Jan. 14, 2011
WACO, Texas - Baylor head track and field coach Todd Harbour has added hurdler Gabriel El Hanbli and sprinter Kehri Jones to the squad for the upcoming season, he announced Friday.
"We are excited about picking up two great additions," Harbour said. "Kehri had a great high school career and will be an asset to our women's team. With Gabriel being a national champion, he will definitely be able to help out our men's team."
El Hanbli joins the Baylor men after an illustrious career in his home country of Canada, where he won youth, junior and senior national titles in the 400-meter hurdles. In 2010, he won the Canadian Senior national title with a time of 50.94.
Prior to last season, he won the Canadian Youth title in 2007 and then took back-to-back Canadian Junior national titles in 2008 and 2009. For his efforts, El Hanbli was named the Quebec Provincial Athlete of the Year in 2007 and 2009. He also helped the Canadian Junior National team to a bronze medal at the Pan American Games.
Jones will join the Baylor women, helping provide depth to a talented pool of sprinters. A native of Killeen, Texas, Jones was the 2009 Texas UIL District 12-5A champion in the 100 meters, and went on to finish runner-up in the event at regionals and state.
In 2008, Jones placed fifth at the state meet in the 200 meters, and enters Baylor with personal bests of 11.51 in the 100 and 24.27 in the 200 meters.
The Baylor track and field team travels to College Station, Texas, for the Texas A&M Challenge on Saturday, Jan. 14, to kick off the 2011 schedule. The meet is set to begin with preliminary rounds at noon and final rounds at 2 p.m. at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium.