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Aug. 2, 2005
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CINCINNATI, Ohio -- The University of Cincinnati men's and women's track and field teams have added talent and depth to their respective squads with the signing of 21 student-athletes to national letters-of-intent.
Men's head coach Bill Schnier is happy with UC's first recruiting class as a member of the BIG EAST Conference. "For the first time we benefited from out-of-state scholarships and our recruiting reflected that," Schnier commented. "With our returnees and talented recruits, we plan to make a run at the BIG EAST championship."
Local products John Dixon (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield), Josh Fishback (Batavia, Ohio/Cleremont Northwestern), Randy and Rick King (North Bend, Ohio/St. Xavier) and Zachary Webb (Fairfield, Ohio/Fairfield) highlight the 2005 incoming class. Webb finished sixth in the state in the 800 meters and will add depth to the already dominant stable of 800 runners UC has compiled. Randy King finished seventh in the state in the 1600 meters, while twin brother Rick placed 11th in the 800. Soloman Kessio (Eldoret, Kenya/Kosirai), the brother of former Bearcat Ruth Limo, anchors the class. Troy Lammers (New Bremen, Ohio/New Bremen) was the 2005 Ohio state champion in the 300 hurdles and also finished fifth in the 110 hurdles. Antoine Drakeford (Columbus, Ohio/Africentric) was a fourth-place finisher in the 400 meters at the state meet, while Chad Hanson (Zanesville, Ohio/West Muskingum) placed eighth and 10th, respectively, in the discus and shot put. Kasey Waaland (Nashport, Ohio/Tri-Valley) was a sixth-place finisher in the 110 hurdles.
The women's team added 10 student-athletes, including local standouts Lisa Klotz (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain), Ellen Knopf (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy), Crystal Miller (Cincinnati, Ohio/Princeton) and Justine Yauch (Cincinnati, Ohio/Mother of Mercy). Klotz was a third-place finisher in the shot put at the 2005 Ohio State High School Championships. Sybil McLeod (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) was a part of the Division I state-champion 4x200 relay team as well as the second-place 4x100 squad. Kristina Schuerle (Barnesville, Ohio/Barnesville) placed sixth at the Ohio State High School Cross Country Championships. Dennale Speakman (Chillicothe, Ohio/Union-Scioto) was a 16th-place finisher in the 100 meters and a 9th-place finisher in the 200 meters. She also earned all-state honors in volleyball and basketball. Cameron Turner (Columbus, Ohio/Eastmoor Academy) ran the anchor leg for the state-record-holding 4x100 relay team, leading Eastmoor to the 2005 Ohio State Championship.
"I think we had a very strong recruiting year, especially in the distance area," women's head coach Jim Schnur said. "I am really enthusiastic about our prospects. We have more people looking at us than ever before, with all the improvements going on at UC and heading into the BIG EAST."