Butler head coach Matt Roe has assembled one of the largest women's track and field and cross country recruiting classes in school history, including a couple of the nation's top prep runners. The successful Butler coach announced the following class of 15 student-athletes, who will be joining the Bulldogs in 2013-14:
Mason High School
1600 meters: 4:57.00
3200 meters: 10:21.03 (U.S. #15)
5000 meters XC: 17:52.35
-15th ranked U.S. Prep (#7 Senior) at 3200 meters
-2013 Ohio State3A Runner-up at 3200 meters (broke previous State Meet record)
-Led Mason to 2013 4x800 Ohio State 3A Relay title
-2013 Midwest Meet of Champions 3200 meter winner
-2012 Nike Cross Country Nationals Individual qualifier (65th overall)
-Led Mason to 2012 Ohio State 3A Cross Country title (4th place individual)
- Academic All Ohio 2012, 2013
Matt Roe on Wood: "In the span of a year Lauren has come from relative obscurity to one of the fastest preps ever out of the state of Ohio. She is one of the top prospects in the country and a real find for us. What first attracted us to Lauren was her potential, how others spoke of her character, and her academic credentials. She will be a main cog in our program for years to come."
Greencastle High School
800 meters: 2:08.76 (U.S #17)
1600 meters: 4:57.74
5000 meters XC: 18:27.00
-17th ranked U.S Prep (#7 Senior) at 800 meters
- Four times All State in Track
-2013 Indiana State runner-up: 800 meters (broke previous State record)
-2012 4th at Indiana State Meet: 800 meters and 1600 meters
-2011 7th at Indiana State Meet: 800 meters
Matt Roe on Weatherford: "Colleen comes from a very talented family with deep Butler roots. She is one of the fastest middle distance prospects in the country. Beyond her obvious natural abilities, Colleen possesses a big time work ethic which will serve her well at this level. From a coaching standpoint, what I admire most about Colleen is her ability to seek out and thrive in the most competitive moments."
University of Manchester
1500 meters: 4:31.45
3000 meters: 9:43.07
5000 meters: 16:32.72
10 miles (road): 57:59
-2013 31st at British National XC Championships
-2012 U23 British Champion at 5000 meters
-2012 8th at BUCS Championship 5000 meters
Matt Roe on Good: In just her third year of competitive running, Katie is an athlete on the upswing. A pure distance runner, she has a lot of untapped potential in the longer races on the track and in Cross Country. She will be a strong contributor for us this fall."
Colerain High School
800 meters: 2:17.30
1600 meters: 5:06.84
3200 meters: 11:08.06
5000 meters XC: 18:05.13
-Earned All Ohio State 3A honors in Cross Country three times
-Placed 6th at Ohio 3A State Cross Country Meet in 2013
Matt Roe on Seiler: "Consistency is critical in our sport and that is why we are excited to welcome Kristen into our program. She exudes toughness when she races. As she develops aerobically in our training system her deceptive foot speed will be extenuated on both the track and the trail."
Lewis Center, Ohio
Olentangy Orange High School
5000 meters XC: 18:19.00
-2011 Ohio State Indoor 3200 meter runner-up
-2012 5th place 3200 meters: Ohio State 3A State Championships
Matt Roe on Hartzell: Hannah has the ability and mindset to be successful at this level. After a year of setbacks, she is healthy and ready for college. She will bring great energy and depth to our program."
Alex Van Hoof
Central Catholic High School
3 Miles XC: 17:18.00
-Four time All State (1A) Cross Country
-2011 Illinois State 1A Cross Country runner-up
Matt Roe on Van Hoof: "Alex ran in the smallest division in Illinois and was, at times, somewhat limited in her competitive experiences. She has great physical tools and has shown flashes of a very high level of running. A consistent, progressive training approach is going to serve her well. In time, she is going to surprise a lot of people."
Crown Point, Ind.
Crown Point High School
-Three time Indiana State Finalist at 400 meters
-Led Crown Point to State berth in 4x400 relay (2011)
-IHSAA sectional and regional champion at 400 meter (2010)
Matt Roe on Beckham: "We have seen tremendous growth in our sprint program in the last few years. Bailey is only going to add or our group's record setting efforts. Bailey is a versatile athlete who will be an important contributor in the long sprint events and on the relays."
West Ottawa High School
-Two time Michigan State qualifier: 800 meters
-2013 Midwest Meet of Champions qualifier
Matt Roe on DeShaw: Lauren is a newcomer to the sport after a long and successful swimming career. She has shown good potential off of minimal training. Lauren possesses great energy and desire to transition to collegiate running."
Columbus North High School
3200 meters: 11:21.01
-Helped Columbus North to a 3rd place (2012) and
2nd place (2011) finish at State XC Championships
-Helped guide Columbus North to a berth at Nike Team Nationals (2011)
-2012 Indiana State Qualifier: 3200 meters
Matt Roe on Wolfe: Caryn comes to Butler from one of Indiana's top distance programs. She will fit in well right away and add further the depth of our team."
Also Joining the Bulldogs:
Jones College Prep
Brown County HS
Fishers High School
St. Charles, Ill.
St. Charles HS