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In his second recruiting process, Georgetown College's men's cross country coach Todd McDaniel has already signed two athletes for cross country, one of which will also be on the track and field team. The Louisville area harriers, South Oldham's Kyle Wiedemer and St. Xavier's Chris Bartlett have become the first members of the 2011-12 class for McDaniel.
Wiedemer runs a 17:22 in the 5k and a 2:01 in the 800 meter run. In the 800 he recently dropped four seconds off his time to set his new personal record. Joining Wiedemer at his signing are: coach Stan Clark, assistant coach Scott Wilkins, athletic director Mitch Irvin, McDaniel, his father Jim and his mother Carol.
"He will be a great addition to both the cross country and track and field programs," McDaniel said. "I'm looking forward to working with him. He will help fill the void left by our three seniors."
He recently won the pentathlon at Christian Academy of Louisville. A pentathlon consists of running 200- and 800-meter races as well as competing in the high jump, shot put and long jump. Scores from all events are totaled up to get the winner.
Joining Widemer in the 2011-12 class is Chris Bartlett, seen below at his signing. Bartlett's personal record in the 5k is a 16:44.
"Chris is another great addition to the Tiger cross country program," McDaniel said. "Him and Kyle give us more depth to our current roster."
The pair join a solid 2011 sophomore class of Tanner Alexander, Brandon Pulliam and Peyton Anderson, junior Tyler Doolittle, along with seniors Grant Curran, Cody Polzin and Corey Hatfield. Pulliam and Alexander became the first Tiger freshmen to qualify for men's cross country's national meet this past season.