LAKE CHARLES – McNeese track and field head coach Brendon Gilroy has announced the signing of 11 athletes including four who signed in the early signing period and another four who enrolled in January.
Two of the new signees just wrapped up competition at the LHSAA State Championships while taking gold in several events.
Kevin Tripeaux, a jumper out of Episcopal High School, collected three state titles this past weekend in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. He also finished fourth in the javelin event in the 2A meet. In the indoor season, Tripeaux was the state runner-up in the long jump and finished third in the high jump.
Alissa Lander of Lakeside HS, was the 2A state champion in the 3,200-meter run and a district champion in the 800-meters. She also won the state title in cross country.
Landers was named the 2016 Female Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the Year and after he state XC title this past season, became a three-time state champion in the event.
“We are excited about all who decided to join our team for the next year,” said Gilroy. “We feel this class has addressed some areas we needed to improve in.”
Also signing was Sophie Garbner from Retz, Austria and HLW Hollabrunn school. Garbner is a middle-long distance runner who has clocked personal bests of 4:54 in the 1500, 10:27 in the 3k and a 5k time of 18:07.
Kim Ulendorf is a sophomore transfer middle distance runner from Deutsche Sporthochschule Koln in Cologne, Germany, and has posted PRs of 1:00.18 in the 400-meters and 2:09 in the 800s.
Niall Holt is a junior transfer middle-long distance runner from Cardiff Metropolitan University and Southampton, England. Niall has PRs of 1:54 in the 800 meters, 3:51 in the 1500 and 8:30 in the 3000.
Luke Horgan, another middle-long distance runner, is a freshman transfer from Co Cork, Ireland and University College Cork. He was also a member of the Club Leevale AC.
Horgan has posted PRs of 1:54 in the 800-meters, 3:56 in the 1500s and 8:44 in the 3000-meters.
Signing early for McNeese were Georgia Doyle-lay, Rachel Woods, Shaelyn Hines and Matthew Griffiths.
Doyle-lay competes in the long and triple jumps events as well as the heptathlon. A native of Corwall, United Kingdon, Doyle-lay has PRs of 5.34m in the long jump, 11.22m in the triple jump, and 4610 points in the heptathlon.
Woods is a hurdler from Conroe, Texas who finished fifth in district in the 100m hurdles and sixth in the long jump at Conroe Oak Ridge HS. She’s posted a best time of 9.27 in the 60m hurdles, 14.66 in the 100 hurdles and 45.12 in the 300 hurdles.
Hines is another hurdler from The Woodlands where she captured the district title in the long jump and finished second in district in the 100-meter hurdles. She posted a PR of 14.41 in the 100 hurdles and a 9.02 in the 60 hurdles.
Griffiths is a local product from Sulphur where he ran middle and long distances. He was a member of Sulphur High’s 4×400-meter relay team that recently placed fifth at the state Class 5A championships. His personal records include – 1:59 in the 800m, 4:31 in the 1600m, 6:46 in the 2k steeplechase, 10:37 in the 3200m and 15:33 in the 3-mile.
Four athletes enrolled in January and competed for McNeese during the spring season – Jessica Fox from Sunderland, United Kingdom; Edna Cheptum of Eldoret, Kenya; Miguel Berrera Lopez from San Jose De La Rinco, Spain; and Daniel Sainea from Eldoret, Kenya.