Nov. 14, 2006
WACO, Texas -
The Baylor track and field program has signed 12 athletes, six women and six men, to National Letters of Intent, head coach Todd Harbour announced Tuesday.
"We felt like we needed to add depth to the women's sprint group and we were very successful in that respect," Harbour said. "They all represent so much of what we try to stand for at Baylor and this has the potential to be one of our best classes ever here."
On the women's side, the Bears have added sprinters Brittany Bruce of Lee's Summit, Mo., who was the 2006 AAU 400-meter champion, as well as the Missouri state runner-up in the 100 meters and 200 meters. Brittany Carr of Colleyville, Texas, who was a member of the 2006 USATF Junior Olympic champion 4x100-meter relay team that broke the National record. She was also the 3rd-place finisher in the 200 meters and the fifth-place finisher in the 100 meters at the 5A state championships. Tiffany Townsend of Killeen, Texas, who won the AAU 200-meter championship and was the third-place finisher in the 200 meters at the 4A state championships.
"These three young ladies all have the ability to run 100 meters to 400 meters which greatly adds to our 4x100 and 4x400 depth. Along with Leigh Ann Ganzar, they also are all national champions, which is a pretty nice indicator to us that they possess the talent and drive to be successful at this level," Harbour said. "Coach Mike Ford did a fantastic job in the recruiting of this sprint group. After the group of men that we brought in this fall we felt that we needed to try to duplicate it on the women's side. Mike and Coach (Clyde)Hart are both very excited about working with this very talented group of young ladies."
In the distance events, Leigh Ann Ganzar of Littleton, Colo., was the 2006 USATF Junior Olympic 800-meter champion.
"Leigh Ann is a rare 400/800 runner, who has run very well in cross country," Harbour said. "She should be one of the best 800 runners in the country this spring."
Kristen McGlynn of Bailey, Colo., is a four-time Colorado state champion, claiming the 2006 1,600-meter and 3,200 meter titles as well as the 2005 and 2006 cross country titles.
"Kristen has been one of Colorado's top cross-country runners the last two years and has a great chance to be a Footlocker finalist here in the next couple of weeks," Harbour said.
Lauren Simpson of Canyon, Texas, was a three-time state class 3A 800-meter champion and also captured the 1,600-meter title and was on the state champion 4x400-meter relay.
"Lauren is a fierce competitor who stays busy all year," Harbour said. "After her cross-country season she plays point guard on one of the top 3A basketball programs in the state."
Baylor also added another standout class to go along with last year's class, which was recently ranked second nationally by Track & Field News.
"On the men's side our goal was to try to add some depth to other event areas and we feel that as a staff we addressed that need," Harbour stated.
In the men's distance events, the Bears added James Gilreath of Bartlett, Tenn., who was the state 800-meter champion, and Robert Knorr of Livermore, Calif., who was a three-time USATF All-American in cross country and track and field.
"Coach Jon Capron did a fantastic job in the recruiting of both Robby and James and after losing All-American Wil Fitts to graduation we needed to fill a void in the 800 area," Harbour said. "James possesses both the speed and strength that you look for in a half-miler. Robby has had a great fall and we project him to run very fast this spring. He may be the biggest sleeper in this class."
The Bears also signed two to bolster the field events with Joe Farley of Aledo, Texas, who is the fourth-ranked returning pole vaulter nationally this season and Nick Lyons of Waitsburg, Wash., who is the seventh-ranked returning javelin thrower this season.
"With Nick and Joe being two of the top returning athletes nationally in their respective field events they will make an immediate impact at the conference level for us," Harbour said. "Coach (Danny) Brabham, who recruited both of these young men, feels that both will develop into outstanding national level athletes for us.
After addressing the field and distance teams the Bears turned their attention back to the sprint group and signed Marcus Boyd of Fort Worth, Texas, a fourth-place finisher at the Texas state track championships in the 400 meters and the seventh-ranked returning quarter-miler nationally this season. Whitney Prevost III from Texas City, Texas, finishes off this outstanding class of 2007. Prevost was the Texas Relays champion in the 100 meters and is ranked sixth nationally among returning runners in that event, as well as the state 4A runner-up in the long jump and the fifth-ranked returning long jumper nationally.
"Marcus ran with LaJerald (Betters), Trey (Harts) and J.T. (Scheuerman) this summer in a 4x100 so he is cut out of the same cloth as those three," Harbour said. "Coach Hart believes that both Whitney and Marcus have the potential to both be outstanding 400 meter runners here at Baylor before their careers are over."
"We needed a big time long jumper to replace All-American Chris Gillis and Whitney definitely fills that need," said Coach Stacey Smith.
"This is an outstanding class of student athletes," Harbour said. "Our entire coaching staff did a fantastic job of bringing this class all together. We addressed our needs as well as signing some of the top athletes in the nation."
Lee's Summit, Mo. (Lee's Summit West)
2006 AAU 400-meter champion...Runner-up in the 100 and 200 meters at the Missouri class 3 state championships...District 7 - class 3 champion in the 100 meters and runner-up in the 200 meters...Section 4 - class 3 champion in both the 100 and 200 meters...Has personal best times of 23.96 in the 200 meters and 55.02 in the 400 meters.
Colleyville, Texas (Colleyville Heritage)
Was a member of the 2006 USATF Junior Olympic champion 4x100-meter relay...Finished third in the 200 meters and fifth in the 100 meters at the Texas class 5A state championships...Region I-5A runner-up in the 100 and 200 meters...District 5-5A champion in the 100 and 200 meters...Has personal bests of 11.37 in the 100 meters and 23.88 in the 200 meters.
Leigh Ann Ganzar
Littleton, Colo. (Littleton)
Was the 2006 USATF Junior Olympic 800-meter champion...Was the runner-up in the 800 meters at the Colorado class 5A state championships...Has a personal best of 2:10.81 in the 800 meters.
Bailey, Colorado (Home School)
Is a four-time Colorado state champion...Was the 2006 Colorado state class 3A champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters...Was the 2005 and 2006 Colorado class 3A state cross country champion...Was the 2006 Great Southwest champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 meters...Was the 2006 Rocky Mountain Region cross country champion...Has personal bests of 4:40.05 in the 1,500 meters and 10:17.69 in the 3,000 meters.
Canyon, Texas (Canyon)
Has won the state 3A championship in the 800 meters each of the last three years...Also captured the state 3A title in the 1,600 and was a member of the state champion 4x400-meter relay...Was the 2005 runner-up at the class 3A state cross country championships...Led her team to the title at the 2004 class 3A state cross country championships...Has personal bests of 2:15.3 in the 800 meters and 5:00.06 in the 1,600 meters.
Killeen, Texas (Killeen)
Won the 2006 AAU 200-meter championship...Finished third in the 200 meters at the Texas class 4A state championships...Was the region II-4A and district 16-4A 200-meter champion...Has personal bests of 11.65 in the 100 meters and 23.78 in the 200 meters.
Fort Worth, Texas (North Crowley)
Was the region I-5A and district 4-5A champion in the 400 meters...Finished fourth at the Texas class 5A championships and won the Great Southwest Championship...Has personal bests of 21.18 in the 200 meters and 47.36 in the 400 meters.
Aledo, Texas (Aledo)
Is the fourth-ranked returning pole vaulter nationally this season...Finished third at the Texas class 4A state championships...Has a personal best of 16'6".
Bartlett, Tenn. (Bartlett)
Was the Tennessee state champion in the 800 meters...Placed fifth at the Nike Outdoor Nationals...Has personal bests of 1:51.69 in the 800 meters and 16:10 in the 5,000-meters cross country.
Livermore, Calif. (Valley Christian)
Won individual titles at the Stanford Invite and Mt. Sac Relays...Was the division five runner-up at the California state cross country championships...Was a three-time USATF All-American in cross country and track and field...Two-time CCS cross country first team (2004, 2005)...Has personal bests of 4:18 in the 1,600 meters and 9:26 in the 3,200 meters.
Waitsburg, Wash. (DeSales Catholic)
Is the seventh-ranked returning javelin thrower nationally this season...Has a personal best mark of 198'10".
State Champion Class B II.
Whitney Prevost III
Texas City, Texas (Texas City)
Region III-4A champion in the 100, 4x100-meter relay, 4x200-meter relay and the long jump...Class 4A state champion in the 4x100-meter relay and the runner-up in the long jump and 100 meters...2006 Texas Relays champion in the 100 meters, 4x100-meter relay and the 4x200-meter relay...Has personal bests of 10.41 in the 100m and21.17 in the 200, with a long jump mark of 24'4''.