Liberty Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Brant Tolsma announced that Branson Rolle, Noel Palmer, Heidi Smith and Alexis Wilson have signed national letters of intent to attend Liberty University for the 2017-18 academic year.
Rolle, the lone male signee among the group, is a hurdler. Meanwhile, the future Lady Flames include two distance runners (Palmer and Smith) and a sprinter (Wilson).
"We are excited about the abilities and potential of these athletes who have demonstrated their faith in us and commitment to Christian education," stated Tolsma. "The talent level of our recruits is rising as Liberty moves toward our goal of having a nationally elite program, and I commend my staff for their good job identifying and recruiting such athletes. These are the first four of what I anticipate may well be our best recruiting class yet."
Men's Signee Branson Rolle (Nassau, Bahamas) – Rolle, a senior at Queens College, has earned the opportunity to represent the Bahamas internationally on numerous occasions already in his career. He competed in the 400 hurdles at both the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in Colombia and the 2016 IAAF U20 World Championships in Poland. Rolle also earned the silver medal in the U18 110 hurdles at the 2016 CARIFTA Games. His top marks include 14.04 (13.80 wind-aided) in the junior 110 hurdles and 52.12 in the 400 hurdles.
Women's Signees Noel Palmer (Lynchburg, Va.) – A senior at nearby Liberty Christian Academy, Palmer recently won the Virginia 4A girls' cross country individual state title. As a junior, she took third place at the state meet in cross country, fourth in the indoor 1,600 and fifth in both the indoor and outdoor 3,200 finals. Palmer has clocked 5:07.27 for the 1,600, 10:46.32 for the 3,200, 10:52.57 for the two-mile and 17:45 for a cross country 5K.
Heidi Smith (Snohomish, Wash.) – Smith has helped Glacier Peak High School win the Washington 3A girls' cross country team title in both 2013 (as a freshman) and 2015 (as a junior). Her junior season included a 10th-place state finish in cross country and eighth-place showings in both the 800 and 1,600 on the track. Smith's personal-best marks include 2:14.55 in the 800, 4:56.49 in the 1,600 and 11:21.07 in the 3,200.
Alexis Wilson (Chattanooga, Tenn.) – Wilson is a three-time state champion sprinter for Tyner Academy. She swept the Tennessee A-AA 100 and 200-meter titles as a freshman and sprinted to the indoor state championship at 60 meters as a sophomore. Wilson has posted times of 7.64 in the 60, 11.93 in the 100 and 24.99 in the 200.
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