Nov. 27, 2001
WACO, Texas -
Baylor head track and field coach Clyde Hart announced the signing of five athletes to National Letters of Intent to run for the Bears during the 2002-2003 track season. The Bears 2002 freshmen class consists of one of the best 800 runners in the nation and four top distance runners in the state.
Leading the way for the signing class of 2002 will be William Fitts out of Desoto High School in Desoto, Texas. An 800 meter runner, Fitts is the reigning USTAF 800 meter champion after turning in a PR time of 1:50.08 in the race. In addition Fitts represented the United States at the Junior Nationals in Great Britian over the summer where he brought home a second place finish in the 800 meter race. Fitts also placed second in the 800 at the 2001 Texas state meet.
"William is one of the top 800 meter runners in the country. He comes in with the best 800 meter high school time in the country," said Hart. "We fully expect him to be our top 800 runner in the spring."
Lisa Cornelius, a 1600 and 3200 meter runner from Little Elm High School in Little Elm, Texas will also join the Bears in the fall. Cornelius currently owns the 2001 state titles in both the 1600 meters and the 3200 meters. Also a successful cross country runner, Cornelius won this years' Texas cross country state championship. She also broke the state meet cross country course record running the two-mile race in just 10:52.
"We expect Lisa to have an outstanding spring for us," said Hart. "She will help replace the hole left by departing senior Kara Newton."
Also coming to Baylor will be Rob Morrow from Grapevine High School, in Grapevine, Texas. Morrow runs cross country as well as the 1600 and the 3200. He was the 2000 4A cross country state champion, and was the runner up at this years' state championship meet. Morrow also owns personal-best times of 4:18 in the 1600, and 9:27 in the 3200.
"Rob is one of the better distance runners in the state of Texas," said Hart. "He is expected to help out both cross country team and our track and field team."
Another 1600 and 3200 meter runner, Cody Wells from Crawford High School in Crawford, Texas will remain close to home to run for Baylor next fall. Wells has recorded PR times of 4:25 in the 1600 and 9:26 in the 3200, and is the current Texas state champion in the 3200 meters. In addition Wells earned runner up honors at the 2001 2A cross country state meet after taking top honors in the race in 2000.
The final Bear signee is Bo Price out of Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Texas. Price is the reigning Region II cross country champion, and has recorded PR times of 4:22 in the 1600 and 9:38 in the 3200.
"Cody and Bo will not only help us in track and field but also on the cross country team," said Hart. "We are delighted to welcome them and the other three signees to the Baylor track and field program."