Flames announce 11 track/XC newcomers

From Lee Sports Information
Posted 7/20/17

Lee University track and field head coach Caleb Morgan has announced 11 newcomers on the Flames' squad for the 2017-18 school year.

“Recruiting is the cornerstone to developing and …

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Flames announce 11 track/XC newcomers

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Lee University track and field head coach Caleb Morgan has announced 11 newcomers on the Flames' squad for the 2017-18 school year.

“Recruiting is the cornerstone to developing and sustaining a successful program,” said Morgan. “We have brought in a number of distance runners who we believe will make us a contender to repeat for this year's South Regional Championship in Cross Country and three-peat as GSC (Gulf South Conference) Champions.

“We return most of our cross country roster from 2016 and have picked up some key pieces that should propel us from 18th last year to a top 10 team nationally.

“We have added a number of athletes who will compete in track & field events we haven't had athletes in before.

“The quality of the athletes we have brought in should take us from last year's 21st place finish at nationals to a top 10 program in DII for this coming spring.”

The highlights of this year's recruiting class are: three athletes from Alabama and South Carolina who won a combined 11 individual state titles, a 6-feet-7-inch high jumper, and 14-feet-10 inch pole vaulter.

Tennessee Signees

Cason Still

Bradley Central HS

Cleveland

Personal Records: 60m (7.11), 100m (10.93), 200m (22.35).

• 2017 District 7 AAA Champion 100m.

• 2017 5th at Tennessee State Indoor Championship 60m.

Coach Morgan: "Cason did not start running track until his junior year. He has a lot of potential.

“I can't wait to see where he is in a couple of years with consistent training under his belt.”

Ben Tabor

Cumberland County HS

Crossville

Personal Records: 3,200m (9:32), 1,600m (4:30), 5K XC (16:03).

• 2016 All-State in Cross-Country.

• 2016 All-State in 3,200.

• 2016 Chattanooga Runner of the Year.

Coach Morgan: "Ben has been one of the top runners in the Chattanooga area the last couple of years.

“I have been able to watch him grow into a great runner. He should be fighting for a top 7 spot on our cross-country team this fall.”

Theantherak Ieng

East Hamilton HS

Ooltewah

Personal Records: Discus (132'5), Shot Put (46'3).

• 2016 4th place at Tennessee Section 2.

• 2016 10th place at Tennessee State Championship.

Coach Morgan: "Theantherak gives us a big boost in the throws. He will be our top shot put thrower.

“He will make a big impact in our conference as a freshman.

“Theantherak is eager to try out the collegiate throws the javelin and hammer throw.”

Teagan Lenox

Summit HS

Spring Hill

Personal Records: 400m (51.37), 200m (23.20).

• 2017 6th in Tennessee section 3

• 2017 4th in Tennessee sub-section 3.

Coach Morgan: “Teagan has a lot of potential at the 400m. He will be someone we are counting on to be part of our 4x400.

“Teagan had a big senior year improving significant amounts in each of his events.”

Out-of-state Signees

Caleb Eagleson

New Palestine (Ind.) HS

Personal Records: 800m (1:55), 1,600m (4:25), 3,200m (9:33).

• 2017 4x800m ranked #11 nationally.

• 2017 Indiana All-State 4x800m

Coach Morgan: “Caleb has a multitude of potential. This Fall was his first XC season and this Spring was his first track season racing over 800m.

“His running career has just begun and he has already accomplished a great deal.”

Jackson Ellenburg

Summerville (S.C.) HS

Personal Records: 5K XC (15:21), 3,200m (9:31), 1,600m (4:21), 800m (1:57).

• 2014 and 2015 South Carolina Cross-Country State Champion.

• 2015 South Carolina 3200m State Champion.

• 2014 and 2015 South Carolina Gatorade Athlete of the Year.

Coach Morgan: "Jackson is one of the best cross-country runners to ever come out of South Carolina.

“Jackson has run two of the fastest times ever on the South Carolina state meet course. He is a tough competitor. We can't wait to get him on campus training with our top guys.”

Rafe Erisman

Fred J. Page HS

Franklin

Personal Records: Discus (148'7), Shot Put (43'6).

• 2016 2nd place at Tennessee west sub-section.

• 2016 8th place at Tennessee State Championship.

Coach Morgan: “Rafe is filling a much needed void on our roster. He is a fantastic discus thrower who will make a big impact in our conference.

“Rafe has progressed a considerable amount since picking up the event. We look for him to continue his high rate of improvement in college.”

Ben Gilman

Hilton Head (S.C.) HS

Personal Records: 800m (1:53), 1,600m (4:16), 5K XC (15:10).

• 2015, 2016, and 2017 South Carolina State Champion 1,600m.

• 2015 and 2016 South Carolina Cross-Country State Champion.

• 2016 South Carolina State Champion 800m.

Coach Morgan: “Ben is one of the most decorated athletes to come through South Carolina picking up 6 individual state titles.

“We are blessed he has chosen to come to Lee University. I can't wait to see how he adapts to collegiate level racing.”

Casey Guthrey

St. Bernard HS

Cullman, Ala.

Personal Records: 5K XC (16:17), 1,600m (4:31), 3,200m (9:55).

• 2016 Alabama Cross-Country State Champion.

• 2017 Alabama State Champion 1,600m.

• 2017 Alabama State Champion 3,200m.

Coach Morgan: “Casey has done whatever he needed to do in order to be the best in his classification to win state championships over the past year.

“He will bring that same focus and poise to our team. Being on a competitive roster will bring out the best in him.”

Evan Hansen

Vincennes (Ind.) CC

Personal Records: High Jump (6 feet 7 inches).

• 2016 and 2017 NJCAA Region 12 Champion.

• 2016 and 2017 NJCAA National Qualifier.

Coach Morgan: "Evan will have a major impact in our conference. He will compete for a GSC individual title.

“He is only one inch off of being a DII provisional qualifier. We are excited to add such an elite athlete to our field event program.”

Daniel Surman

Archer HS

Lawrenceville, Ga.

Personal Records: Pole Vault (14 feet 10 inches).

• 2017 5th at Georgia State Championship.

• 2017 Region 8 Champion.

Coach Morgan: “Daniel jumped two feet better as a senior than he did as a junior.

“He is figuring out which pole works best for him. He will come into the conference and have a chance to win the pole vault as a freshman.”

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