Feb. 13, 2014
DENTON, Texas - North Texas track and field head coach Carl Sheffield today announced the signing of eight student-athletes to National Letters of Intent: Zachary Kirkland, Jacob Babbidge, Ben Jepson, Adam Steele, Benjamin Brokenshire, Eddie Wilcox, Chelsea Crayton and Christina Moralez.
Zachary Kirkland, from Justin Northwest High School, is a distance runner. Kirkland's stellar 800-meter run at the District 4-5A meet last year placed first, and advanced him to the regional meet, where he was the 2013 champion. In 2012, he finished in 19th at the state cross country championships.
Texas native Jacob Babbidge will bring his high endurance to the Mean Green from Marcus High School. In 2013, Babbidge's placed fourth in the District 5-5A meet in the 1600m and 3200m. He is currently ranked eighth in the state 5A boy's 3200m and 11th in the 1600m.
Westlake High School senior Ben Jepson also ranks in the top-15 in Texas in the 5A boy's 1600m, and 23rd in the 3200m. In 2013, Jepson was a district champion in cross country and the 1600m in track.
Adam Steele, from Flower Mound Marcus, is another distance runner who will bring his talents to the Mean Green in 2014. Steele is a three-time cross country regional qualifier. In 2012, he qualified for the state cross country championships and was a member of the third-place Nike Cross Nationals South Regional team. Steel was a member of the Marcus record-setting sprint medley relay.
Benjamin Brokenshire, a Springtown High senior, was the 2013 top qualifier in the pole vaulter (15'6") out of his region, and placed second at the UIL Championships, matching his best. Brokenshire lettered in both wrestling and track and field.
Eddie Wilcox is a Pima Community College transfer. As a freshman in the 2013 indoor season, he was ranked as the schools top high jumper with a leap of 7'0.5".
The North Texas women's track and field team gains Chelsea Crayton, a hurdle specialist out of Hillgrove High School in Marrietta, Ga. In 2013, she qualified for the Georgia State 6A meet in the 300m hurdles and the 4x400m relay. Crayton was the regional champion in the 100m hurdles, and was the New Balance Outdoor Nationals bronze medalist.
Christina Moralez from Corpus Christi King High School will add to Mean Green women's distance program in 2014. Moralez had a personal-best three-mile run of 18:30.30 at the 2013 District 28-5A Meet, placing first.
Up next for the North Texas track and field team is the Iowa State Classic, Feb.14-15, in Ames, Iowa, and the Texas Tech Open on Feb. 14 in Lubbock, Texas.