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2020-21 Shocker Women XC and Track & Field

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  • 2020-21 Shocker Women XC and Track & Field

    Coach Rainbolt announces his income class of Track and Field Athletes with 9 additions to the women's team and 17 addotions to the women's team.

    Impossible to predict how track and field athletes will develop but my pick for the most likely to make an impact in her Shocker career is:

    Faith Turner (Pittsburg, Kansas; Pittsburg HS) Jumps: Won state championships in the long jump and triple jump during her sophomore and junior years … Placed third at the KSHSAA State meet in the open 100 meters … Won a combined eight competitions in the triple jump and long jump during the 2019 outdoor season … Also played volleyball in high school and was named team captain twice … Came from an athletic family that saw her father Quentin played football at Pitt State and both of her sisters play collegiate athletics as well … Plans on studying Elementary Education. Personal Bests – Long Jump: 5.84m/19-2; Triple Jump: 12.20m/40-0.5; 100 Meters: 12.30

    Pretty solid high school PR's in those events.

    One of the transfers has some decent PR's in her events and has a very unusual bio -- I have no idea where she is eligibility-wise:

    Nicole McMillen (Pickering, Ontario, Canada; Tusculum University) Distance: Won three titles at the 2020 South Atlantic Indoor Conference Championships with wins in the 3,000 meters, 5,000 meters and distance medley relay … Qualified for the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships for a second consecutive year in 2019 and finished 92nd … Won individual conference titles at the 2019 South Atlantic Outdoor conference meet in the 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters and the 3,000-meter steeplechase … Qualified for the NCAA Division II Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and finished sixth to earn All-America honors … Won the South Atlantic Conference's indoor mile race in 2019 with a time of 5:06.43 … Also finished second at the conference indoor meet in 2019 in the 3,000 meters … Finished 59th at the Division II Cross Country Championships in 2018 and was only the third runner in Tusculum history to qualify for the national meet … A former soccer player turned distance runner, McMillen started in all but one of Tusculum's women's soccer matches in her four years on the team … Started running competitively during her junior year of college. Personal Bests – 1,500 Meters: 4:37.74; Mile: 4:53.57; 3,000 Meters: 9:39.38; 5,000 Meters: 16:53.86; 3,000-Meter Steeplechase: 10:25.37

    My vote for the most-likely to be conservative and well-ground in the U.S. Constitution would be:

    Madelynn Luster (Minco, Oklahoma; Minco HS) Throws: Was a first team All-Conference honoree in the discus during her sophomore and junior years … Earned first team honors in the shot put during her junior year … Qualified for the Junior Olympics in the shot put and discus in 2018 and 2019 … Was a Junior Olympics All-American in the discus in 2019 … Was a multi-sport athlete in high school as she also played fastpitch softball, slowpitch softball and basketball … Holds the Washington HS discus record … Parents Mike and Donna were athletes at Hillsdale College. Personal Bests – Discus: 42.34m/138-11; Shot Put: 12.54m/41-2

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    FYI - McMillen only has outdoor track eligibility but she is a good one! Her steeplechase PR along with Topham make them an incredible 1-2 punch!

    Another significant transfer is Karen Lyvers from USF. Really good HS athlete that didn't progress at USF - will remind you of a Larch-Miller with her personality.

    Also, Jocelyn Ruth, transfer from Okie State, was a big-time recruit out of HS but struggled at OSU. Might only have 1 year of eligibility.


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      Originally posted by goshox74 View Post
      Karen Lyvers from USF. Really good HS athlete that didn't progress at USF - will remind you of a Larch-Miller with her personality.

      That is a HIGH bar, to be sure. Those 2 student athletes are among the best to ever grace the halls at WSU, in a lot more ways than just their athletic prowess. Special young ladies.