June 18, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State track and field head coach Rollie Geiger has announced the program's 2013 signing class. The class is made up of 17 total signees, including 11 from the state of North Carolina.
“For both the men’s and women’s programs, this class has student-athletes who will contribute in several different areas,” Geiger said. “The goal this year was to strengthen the program in several events. A number of our signees are high school All-Americans, but having said that, it always takes time for someone who enters into college to compete at the Division I level.”
The Geiger-led program has a storied history in terms of developing some of the best track and field athletes in the country. That became evident once again during the 2013 outdoor season, which saw NC State produce seven All-America performances at the NCAA Championships.
“The focus in our recruiting for this program is consistent with NC State's 'This is Our State' campaign, as it does begin with North Carolina recruits,” Geiger said. “Eleven of the 17 athletes in this class are from the state of North Carolina, and we think that is an important part of recruiting track and field athletes; keeping them at home.”
This signing class extends beyond just North Carolina prospects however, as the Wolfpack also added student-athletes from six other states.
“Complementing the strength of in-state student-athletes is a group of national-level out-of-state athletes who will add to the depth and character of the program,” Geiger stated. “Overall it’s a class that has great potential, and I believe in some of the events, there will be immediate impacts at the ACC and national level.
“In the recruiting process, it's really important that the staff gets to know not only the prospect, but the prospect's family as well. We are confident that this year’s class will develop into a group of successful student-athletes."
Bakri Aboshouk • Cary, N.C. • Cary HS
--> 2012 NCHSAA State Champion for Cross Country
--> Won 1000m, 1600m, and 3200m at 2013 NCHSAA Indoor State Meet earning MVP honors
--> 2013 Indoor All-American for 2 miles
--> North Carolina Gatorade Runner of the Year for 2012-13.
--> Member of A-B Honor Roll
Cameron Cooper • Mebane, N.C. • Cedar Ridge HS
--> Placed 4th in the 400m, 6th in the 200m, and 7th in the 100-meter dash at the 2013 North Carolina 2A State Championships
--> Won a state championship in the 200m and placed 2nd in the 100m at the 2012 North Carolina 2A State Championships
Sebastian Hanson • Pleasant Valley, N.Y. • Arlington HS
--> 2013 Indoor 3200-meter state champion in New York
--> 2012 New York Federation Champion in Cross Country
--> Anchored All-American distance medley relay squad indoors and outdoors in 2012
--> Member of National Honor Society
5000m (XC): 15:07
Erin Jenkins • Charlotte, N.C. • Zebulon B. Vance HS
--> Placed second in the 300-meter hurdles and fourth in the 110m hurdles at the 2013 North Carolina 4A State Championships
--> Placed fourth at the 2012 High School National Championships in the 400m hurdles
--> Placed fourth in the 400m hurdles at the 2012 USATF Junior Olympic Track Championships
110m hurdles: 14.30
300m hurdles: 37.82
400m hurdles: 52.99
Nick Link • Blacksburg, Va. • Blacksburg HS
--> 2012 Virginia AA State Champion in Cross Country
--> Placed 11th at 2012 Nike Cross Nationals to help lead team to a 10th place finish
--> Member of All-American DMR squad at 2013 New Balance Indoor National
--> Eight-time Virginia AA All-State Performer
5000m (XC): 15:21
Grant Rivers • Hendersonville, N.C. • Hendersonville HS
--> 2011 and 2012 NCHSAA 1A Champion in the high jump
--> 2013 NCHSAA Western Regional Champion in the high jump, triple jump, and 110m hurdles
--> Western Highlands Conference Track Athlete of The Year in 2012 and 2013
--> All-Highland Conference in football in 2012 and 2013
--> Member of National Honor Society
High Jump: 6' 8.00"
Triple Jump: 41' 4.00"
Long Jump: 21' 1.50"
William Taylor-Haynes • Tampa, Fla. • Alonso HS
--> Placed third in the 100m hurdles and eighth in the high jump at the 2013 Florida 4A State Championships
--> Placed third at the 2013 Florida Relays in the 110m hurdles
--> Placed second in the 110m hurdles at the 2013 Mt. SAC Relays
--> Finished fourth at the 2013 Golden South Classic in the 110m hurdles
110m hurdles: 13.96
300m hurdles: 40.56
High Jump: 6' 4.00"
Jacob Thomson • Louisville, Ky. • Holy Cross HS
--> 12-time Kentucky State Champion (2 XC, 9 Track, 1 Team)
--> Two-time Footlocker Finalist, finishing fifth in 2012
--> Runner-up at the 2012 New Balance Outdoor Nationals for 5000 meters
--> State record-holder in the 1600m
--> Two-time Gatorade Runner of the year in the state of Kentucky
Amara Bell • Garner, N.C. • Southeast Raleigh HS
--> Placed third in the triple and fifth in the high jump at the 2013 North Carolina 4A State Championships
--> Champion in the high jump and fifth in the triple jump at the 2013 Indoor North Carolina 4A State Championships
--> Third in the high jump at the 2012 4A North Carolina State Championships
Triple Jump: 38' 3.75"
Long Jump: 17' 5.00"
High Jump: 5' 6.00"
Shirlee Evans • Fayetteville, N.Y. • Pine Forest HS
--> Placed fourth in the triple jump and qualifier in the long jump at the 2013 North Carolina 4A State Championships
--> Placed eighth in the triple jump at the 2011 North Carolina 4A State Championships
--> Won the long and triple jumps at the 2013 Mid-South Conference Championships
Triple Jump: 37' 10.50"
Long Jump: 18' 7.00"
Cidni Ford • Raleigh, N.C. • Wakefield HS
--> Member of three NCHSAA 4A State Championship teams for Wakefield High School
--> School record-holder in the triple jump
--> Placed fifth at the 2012 New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the triple jump
--> Placed third in the triple jump and sixth in the long jump at the 2012 NCHSAA 4A Indoor State Championships
--> Recipient of the Wolverine All-Academic Award three years in a row
100m hurdles: 16.03
Long Jump: 17' 11.00"
Triple Jump: 37' 9.00"
Erika Kemp • Mount Holly, N.J. • Roncocas Valley Regional HS
--> 2013 Indoor NJSIAA Group Chmpion for 3200m
--> Placed fourth at the NJSIAA Meet of Champions for 3200m
--> 2013 Sectional Champion for 3200m both indoors and outdoors
--> 2013 Burlington County Champion in the 800m,1600m, and 3200m
Tyra Lea • Raleigh, N.C. • Wakefield HS
--> 2013 4A NCHSAA 200-meter Champion and runner-up in the 100m
--> 2013 NCHSAA Indoor Champion in the 300m, triple jump, and 4x400m, earning MVP Honors
--> Holds the North Carolina all-time high school records for 200m and 300m
--> Finished third at the NCHSAA State Championships in the 200m in 2012
Triple Jump: 37' 7.00"
Tiana Patillo • Raleigh, N.C. • Wakefield HS
--> 2012 NCHSAA Indoor Champion for 500m
--> Member of the 2012 4x200m Indoor National Champion relay team
--> Set North Carolina's top all-time mark in the 500m in 2013
--> Ranked in the top 10 nationally in three events for the 2013 indoor season
--> Member of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 Indoor and Outdoor State Champion 4x400m relay squads
--> Owns over 20 All-America designations between the 2010 and 2013 indoor and outdoor track seasons
--> Member of the honor roll each year of high school
Alyssa Rudawsky • Garnet Valley, Pa. • Garnet Valley HS
--> All-Delaware County Selection in cross country and track in 2012
--> Third Team All-Pennsylvania State Team for 2013 Indoor Track
--> Member of the honor roll each semester of high school career
Paisley Simmons • High Point, N.C. • T. Wingate Andrews HS
--> 2012 NCHSAA Outdoor 2A State Champion in the 100m and 200m
--> State Champion in the 55m during the 2012 and 2013 indoor seasons
--> 2011 outdoor state meet runner up in the 100m and 200m events
--> 2010 State Champion in the 100m
Lauren Velasco • Raleigh, N.C. • Cardinal Gibbons HS
--> Placed third in the 1600m at 2013 NCHSAA 3A State Championships
--> Helped Cardinal Gibbons HS to the 2012 NCHSAA 3A State Championship in cross country
--> Named 2012 All-Conference in Cross Country
--> Member of the third place 4x800m relay team at the 2012 NCHSAA 3A Outdoor State Championships
--> Member of the National Honor Society