Liberty after two successful seasons at Messiah College. Working under the tutelage of former Liberty thrower Andrew Bartels, Fulton was the 2013 NCAA Division III national runner-up in the shot put. Fulton won three Middle Atlantic Conference shot put titles and notched marks of 59-0.25 in the shot put, 156-3 in the discus, 182-1 in the hammer and 54-8.25 in the weight throw. A 2011 graduate of Mountain View High School, Fulton came in fifth in the discus (155-5) and 13th in the shot put (49-8) at the Virginia Group AAA state meet as a senior.
Spencer Jamison (Aurora, Colo.) – Jamison joined the track & field team at Valor Christian High School for the first time as a senior and immediately excelled. He clocked a personal-best 400-meter dash time of 48.20 seconds in just his fifth time competing in the event, earning a second-place finish at the Colorado 4A state meet. Jamison also ran for Valor Christian's state championship-winning 4 x 100 and 4 x 200 relay quartets and the runner-up 4 x 400 team.
Josh Showalter (Leesburg, Va.) – Showalter joins the Liberty distance squad after spending his freshman season at Christopher Newport. He was named USA South Rookie of the Year after placing third at the USA South Cross Country Championship. The 2013 Mason-Dixon Conference indoor 5K runner-up notched track times of 9:38.30 in the steeplechase and 15:36.69 in the 5K. Showalter clocked a 9:33.53 in the 3,200 as a senior at Loudoun County High School in 2012. He also helped his team finish third at the Virginia Group AA state cross country meet in 2010 and fourth in 2011.
Update on Previously Announced 2013-14 Signees
Since Liberty's first 15 track & field signees were announced on May 20, several of them have bolstered their resumes.
Zach Davis (Sparta, N.J.) won the New Jersey Group 3 state high jump title, before placing second in the event at the New Jersey Meet of Champions. Davis then cleared a Sussex County-record 6-10.75 to place fourth at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Oasis Hernandez (Emporia, Kan.) became the 13th girl in state history to win four gold medals at one state meet, capturing the Kansas Class 5A titles in the 100 (12.05), 200 (25.30), long jump (18-9.25) and triple jump (40-7.75). The 200-meter dash championship was her third in a row, and Hernandez's efforts helped Emporia High School place third as a team.
Jessica Proehl (Kingston, Ohio) clocked a personal-best 3,200-meter time of 11:09.40, placing third at the Ohio Division II state meet.
Stephen Racanelli (Forest, Va.) helped Brookville High School win the 4 x 100 relay (42.45) while placing second in the 100 (11.09) and 200 (22.80) at the Virginia Group AA state championship.
Colin Schultz (Las Vegas, Nev.) placed third in the 800 at the Great Southwest Classic, clocking a time of 1:54.65.
Trevor Van Asselt (South Lyon, Mich.) came in third in the discus (personal-best 170-1) and seventh in the shot put (personal-best 52-6) at the Michigan Lower Peninsula Division I meet.
Mary Witmer (Ephrata, Pa.) won the Pennsylvania Class AA 300 hurdles state championship in a time of 42.90 seconds, becoming Ephrata High School's first female state track & field champion. She was also named to the Pennsylvania Track & Field Coaches Association All-State first team.