North Texas Track Signs Four Runners to Program
Three Signees From Texas and One From Europe Will Benefit Track and Cross Country
DENTON—Four runners have signed National Letters of Intent for the North Texas Track and Field Progra m.
James Cole, a freshman sprinter from Mission, Texas, and Tiffany Tshilumba, a freshman from Pontpierre, Luxemborg, will add depth to the sprinting program.
“We wanted to get people that we thought could come in and make an immediate impact at the conference level and possibly be on the doorstep of the NCAA championship prelims,” said head track and field coach Carl Sheffield. “Both these sprinters have the ability to be finalist as freshmen in a very competitive sprint-laden conference.”
Future North Texas freshman Tiffany Tshilumba “was looking for a training group that could extend her abilities to possibly represent her country in 2016,” Sheffield said. “She will improve our team's short sprints immediately at the national level.” Tiffany is coming to North Texas from Sportlycee in Luxemborg.
Freshman James Cole from Mission, Texas will graduate from Sharyland High School this spring. “James can fill important roles on our relays, as well as becoming a standout sprinter immediately at the conference level,” said Sheffield.
Mean Green cross-country has signed two runners from Northwest High School. Baylee Nelson from Haslet, Texas and Cassidy Adams, from Fort Worth, Texas will contribute to the North Texas women’s cross-country team.
“I was impressed with the strength Cassidy showed this season continually making herself a top contender in each race,” said head cross-country coach Stefanie Slekis. “She will be able to immediately train with our Top 7 in cross country next year and hopefully be a part of a strong women’s team showing at the conference meet next year.”
Slekis says that Nelson will make a great impact on the cross-country team. “After a cross-country season where she improved by over a minute on some of the same courses she raced on last year, I know she will continue to improve and have an outstanding track season.”
“I try to keep a good balance between the number of mid-distance and distance athletes on the track team,” said Slekis. “We want to be able to be successful in cross-country, but also be able to contribute to the track conference score in every distance event from the 800m to the 10,000m.”
Nelson and Adams are two strong runners that will bring a lot of depth to the women’s cross-country and track teams, and hopefully help women’s cross-country win a conference championship.
Both coaches will keep recruiting until the next signing day In April.
“Our goal is to find student-athletes that want to be successful in the classroom, as well as on the track. James and Tiffany will both graduate at the top of their classes and be one of the best in the state of Texas and in Europe,” said Sheffield.
“I'm excited about our recruiting class this year. After signing two very large classes last year we knew we just needed a couple quality student athletes on both sides, and I know we are on the right track with Cassidy and Baylee,” said Slekis. “They are enthusiastic young women who embody all the core values of our team and I know they will have great success in our program.”