Track & field, cross country announce 2016 early signing class
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Track & field, cross country announce 2016 early signing class

NASHVILLE - Lipscomb Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Bill Taylor and his staff have announced the addition of 13 athletes to the Bisons 2016 recruiting class.

After another triumphant campaign in 2015 for both the track and field and cross country squads, Taylor believes the signings will help bolster the roster for further success.

“Although we are late in announcing our early signing class, it wasn’t for a lack of numbers, talent or excitement about their fit with our program and their potential impact as athletes,” Taylor said. “Simply put, we just got busy with the end of the Cross Country season, followed by a busy Christmas break. So I am excited we can announce the class now.

“Coach Reed and Coach Muller have worked hard on the men’s recruiting. They recruited an early group that is a great fit with our culture and will help the men’s program continue to grow and win.”

 

William Kachman - Bedford High School - Bedford, Pennsylvania

  • Times: 2:03-800m, 4:29-1600m, 9:18-3200m, 15:35-5k
  • Finished 4th in the 2015 PIAA State Championships for cross country
  • Finished 3rdat the 2015 PIAA Track and Field State Championships with a 9:18 mark in the 3200m
  • Played varsity soccer

Assistant coach Benton Reed on Kachman: “We are extremely excited to add William to the team. He is competitive, and we are eager to get him here. His ability to perform at the championship level is a huge strength. He will make a positive impact on our team for the coming years.”

 

Andrew StiversHagerty High SchoolOviedo, Florida

  • Times: 2:03-800m, 4:21-1600m, 10:00-3200m, 16:07-5k
  • Finished 5th at the 2015 FHSAA 4A Region 1 Championships with a time of 4:21 for the 1600m

Reed on Stivers: “We are thrilled to add Andrew on our roster. He has a first-class attitude and really wants to push himself to be his best. He has really run some fast times on the track, and we believe he is going to thrive in college.”

 

Owen GlogovskyWarsaw Community High SchoolWarsaw, Indiana

  • Times: 4:25-1600m, 9:40-3200m, 15:46-5k
  • 23rd place finish at the 2015 IHSAA Track and Field Championships with a time of 4:26 for the 1600m

Reed on Glogovsky: “Owen is another excellent recruit for our program. He has big goals on and off the track. He will fit in very well. We are excited to have another Warsaw High School athlete.”

 

Brody BeilerSelinsgrove High SchoolSelinsgrove, Pennsylvania

  • Times: 1:58-800m, 4:24-1600m, 9:47-3200m, 16:20-5k
  • 8th place finish in the 2015 PIAA Track and Field State Championships with a 4:24 time in the 1600m

Reed on Beiler: “"We got great impressions from Brody early on. The men on the team loved his attitude. He is driven and he will see great results here. He is a high quality athlete and will add a lot to our program.”

 

Collin GunnMarshall County High SchoolBenton, Kentucky

  • Qualified for 2015 Kentucky State Track Meet in the 1600m with a 4:39.61 mark
  • Varsity Football

Reed on Collin: “Collin’s background in multiple sports is a great strength. He is going to be a great addition to our program. He is a team player and will bring a positive vibe to our team. He has done well in high school, but the best is yet to come”

 

“This is a great recruiting class for us, both in terms of fit with the culture of our program and in terms of athletic ability,” Taylor said. “All eight of these girls have the ability to be incredible collegiate runners. All eight have the ability to improve dramatically. All eight can help our team win more Atlantic Sun Conference Championships, and compete at Nationals.

“Equally important, all eight are a terrific culture fit for Lipscomb University and our cross country and track programs. They are excellent in character, personality, academics and athletics. They want to be top runners in the nation, while they also want to grow personally and spiritually, and they want to excel athletically.

“I am so excited to welcome them to the Lipscomb Bison cross country and track family.”

 

Courtney Brenner - Serrano High School - Wrightwood, California

  • Times: 5k-17:28, 3200m-11:07, 1600m-5:11
  • Placed 21st at the CIF Southern Section Finals in the 3 mile run.
  • Finished 51st at the CIF California State Cross Country Championships in the 5k.

Taylor on Brenner: “Courtney is a terrific fit with our culture and has unlimited potential. I think she is going to flourish in our program. She’s going to make a big impact on the team in every aspect and can be a top runner in the nation. I think she will develop into one of the top distance runners in the nation.”

 

Kailey Schuyler - Columbia Academy - Spring Hill, Tennessee

  • Times: 5k-19:09, 3200m-11:35, 1600m-5:11
  • Finished 7th at the TSSAA Class A-AA Middle Sectional Finals in the 3200m
  • Placed 7th at the TSSAA State Cross Country Championships in the 5k

Taylor on Schuyler: “When we were recruiting Kailey we knew she was a great culture fit at Lipscomb. Even though her marks were a little slower than other girls we were recruiting, we really felt she should be here. Then I got to see her race at state and saw how much potential she has. She has a ton of talent, and we are very excited to develop her into an incredible collegiate runner.”

 

Haley Humphrey - Bettendorf High School - Bettendorf, Iowa

  • Times: 5k-18:37, 3k-10:15, 1500m-4:49
  • Finished 12th at the Iowa State High School Track and Field Championships in the 1500m
  • Placed at the 5th Iowa State High School Track and Field Championships in the 3000m
  • Finished 5th at the Iowa State High School Cross Country Championships in the 5k

Taylor on Humphrey: “From the first time I talked to Haley I knew she was an incredible culture fit here. She understands that it is important to strive after athletic success, and yet she also wants to grow spiritually and in every other way. Trying to be your best is important and is a witness.  Haley gets that. I also know that Haley has so much room to grow as an athlete.”

 

Makenzie Jones Morristown West High School - Morristown, Tennessee

  • Times: 5k-18:05, 3200m-10:47, 1600m-5:04
  • Finished 10th at the TSSAA State Track and Field Championships in the 3200m
  • Placed 17th at the TSSAA State Cross Country Championships in the 5k

Taylor on Jones: “Makenzie was also a clear fit.  She wants to give all she has in running in order to glorify God.  She has a ton of talent, and though she has already had an incredible high school career, the best is yet to come.  There are things I already know we can do that will make her more efficient and much faster.  She will make a big impact.”

 

Frankie Perna - Morris Hills High School - Rockaway, New Jersey

  • Times: 3200m-11:01, 1600m-5:04
  • Placed 10th at the NJSIAA Sectionals in the 3200m
  • Played varsity soccer

Taylor on Perna: “Frankie is one of those recruits that you hope other coaches don’t find out about before you get the chance to sign her. I know that sounds funny. I think Frankie is the definition of a diamond in the rough. She has been fully committed to high school soccer her whole career, so she hasn’t ever run cross country. Yet, she has posted strong distance times in track. She is a wonderful person, a great fit with our team, and over time will do some amazing things in our system. The sky is the limit for her.”

 

Jordan Stiewig - Villa Park High School - Orange, California

  • Times: 3 mile(xc)-17:39, 3200m-11:02, 1600m-5:06
  • Placed 37th at the Foot Locker West Regionals 5k

Taylor on Stiewig: “I know I keep saying ‘She’s a terrific fit for our culture’ on every person.  However, that is so important to us. It’s been one of the keys to our success. So when I say it about Jordan too, I mean it. Jordan is a great fit with our culture and our team. She is super nice and motivated to improve. She’s had a rough road athletically the past year and a half, however we believe in her and we believe in our ability to get her to a whole new level. She will flourish here.”

 

Asha Smith - Watford City High School - Watford City, North Dakota

  • Times: 4k (xc)-14:36, 3200m-11:16, 1600m-5:00
  • Placed 4th at the North Dakota State Track and Field Championships in the 1600m
  • Won the 3200m at the North Dakota State Track and Field Championships
  • Finished 7th at the North Dakota State Cross Country Championships in the 4k

Taylor on Smith: “Asha was one of those recruits that we were just hoping we would get a quick yes from after her visit. The coaching staff loved her and her personality. She is a terrific fit with our team, is fun to be around, and I think she has an incredible amount of talent and has no idea how good she can be. It will be fun to help her get there.”

 

Cassie Harasts - Montville Township High School - Pine Brook, New Jersey

  • Times: 5k-18:47, 3200m-11:03, 1600m-5:07
  • 1st USATF NJ Junior Olympic Championships 800m
  • 20th NJSIAA State Meet of Champions 1600m
  • 18th NJSIAA Group Championships Cross Country 5k

Taylor on Harasts: “Cassie was our last signee before the early signing period ended. She came on unofficial and official visits, so she really put a lot of thought into her decision. She is a terrific person, another great fit, and again, I really feel that Cassie has so much potential and that we are going to help her improve dramatically.”