May 25, 2005

Pole vaulter Erin Cluiss of Forney, Swedish distance champion Caroline Erlingson and all-state high jumper Stacey Bennett of Kingsville, Texas, highlight the first 11 recruits to sign National Letters of Intent to compete in track and field at the University of Texas at Arlington, it was announced Thursday.

"We were able to bring in a good class of athletes who are going to help us in some areas we lacked depth this year," said UTA Head Track and Field Coach, John Sauerhage. "I like the potential of this group. They will be provided the opportunity to come in and make an immediate contribution."

Hoyle is a three-time region qualifier as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team at Cameron Yoe High School. he also qualified for regionals as he third leg in the 4x200-meter relay and the second leg of the sprint relay. Hoyle has a personal-best time of 38.92 in the 300-meter hurdles. He was named the Track "MVP" at Cameron Yoe this year. A third-team all-district football player, he caught 51 passes for 910 yards and 10 TDs as a senior. Hoyle was named honorable mention all-state by the Texas Sportswriters Association. He earned second-team all-district honors in basketball after averaging 13.0 points and 15.0 rebounds as a senior. Named to the Super Centex All-Academic Honorable Mention Team, he will graduate with honors.

Cluiss captured fourth in the Class 4A State Meet with a vault of 11-feet, 6-inches . She has cleared 11-9 during her career. She finished second at the Region II Meet in Denton with a height of 11-6 and won District 11-4A with a vault of 10-6. Played as the starting point guard on the Forney H.S. girls basketball team that finished the year 25-6 and fourth place in District 11-4A. Named to the National Honor Society as a junior, she served as the treasurer of the Executive Student Council at Forney High School.

Erlingson claimed the bronze medal in the Sweden School Championships in the 1,500 steeplechase with a time of 5:21.00. She has recorded times of 2:17 in the 800 meters, 4:47 in the one-mile and 10:41.00 in the 3,000 meters.

Bennett is ranked ninth according to in the state in the high jump with a height of 5-8 1/2. She is a three-time Region IV Champion in thee high jump and placed in the top four in the high jump in the Class 4A UIL State Track Meet. As a senior, Bennett claimed second in the Class 4A competition with a leap of 5-07. As a junior, was all-district in basketball, Region IV Champion and fourth place at the UIL State Track Meet in the high jump. The 6-foot-2 athlete earned first-team all-district honors in volleyball as a junior and senior and will walk-on to the UTA volleyball team. A member of 4-H, Texas Scholars, a Bluebonnet Drama Club office and the Latin Club.

Other signees include: Collier McKenzie, decathlete, Corpus Christi Calallen H.S.; LaTasha Watson, sprints and jumps, Harker Heights H.S.; Kymbra Lovan, jumps, Killeen (Texas) Ellison H.S.; Andrew Duncan, jumper, Austin (Texas) McCallum H.S.; Wade Hayes, pole vaulter, Bonham, Texas, Ozie Hood, distance runner, Mansfield (Texas) Summitt H.S. and Elizabeth White of Rowlett, Texas.

Hayes cleared 15-feet to break the Bonham High School pole vault record twice in the same day to place second in the region and advance to the Class 3A state meet. At the UIL State Championships, he cleared 15-9 to win the Class 3A gold medal. Hayes personal best is 15-11. A two-time regional qualifier in the 800-meter relay, he was a regional qualifier in the 4x100 meter relay and a district champion in the 200 meters with a time 22.60. He was named the Bonham High School Track "MVP" for the past three seasons. Named first-team all-district and all-Texomaland quarterback in 2004 and second-team all-district wide receiver in 2004. A two-year letterman in baseball and played center field. Name a Texas Scholar, was a member of the student council and Spanish Club. He participated in the athletes Serving the Community and Team Unite for Fannin County where he served on community projects.

Hood ranked sixth in the area, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, in the 3,200-meter run with a time of 9:30.15. A three-year letterman, Hood earned all-district honors in the two-mile and placed third in the one mile run. He has personal best times of 4:25 in the one lime and 9:29.00 in the 3,200 meters. Lettered four years in cross country and has a personal best time of 15:31. Hood was named to the Who's Who Among High School Students and to the National Honor Society.

Lovan is ranked third in the state by in the triple jump with a leap of 40-5. Her 40-5 leap earned second place at the 4A girls state meet. She has a personal-best leap of 18-8 in the long jump and 5-3 in the high jump as well as a recorded a time of 11.89 in the 100 meters.

Watson competed at the UIL State Track and Field Championships three of four years at Harker Heights. She earned all-district in the long jump as a senior and finished fourth in the region in 2005. She has personal-bests of 12.2 in the 100 meters, 19-0 3/4 in the long jump at the Heights Relays this spring and 36-10 in the triple jump. Was a member of the 4x400-meter relay team that advanced to state in 2002 and the 4x200 relay team that went to the state meet in 2004. She competed on the Harker Heights cross country team for three years. Watson is a member of the National Honor Society.

McKenzie is a District 31-4A champion in the 100-meter high hurdles with a time of 14.20. He owns the school record in the pole vault (15-6) and placed second in the district in the pole vault (15-3) and qualified for regionals in the 110-meter hurdles, long jump, pole vault and as the anchor leg in the 4x100-meter relay. He also was a member of the school-record 4x100-meter relay (42.5) and the 4x200-meter relay (1:28.3). Other personal bests include 6-0 in the high jump and 139 in the 110-meter hurdles. Named the track team "MVP" after senior year. As a junior, won district and Region IV setting new diving records and placed fourth at the UIL State Swimming and Diving Championships. Was the Class 4A boys' top-seed in the one-meter diving competition as a sophomore. Shared the district title in the pole vault as a junior after clearing 14-6. McKenzie was named to the 2004 Corpus Christi Caller-Times All-Metro Football Team second-team as a kicker. He kicked a South Texas-record 52-yard field goal in a 44-7 win over Kingsville during the 2004 season. McKenzie played soccer as freshman. Graduated cum laude and was a senior class sofficer.

Duncan has personal bests of 6-10 in the high jump, 23-3 in the long jump and 47-2 in the triple jump during his prep career. He placed third at the Class 4A state meet in the high jump with a height of 6-8.

White ran the first leg of the District 11-5A champion 4x200-meter relay team that clocked a time of 1;45.19. She was also the lead leg of the 4x400-meter relay team that finished third in the district with a 4:03.44. She competed in the long jump midway through her senior season and posted a personal-best leap of 16-08. White will compete in the sprints at UTA. She has personal best times of 11.97 in the 100 meters, 24.5 in the 200 meters and 57.7 in the 400 meters. White played basketball during the 2002 and 2003 seasons. She earned the Academic Patch for a GPA of 3.0 or greater, named a Texas Scholar and National Honor Society.

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