Liberty Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Brant Tolsma announced that 14 student-athletes have signed to attend Liberty University for the 2015-16 academic year.
Thirteen of the 14 new signees are male, after nine of 10 signees in November 2014 were female. Liberty has now inked 24 track & field/cross country student-athletes for 2015-16, including 14 men and 10 women.
"As Liberty Athletics continues to make advances, we are excited to see the quality of our recruited athletes continue to improve," stated Tolsma. "As far as I can tell, every one of these promising young athletes were drawn to Liberty by their desire to grow academically, athletically and spiritually. We look forward to seeing what God will do in and through them during their college years and beyond."
Men's Signees Jovaine Atkinson (Spanish Town, Jamaica) – Atkinson was a standout in the hurdles at Jamaican high school track power Kingston College. He clocked a 110 hurdles time of 13.85 seconds.
Robert Detz (Newburgh, N.Y.) – Detz, a graduate of Chapel Field Christian School, captured back-to-back NYSPHSAA Division 2 state shot put titles in 2014 and 2015, while placing second in the discus as a senior. His top marks were 61-5 in the shot put and 163-10 in the discus.
Michael Fairfax (Bealeton, Va.) – Fairfax placed third in the VHSL 4A state 300 hurdles final as a senior at Liberty High School. He clocked times of 15.55 for the 110 hurdles, 39.03 for the 300 hurdles and 55.50 for the 400 hurdles.
Tristan Harvey (Morgantown, W.Va.) – A graduate of University High School, Harvey placed third in the 1,600 at the 2015 West Virginia AAA state meet, clocking 4:19.92. As a junior, Harvey was the state 1,600 runner-up, helped his team win the state 4 x 800 relay title and came in fifth in the 4 x mile at the 2014 New Balance Outdoor Nationals.
Joshua Hudson-Hall (Portland, Texas) – One of four men's pole vaulters in this group of signees, Hudson-Hall graduated from Gregory-Portland High School. He cleared a personal-best 15-0 to place sixth at the UIL 5A state meet as a senior.
Azaria Kirwa (Eldoret, Kenya) – Kirwa becomes the fourth Eldoret, Kenya native to join the Liberty track & field/cross country squads in the past two years, joining Titus Koech, Ednah Kurgat and Stalline Kurgat. Kirwa has reportedly run a sub-30:00 10K.
Luke Moffett (Katy, Texas) – After finishing eighth in the pole vault at the UIL 5A state meet as a junior, Moffett improved to fourth at the UIL 6A state meet as a senior at Seven Lakes High School. He boasts a personal-best clearance of 15-6.
Dean Palmer (North East, Md.) – Palmer, of North East High School, was the 2015 Maryland 2A state runner-up in the pole vault, while finishing fourth in the 400 at 50.38 seconds. He owns the Cecil County pole vault record at 14-6.
Bradley Prentice (Virginia Beach, Va.) – Prentice raced to a personal-best time of 1:55.47 for sixth place in the VHSL 6A state 800-meter final as a senior at Tallwood High School.
Caleb Rider (Crozet, Va.) – Western Albemarle High School graduate Rider was the 2014 New Balance Outdoor Nationals emerging elite pole vault champion and placed second in the pole vault at the 2015 VHSL 3A outdoor state meet. He owns personal-best marks of 15-2.25 in the pole vault and 7.98 for the 55-meter hurdles.
Jack Tidball (Tunkhannock, Pa.) – As a junior, Tidball placed 11th at the PIAA AA state cross country meet, helping Tunkhannock Area High School capture the team title. This year, Tidball improved to ninth at the state cross country championship and dropped his 3,200-meter time to 9:19.35 on the track.
Michael Todd (Eagle River, Alaska) – Todd was named boys' athlete of the meet at the 2015 Alaska 1-2-3A state meet, winning the 400 (49.76), 800 (2:02.47) and 1,600 (4:21.90) titles for team champion Anchorage Christian High School. His 800-meter personal best stands at 1:53.23.
James Zentmeyer (Odessa, Fla.) – The younger brother of Lady Flame Terrill Zentmeyer, he was home schooled and enjoyed a stellar senior year of competition at Sickles High School. Zentmeyer placed third at the 2014 Florida 4A state cross country meet and 12th at the Foot Locker South Regional. As a result, he was tabbed Bright House Sports Network Boys' Cross Country Athlete of the Year and Hillsborough County Runner of the Year. On the track, Zentmeyer clocked 9:04.15 for the 3,200 at the Florida State Relays and was the Florida 4A state meet runner-up at 3,200 meters.
Women's Signee Erin Edmond (Spotsylvania, Va.) – Edmond is transferring to Liberty from Vanderbilt, where she clocked a wind-aided 24.26 in the 200 and 54.40 for the 400 in 2015. Edmond ran the anchor leg of Vanderbilt's 4 x 400 relay at the 2015 NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet, splitting 53.05 seconds. Edmond graduated from Riverbend High School in Spotsylvania, Va.
Updates on Previously Announced 2015-16 Signees Since Liberty's first 10 track & field signees were announced on Nov. 21, many of them have bolstered their resumes.
Nicole Gignac (Wayne, N.J.) won the 100, 200, 400 and high jump at the Big North Liberty and Independence division championships.
Nicole Leonzo (Harrisburg, Pa.) was the 400 dash runner-up at the PIAA AA state meet.
Delaney McDowell (Mason, Ohio) lowered her 800 time to 2:13.96 and qualified for the Ohio Division I state meet in three events (800, 4 x 400 and 4 x 800).
Samson Moore (Tampa, Fla.) was named Florida's Gatorade Track Athlete of the Year and HomeTeam's track athlete of the year for Hillsborough County. He won the Florida 3A state title in the 300 hurdles in a personal-best 36.53 seconds, capping off an undefeated senior season in the event. Moore is currently tied for third on the 2015 national high school list for the 300 hurdles.
Elizabeth Mulford (Ocala, Fla.) captured the Florida 3A state title in the 3,200 with a time of 11:03.51, while placing third in the 4 x 800 relay.
Catherine Oyarzun (San Jose, Calif.) boosted her women's hammer school record to 167-1 as a sophomore at De Anza College and won the Coast Conference title.
Kylie Polsgrove (Newland, N.C.) won four state titles as a senior, including the indoor 1A/2A high jump crown and outdoor 1A championships in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and high jump. She improved her marks to 14.94 for the 100 hurdles and 5-8 in the high jump.
Torree Scull (St. Charles, Ill.) dropped her 1,600 time to 4:55.56 as a senior, placing second at the Illinois 3A state meet. She also helped her St. Charles East High School squad finish fifth in the state in the 4 x 800 relay.
Anna Van Wyk (Eagan, Minn.) clocked a personal-best 3,200 time of 10:57.56 for seventh place at the Minnesota 2A state championship.
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