Aug. 17, 2009
Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina head coach Danny Williamson has announced the 2009 incoming class, which boasts 39 student-athletes from four states. Williamson brings 19 women and 20 men to compete in cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field competitions.
"This class, both men and women gives us both top end quality and depth for the majority of event areas in both programs," noted Williamson. "This class is composed of not only great athletes, but also comprised of great student-athletes that are great quality young men and young women."
Eight female student-athletes will participate in Cross Country events this season. The remainder of the class will participate in a variety of events including the discus and the long jump.
Five of the 20 male student-athletes will compete in Cross Country events this fall. The incoming class also includes newcomers who will specialize in the pole vault and others who will compete in events such as the 1600 meter.
From this year's class, 28 are from North Carolina, while nine others come from Georgia with both Florida and Virginia also represented.
Williamson returns for his 25th season at the helm of the Catamount Cross Country and Track and Field programs. Under his direction, the Catamounts have recorded 17 Southern Conference team Championships and over 225 athletes have been crowned Conference Individual Event Champion.
The 2009 Cross Country season kicks off on Friday, September 4 with the WCU Invitational. The event will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Alyse Childress (Brevard H.S. / Brevard, NC)
800m-2:28.00, 400m-62.0, 5000m XC - 21:30
Tsanni Collier (Winston Salem Prep / Winston Salem, NC)
200m - 26.0, 400m - 60.20
Adrian Cooke (South Caldwell H.S. / Granite Falls, NC)
800m-2:25, 100mH-16.06, 300mH-48.60, 5000m XC-19:24
Colleen DeBoer (Covenant Classical School / Concord, NC)
Olivia Jacobs (Catawba College / China Grove, NC / South Rowan H.S.)
1600m-5:32, 3200m-12:14, 5000m XC-18:22
Debbie Long (West Henderson H.S., Hendersonville, NC)
HJ-5'4", LJ-17'2", TJ-35'
Janae McKinney (Kendrick H.S. / Columbus, GA)
100m-11.98, 200m-24.07, LJ-18'11" ** WCU Women's Basketball Athlete**
Nicole Okolo (Univ. Alabama, Lawrenceville, GA / Collins Hill H.S.)
LJ-18'7", TJ-40'1", 100m-12.25, 100mH-13.83, 60mH-8.49
Valerie Parks (Franklin H.S. / Franklin, NC)
Raven Parrish (Peachtree Ridge H.S. / Augusta, GA)
100m-18'10", TJ-36'3", 100m-12.29, 200m-25.48
Brittany Powell (Northview H.S. / Alpharetta, GA)
TJ-36'6", LJ-16'6", 200m-25.89
Leslie Raymond (Reagan H.S. / Lewisville, NC)
1600m-5:25, 800m-2:26, 3200m-12:07, 500m XC-19:47
Jocelyn Rice (Cocoa Beach H.S. / Cape Canaveral, FL)
Quachira Rogers (Scotland County H.S. / Laurel Hill, NC)
100mH-15.63, 300mH-47.7, TJ-35'4"
Mara Smith (Warren County H.S. / Maurertown, VA)
1600m-5:11, 3200m-11:41, 5000m XC-19:10
Zakiyyah Stewart (Coastal Carolina / Hickory, NC / St. Stephens H.S.)
Shot put-38'5", Discus-142'4", Hammer-160'4", 20lbWT-46'2"
Morgan Turner (Lincolnton H.S. / Lincolnton, NC)
800m-2:21, 1600m-5:25, 3200m-11:35, 5000m XC-18:44
Christelle Vereb (Hayesville H.S. / Hayesville, NC)
200m-27.0, 400m-60.5, 800m-2:26, 5000m XC-21:30
Ashley Wala (Butler H.S. / Matthews, NC)
Pole Vault-11'0", TJ-35'2"
Brad Baker (Riverside Military Academy / Alpharetta, GA)
Tyler Bentley (West Caldwell H.S. / Lenoir, NC)
110H-15.74, 300mH-40.11, TJ-41'10"
Willie Bowman (North Hampton West H.S. / Garysburg, NC)
Nolan Clark (North Hall H.S. / Gainesville, GA)
1600m-4:25, 3200m-9:37, 5000m XC-16:01
Ethan Curnow (East Forsyth H.S. / Kernersville, NC)
400m-51.09, 800m-1:59, 300mH-42.5
Ronald Duncan (Vance H.S. / Charlotte, NC)
100m-10.79, 200m-21.59, 300m-36.94, 60m-6.94
Tyler Dunn (Pickens County H.S. / Jasper, GA)
800m-1:56, 1600m-4:26, 3200m-9:48, 5000m XC-16:01
Chase Fisher (N W Cabarrus H.S. / Concord, NC)
1600m-4:28, 3200m-9:51, 5000m XC-16:12
Brandon Hairston (Carver H.S. / Walkertown, NC)
200m-21.44, 400m-48.44, 300m-36.64, HJ-6'0"
Willie Kennedy (Ashbrook H.S. / Gastonia, NC)
200m-22.60, 400m-50.50 **WCU Football Athlete**
Keith Leonard (East Rowan H.S. / Salisbury, NC)
Cordell Livingston (S W Guilford H.S. / High Point, NC)
110mH-14.01, 300mH-38.71, 400mH-54.05, LJ-23'2", TJ-47'7"
DJ McClendon (Thomasville H.S. / Thomasville, NC)
LJ-22'8", TJ-45'0", HJ-6'4", 400m-49.50 **WCU Football Athlete**
Royce McLain (Berkmar H.S. / Lawrenceville, GA)
Jibril Mohammed (Carver H.S. / Winston Salem, NC)
LJ-22'2", TJ-43'5", 400m-49.60, 300m-36.74
Jonathan Newton (West Henderson H.S. / Hendersonville, NC)
Shot Put-51'5", Discus-143'1"
Jake Swimmer (Cherokee H.S. / Cherokee, NC)
800m-2:04, 1600m-4:32, 3200m-10:12, 5000m XC-16:47
Garrett West (N W Cabarrus H.S. / Concord, NC)
800m-1:55.99, 1600m-4:26, 5000m XC-16:52
Antwain Whisnant (Crest H.S. / Shelby, NC)
200m-22.10, 400m-49.09, 110mH-14.8
Lawren Willard (Redan H.S. / Stone Mountain, GA)
LJ-22'6", TJ-43'5", 400m-51.06, 300mH-39.10
Kurt Zehender (S E Raleigh / Cary, NC)
Mile-4:25, 3200m-10:03, 5000m XC-16:10