HAMMOND, La. – The Southeastern Louisiana track and field program continued to build for the future with the announcement of six signees this week.
Joining the men’s program, currently ranked 34th in the nation this week, are thrower Shane Berens (Hays, Kansas), mid-distance runner Jonathan Respress (McDonough, Georgia) and distance runner Anthony Cordero (El Paso, Texas). The newest Lady Lions are thrower Charlotte Wissing (Rheine, Germany) and sprinters Friederike Matthes (Koblenz, Germany) and Sophia Huegel (Weimer, Germany).
Those six will join the 13 student-athletes who signed with Southeastern during the early signing period in November.
“We are very excited about this group of athletes who add to and bolster the large group we signed in November during the early period,” Southeastern recruiting coordinator Corey Mistretta said. “We had a few areas we wanted to address (throws, female sprints, and men’s distance) and we were able to accomplish that with some quality student-athletes.
Berens, out of Hays High School, is one of the nation’s top throwing prospects with personal-best throws of 171-5 in the discus and 56-0 in the shot put.
“We are super excited about what Shane is going to bring to our historically strong throws group,” Mistretta said.
Respress, from Eagles Landing High School, is one of the top middle distance runners in the state of Georgia. He has run times of 1:55 in the 800 and 4:28 in the 1,600.
“We are extremely excited about what he is going to add to the strong distance group we signed during the early period in November,” Mistretta said. “The most exciting thing about Jonathan is that he has only been running for two year and has found a way to position at the top of the Georgia rankings. We expect Jonathan to make an impact at the conference level in his freshman year.”
Cordero joins Franklin High School teammate Adam Cortez who signed with Southeastern in November. Cordero’s best times to date are 1:57 in the 800, 4:35 in the 1,600 and 15:45 in the 5K.
“We are expecting Anthony to be one of our top cross-country runners in the fall and his continued improvement in the shorter races will help during track season as well,” Mistretta said.
The Lady Lions added a pair of sprinters and a thrower out of Germany. Matthes comes in with a personal bests of 7.89 in the 60 meters, 12.14 in the 100 and 25.03 in the 200.
“With the graduation of Sharonna Williams and Kaelynn Smith, we have a need for short sprinters and we feel very good about what Friedrike will offer to that group,” Mistretta said.
Huegel is another short sprinter/short hurdler out of Germany. She has career bests of 12.5 in the 100 meters and 14.45 in the 100-meter hurdles.
“We are super excited that Sophia has chosen Southeastern as the university in the states where she will continue her career while pursuing a college degree in sports medicine,” Mistretta said.
Wissing joins the Lady Lions with a personal-best throw of 151-10 in the javelin.
“She will come in and be an immediate impact at both the conference and regional levels,” Mistretta said.
Mistretta said the program is not yet finished with recruiting for next season’s squad.
“We are still looking to fill a few spots to complete our teams and will be paying very close attention to the state meets that are about to start happening as well as the junior college national championships for possible additions to the men’s and women’s rosters,” Mistretta said.
Southeastern continues its 2017 outdoor season at the LSU Alumni Gold Saturday at Bernie Moore Track Stadium in Baton Rouge.
2017 Southeastern Louisiana Track & Field Spring Signees
Shane Berens – Throws – Hays, Kansas – Hays HS
Anthony Cordero – Distance – El Paso, Texas – Franklin HS
Jonathan Respress – Mid-Distance – McDonough, Ga. – Eagles Landing HS
Sophia Huegel – Sprints/Hurdles – Weimer, Germany
Friederike Matthes – Sprints – Koblenz, Germany
Charlotte Wissing – Throws – Rheine, Germany