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Liberty Track Adds 7 For Coming Season
Less than three weeks before the start of the 2011-12 academic year, Liberty Track & Field Head Coach Brant Tolsma announced that seven student-athletes have signed to attend Liberty University this year.
The seven incoming student-athletes join the 18 previously announced signees in comprising a diverse and talented crop of track & field newcomers. (Signee release No. 1) (Signee release No. 2)
"We are very excited about the quality of this incoming class, especially because we think they have all chosen Liberty because of their desire to be educated in this unique environment where Christ is honored," stated Tolsma. "Our staff has done an exceptional job with recruiting this year, as we attempt to replace an outstanding graduating class."
Profiles of the new signees follow, listed in alphabetical order by gender.
Logan Elliston (Elon, N.C.) – A high jumper, Elliston will have two years of eligibility remaining after spending the past two seasons at UNC Wilmington. He was the CAA men's high jump runner-up in 2011 with a clearance of 6-8.25, after placing fourth in 2010. Elliston captured the 2009 North Carolina 1A/2A/3A indoor state high jump title as a senior at Western Alamance High School, sailing over a personal-best 6-10.
Steve Feister (Columbia, Pa.) – Feister's senior year at Hempfield High School was highlighted by his performance at the 2011 Penn Relays, where he won the high school boys' javelin title with a personal-best 211-5 throw. That distance ranked him No. 7 nationally on the 2011 high school boys' javelin list. Feister also placed third in the javelin at this year's Pennsylvania AAA state meet, helping Hempfield capture the team state championship.
Jacob Onifer (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio) – Onifer comes to Liberty from a very successful program at Peninsula Woodridge High School. Most recently, he helped Woodridge set the all-time Ohio 4 x 800 relay record at the 2011 Ohio Division II state meet. Onifer split a 1:53.9 as his team took home the state title in 7:37.43. He also ran at the Ohio Division II state cross country meet three times, helping Woodridge win the team title each year. As a senior, he placed 18th at the state cross country meet.
John Sherret (Toronto, Ontario) – Like Onifer, Sherret is a mid-distance specialist. The graduate of The Yorkland School enjoyed a big breakthrough performance at the University of Windsor Open meet in May 2011, cutting his 800-meter personal-best time to 1:55.63. Sherret has also run the 600 in a time of 1:22.9.
Alyssa Bradley (Charlotte, N.C.) – Bradley, who will become Alyssa Allen after her wedding this weekend, is transferring to Liberty from Charlotte. Bradley spent two years with the 49ers, notching times of 18:08.34 in the 5K and 37:53.10 in the 10K. She placed 10th in the 10K at the 2010 Atlantic-10 Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Erin Carney (Newfield, N.Y.) – Carney is a hurdler from Newfield Central High School. She finished sixth in the New York 100-meter hurdles final as a senior. The previous year, she clocked a time of 65.23 seconds in the 400 hurdles, taking seventh place in the state.
Abigail Flower (Lynchburg, Va.) – Flower, the 2011 Lynchburg News & Advance All-Area Girls' Track & Field Athlete of the Year, will remain within her hometown for college after graduating from E.C. Glass High School. She placed in six events at the 2011 Virginia Group AA indoor and outdoor state meets, helping E.C. Glass win the indoor 4 x 200 relay and outdoor 4 x 100 relay. Flower was also third in the indoor 55, seventh in the outdoor 200 and eighth in both the outdoor and long jump finals. Her top high school marks included 7.23 seconds in the 55, 12.21 seconds in the 100, 25.20 seconds in the 200 and 17-1.5 in the long jump.