Track & Field - Wed, May. 26, 2010
McDaniel wasted little time in recruiting his first class of
cross country and track and field athletes. In his first
year as head coach of both, the former Georgetown College
standout has signed Brandon Pulliam, Tanner Alexander,
Peyton Anderson - all three of which will be doing both
sports - and Cody Mattingly, Steven Jones, and JT Burns -
all just on the track team.
"I recruited Brandon, Tanner, and Peyton because they showed in high school that they have what it takes to run at the next level," McDaniel said. "They all come from great programs that have challenged them and gotten them ready for college. They all three excel as athletes and as students."
Pulliam runs in the 800-meter (2 minutes 4 seconds), 1,600-meter (4:36), 3,200-meter (10:09), and 5,000-meters (16:58) for Western Hills High School.
Alexander, Russell High School, and Anderson, Daviess County High School, specialize in the longer distances as well, running the 5,000-meter in 16:48 and 16:46 respectively.
Anderson's best in the 800-meter in 2:03, 1,600-meter in 4:42, and the 3,200-meter in 10:24.69. Alexander runs the 1,600-meter in 4:42.56 and the 3,200-meter in 10:10.23.
While those three will be the harrier's for McDaniel, Mattingly and Jones will be the speedsters. Both from Grayson County, Mattingly runs the 100-meter in 11.43, 200-meter in 23.95, and the 400-meter in 53.96 and Jones runs the 400-meter in 57 flat, the 300 hurdles in 46.14, and 200-meter in 24.10.
The seniors also run in various relay events and Jones best in the triple jump is 37-8.75.
"Cody Mattingly and Steven Jones will help during track, giving us more sprinters and athletes to put in relays," McDaniel said.
Burns, another product from Grayson County, is a pole-vaulter. He clears 11-6.
Lexington Christian Academy's Jordan Emmert, Sayre's Maggie Wilson, and Christian Academy of Louisville's Brook Glidewell have all signed to run cross country and track and field next year for Georgetown's women.
Emmert finished 46th in the 2009 Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class A Cross Country State Meet at the Kentucky Horse Park in a time of 22:07.96. Wilson finished in 80th with a time of 23:28.53.
Pictured at their signings are, top to bottom, Pulliam, Alexander, Anderson, Emmert, Wilson, and Mattingly, Jones and Burns - the three Grayson signees - are pictured together.