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Liberty Women's Track Adds 4 for 2012-13
With the Liberty women's indoor track & field team preparing to defend its Big South Conference title, head coach Brant Tolsma announced that Brittany Crittenden, Mary Echols, Chandler Fraley and Asten Lopez have all signed national letters of intent to attend Liberty University for the 2012-13 academic year.
"The first female signees of our 2013 track class are a diverse group of athletes consisting of a sprinter, a hurdler, a pole vaulter and a heptathlete," stated Tolsma. "We are hopeful that all will fill in quickly for a strong class of graduating seniors. We greatly appreciate the confidence they and their parents have placed in us, and we are excited to help them reach their God-given potential."
Brittany Crittenden (Santa Rosa, Fla.), a senior at South Walton High School, has experienced success in the multi events during her high school career. She was the young women's heptathlon champion at the 2010 AAU Club Nationals, scoring a meet-record 4,514 points. Crittenden also placed 11th in the pentathlon at the 2011 New Balance Indoor Nationals, totaling 3,082 points. In individual events, she long jumped 17-9.5 to win the 2011 Florida 2A regional title and also qualified for the state meet with a 25.36 clocking for 200 meters.
Mary Echols (Athens, Ga.) is a two-time state champion hurdler from Athens Christian High School. She captured back-to-back Georgia Class A state titles in the 300-meter hurdles in 2009 and 2010. Last year, Echols placed third at the state meet in both the 100 and 300 hurdles, helping Athens Christian capture its second consecutive Class A team state championship. Her top times include 14.71 for the 100 hurdles and 44.54 for the 300 hurdles.
Like Echols, Chandler Fraley (Chandler, Ariz.) has won a pair of state championships during her pole vaulting career at Valley Christian High School. She has made a steady progression throughout the last three years, since vaulting 9-0 to finish as the Arizona 2A state runner-up in 2009. The following year, Fraley cleared 10-3 to win her first pole vault state title, at the 2A level. As a junior in 2011, Fraley's 11-0 clearance earned the Arizona Division IV state championship. She then went on to place second at the 2011 Arizona Meet of Champions with a personal-best vault of 11-6.
Asten Lopez (Crestview, Fla.) enjoyed a strong junior season of competition at Crestview High School, qualifying for the Florida Class 3A state meet in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes. She set personal-best marks of 12.10 seconds in the 100, 25.02 seconds in the 200 and 17-9.25 in the long jump. As a result, Lopez was named the 2011 All Sports Association/Daily News Track & Field Athlete of the Year.