Track and Field
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Women's Track and Field
December 2, 2004|
SIUE Track and Field Announces Three Early Signees
The defending Great Lakes Valley Conference champion Southern Illinois University Edwardsville track and field teams are getting an early jump in recruiting. The Cougars signed three prospects to national letters of intent who will enroll in the fall of 2005 and begin competition for SIUE in the spring of 2006.
The Cougar track and field staff announced the signing of two additions to the women's team and one addition to the men's team. On the women's side, the Cougars added Alberta Douglas (Moweaqua) and Angel Royston (St. Louis, Mo.). On the men's side, the Cougars added Aaron Wilson (Richton Park).
"I'm delighted with this start to our recruiting classes," said Head Coach Ben Beyers. "I expect all three of these athletes to be able to come right in as freshman and make major contributions to our teams."
Douglas, a two-time state 100-meter champion at Central A&M High School, will be counted on to bring help to the Cougar short sprint area.
"Alberta won state in the 100-meter dash both as a freshman and as a sophomore and was second last year as a junior," said Beyers. "Even though she's already one of the best sprinters in the Midwest, I see her improving more as we are able to refine her technique and give her some added strength and explosion. Her desire to be the best has been apparent for years, and this drive will propel her to even bigger things in college."
Royston, a team Most Valuable Player and All-Conference performer at Hazelwood East High School, will be expected to contribute to the longer sprints.
"Angel is a truly talented young lady that I'm sure a lot of schools will be wishing they saw earlier," Beyers said. "She's coming out of the toughest sectional in Missouri, so she has been somewhat overshadowed during much of her career. But her times, potential, and work ethic put her very high on my list of ‘must-haves' for recruiting class. I think that she will open some eyes both this year in her last year of high school and throughout her college career."
Wilson, an All-State performer last season while a junior at Rich Central High School, adds depth to an already talented mid-distance group for the Cougar men.
"Aaron had a tremendous showing at the state meet last year earning seventh place in the 800-meter run", noted Beyers. "We were not really actively looking for any more 800 runners since we are pretty deep and young in that area, but when you are able to attract a talented and dedicated young man like Aaron, you'd be crazy to pass that up. He's just barely scratching the surface of his enormous talent."
The 2005 Cougar teams open their season on January 15 at the Illinois Wesleyan University Relays.