Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex
Liberty Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Lance Bingham has announced nine signees to the Liberty track & field/cross country program. Three of the signees (Ezra Kogei, Sofia Mojica and Luize Velmere) will join the Flames' roster in January 2021.
"I am thankful for this year's signees," stated Bingham. "Many of them have national-level potential, but most importantly have a desire to serve the Lord through their events and to represent Him at the highest level. As we continue in our quest to develop a national-level team and to impact lives for the Kingdom of God, the individuals we sign this year will have a big part in this mission."
Six of the signees are either mid-distance or distance runners. Meanwhile, two of the future Flames are younger siblings of current Liberty track & field student-athletes. Mojica is the younger sister of Naomi Mojica, while Patasha Bryan is the younger sister of Anthony Bryan.
Men's Spring 2021 Arrival Ezra Kogei Distance | Simotwo High School | Eldoret, Kenya • Has run times of 8:38 (3K) and 24:51 (8K) at 7,500 feet of elevation 3K: 8:38 8K: 24:51
Men's Fall 2021 Arrivals Jack Cottrell Distance | Chattanooga Christian School | Chattanooga, Tenn. • Recently captured the 2020 Tennessee Division II-AA cross country individual state title • On the track, was the Tennessee 3,200 state runner-up as a sophomore 2 Mile: 9:40.33 Cross Country 5K: 15:34
Will Jefferson Distance | Whiteland Community High School | Whiteland, Ind. • Enjoyed big breakthroughs on the track during summer 2020 meets, clocking 4:17.67 for 1,600 meters (breaking a 43-year-old school record) and 9:06.39 for the 3,200 (with a 59.7-second final lap) • Dipped under 15:00 in a cross country 5K for the first time early in his senior season, shattering another school record with his 14:59 effort 1,600: 4:17.67 3,200: 9:06.39 Cross Country 5K: 14:59
Women's Spring 2021 Arrivals Sofia Mojica Throws | COBAQ | Queretaro, Mexico • Came in third in the discus at the 2019 Mexican Championships, while placing third in both the shot put and discus at the 2019 Mexican Junior Championships • Placed fifth in the high school girls' discus at the 2019 Texas Relays • Younger sister of current Lady Flames thrower Naomi Mojica Shot Put: 40-4.5 Discus: 150-1
Luize Velmere Jumps | Rigas Teikas Vidusskola | Riga, Latvia • Placed third in the triple jump and fourth in the long jump at the 2020 Latvian U20 Championships Long Jump: 18-9.75 Triple Jump: 39-4.5
Women's Fall 2021 Arrivals Ellie Bevan Distance | Mason High School | Mason, Ohio • Helped her team place fourth at the Ohio Division I cross country state meet as both a junior and senior Cross Country 5K: 18:51
Patasha Bryan Heptathlon | South Walton High School | Destin, Fla. • Scored a personal-best 5,010 points in the heptathlon during the 2020 JAC Combined Events Championships in Jacksonville • Clocked an 800 time of 2:11.31 as a freshman to place second at the Florida 2A state meet • Younger sister of current Flames decathlete Anthony Bryan and coached by former Flame Willie Parker 800: 2:11.31 High Jump: 5-5 Long Jump: 17-9 Javelin: 118-0 Heptathlon: 5,010
Samantha Troup Mid-Distance | Reagan High School | Pfafftown, N.C. • Helped her team win back-to-back North Carolina 4A indoor state titles in the 4 x 800 relay as a freshman and sophomore • Top individual state finish was seventh in the 1,000 as a junior 1,000: 3:06.87 1,600: 5:21.71 3,200: 11:36.98 Cross Country 5K: 19:49
Sofia Van Arsdale Mid-Distance | Coronado High School | Coronado, Calif. • Placed 70th at the California Division IV State Cross Country Championships as a freshman, helping her team come in eighth 800: 2:18.96 1,600: 5:17.57 Cross Country 3 Mile: 18:19