(L-R): Tanner Ealum, Jaiden Mulder, Brittany Small and Valerie Wierenga recently signed national letters of intent to attend Liberty University
Liberty Track & Field and Cross Country Head Coach Brant Tolsma announced that Tanner Ealum, Jaiden Mulder, Brittany Small and Valerie Wierenga have signed national letters of intent to attend Liberty University for the 2016-17 academic year.
The quartet of future Lady Flames includes a sprinter (Ealum), a hurdler (Mulder), a distance runner (Wierenga) and a high jumper (Small).
"We are excited about the early signing portion of our women's 2016-17 freshman class," Tolsma said. It consists of four high-quality young women who chose Liberty because of their desire to pursue excellence and to help Liberty track represent Christ at the highest level possible.
"Three of these young women have the best high school performance in their events of anyone that we have ever recruited at Liberty. This is, I believe, an indication of the progress we will see in the near future. They will be coming to Liberty during a most exciting phase of development in Liberty track & field history."
Women's Signees Tanner Ealum (Anchorage, Alaska) – Ealum has captured nine Alaska state track & field titles for Anchorage Christian Schools, including a sweep of the 100 (12.12), 200 (state-record 24.74) and 400 (state-record 54.87) championships in 2015. Ealum also clocked 2:12.88 for 800 meters during a race which saw her outkick Allie Ostrander, who was the NCAA Division I women's cross country national runner-up for Boise State on Saturday.
Jaiden Mulder (Amherstburg, Ontario, Canada) – Mulder, who attends General Amherst High School, boasts personal-best marks of 13.99 for the 100 hurdles, 43.95 for the 300 hurdles and 63.71 for the 400 hurdles. She won the girls' 300 hurdles title at the 2014 OFSAA meet and took fourth place in the 100 hurdles at the 2015 Canadian Youth Track & Field Championships.
Brittany Small (Salisbury, N.C.) – Small, a senior at East Rowan High School, high jumped a personal-best 5-6 to capture the 2015 North Carolina 3A indoor state championship. She has recorded three other top-four state finishes in the high jump and is also a standout in volleyball.
Valerie Wierenga (Grandville, Mich.) – Grandville High School's Wierenga has run 4:53.75 for 1,600 meters, 10:36.90 for the indoor two-mile and 17:55 for a cross country 5K. She came in third in the 2013 Michigan Lower Peninsula Division I girls' cross country final, eighth in the 2014 New Balance Indoor Nationals two-mile and fifth in the 2014 Michigan Lower Peninsula Division I girls' 1,600 final.
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