Liberty Track & Field/Cross Country Head Coach Brant Tolsma
Liberty Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Brant Tolsma announced that 10 student-athletes have signed letters of intent to attend Liberty University for the 2015-16 academic year.
Nine of the 10 signees are female, and all nine women's student-athletes hail from different states. Four of the future Lady Flames are distance runners.
"We are very excited about the exceptional group of athletes who have chosen to make an early commitment to join us in our mission at Liberty University," stated Tolsma. "I am confident that all 10 athletes have chosen Liberty because they share our commitment to honor the Lord through our athletic program. Our entire staff has worked very hard to identify and recruit what I believe is the best early signing class in Liberty track/XC history. We are also pleased that the talents of these signees meet the event needs that are facing our team as we move toward the 2015-16 season."
Women's Signees Nicole Gignac (Wayne, N.J.) – Gignac, a senior at Wayne Hills High School, is a prospective heptathlete due to her ability in multiple events. She placed ninth in the 400 dash at the New Jersey Group 3 meet as a sophomore, before improving to sixth a year ago. Some of Gignac's top marks include 26.01 in the 200, 58.06 in the 400 and 5-2 in the high jump.
Elizabeth Hutton (Chesterfield, Va.) – Hutton is coming off of a spectacular junior campaign at Manchester High School, headlined by a VHSL 5A indoor state title in the mile. She also finished fifth at the 5A state cross country meet, second in the junior girls race at the 2013 Foot Locker South Regional meet and second in the 1,600 at the 5A outdoor track championship. Her top times are 3:03.19 in the 1,000, 5:04.87 in the 1,600, 5:08.91 in the mile and 18:19 in the cross country 5K.
Nicole Leonzo (Harrisburg, Pa.) – Leonzo has made steady improvement during her time at Harrisburg Christian High School. As a freshman, she placed eighth at the PIAA AA state meet in the 400 dash, before moving up to seventh as a sophomore and third a year ago. Leonzo has clocked times of 25.03 in the 200 and 56.16 in the 400.
Delaney McDowell (Mason, Ohio) – McDowell has been part of a successful program at Mason High School, most recently helping the Comets place second at the 2014 OHSAA Division I Cross Country Championship. She has contributed to Mason's top-five state meet finishes in the 4 x 800 relay for three straight seasons, including a state title in 2013 with a time of 9:11.06. McDowell, who owns a personal-best time of 2:15.69 in the 800 and has clocked a 19:24.49 in the cross country 5K, reached the state meet in the 800 as a junior.
Elizabeth Mulford (Ocala, Fla.) – Mulford signed with the Lady Flames less than a week after winning the Florida Class 3A girls' individual state cross country title in her final cross country race for Vanguard High School. She crossed the finish line in a 5K time of 18:28, winning by 13 seconds and leading Vanguard to a third-place team finish. Mulford, who also placed 11th at the state cross country meet as a sophomore, owns a 3,200-meter personal best of 11:02.97 on the track.
Catherine Oyarzun (San Jose, Calif.) – Oyarzun threw the hammer a school-record 159-1 during her first year at De Anza College and placed ninth in the event at the 2014 California State Championship. Her top marks at Willow Glen High School were 36-1 in the shot put and 115-7 in the discus.
Kylie Polsgrove (Newland, N.C.) – Polsgrove is a talented all-around athlete from Avery County High School. Last season, she was the North Carolina 1A state champion in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles, while finishing second in the high jump and fifth in the 200 dash. The previous season, Polsgrove won the North Carolina 1A state title in the 300 hurdles and placed second in the 100 hurdles, third in the high jump and seventh in the 400. Some of her top marks include 15.17 in the 100 hurdles, 44.79 in the 300 hurdles, 1:03.45 in the 400 hurdles and 5-6 in the high jump.
Torree Scull (St. Charles, Ill.) – As a junior at St. Charles East High School, Scull helped the Fighting Saints place third at the Illinois 3A state track met for the first track & field trophy in school history. She was part of the state-winning 4 x 800 relay (9:08.03) and placed fourth in the 1,600-meter final. Earlier in the year, Scull had finished 18th at the 2013 Illinois 3A cross country meet. She has clocked times of 2:14.80 in the 800, 5:00.92 in the 1,600, 11:03.00 in the 3,200 and 17:18.90 in the cross country three-mile run.
Anna Van Wyk (Eagan, Minn.) – Van Wyk, a senior at Eagan High School, recently placed 18th at the Minnesota 2A state cross country meet after finishing fourth as a junior. On the track, she helped Eagan come in fourth in the 4 x 800 at the 2013 Minnesota 2A state meet. Van Wyk has run times of 2:22.02 in the 800, 5:09.42 in the 1,600, 14:08.90 in the cross country 4K and 18:14.40 in the cross country 5K.
Men's Signee Samson Moore (Tampa, Fla.) – Moore has recorded top-six finishes at the Florida 3A state track meet during each of his first three seasons at Gaither High School, in three different events. As a freshman, he was the state runner-up in the 110 hurdles, before placing sixth in the 200 as a sophomore and sixth in the 300 hurdles as a junior. Moore was the 400 hurdles champion at the 2012 AAU Club Nationals in the intermediate boys division, racing to a time of 53.88 seconds. His other personal-best efforts include 14.21 in the 110 hurdles, 37.34 in the 300 hurdles, 21.75 in the 200 and 21-10 in the long jump.
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