Women’s Cross Country & Track Programs Announce Highly-Touted Incoming Class
TOLEDO - University of Toledo Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Kevin Hadsell announced the incoming recruiting class for the fall of 2012 on Wednesday afternoon. Hadsell, who is entering his 15th year, views this year's class as the most talented he has ever signed at Toledo.
"I am really excited for the recruiting class to step foot on campus," Hadsell said. "We put in a tremendous amount of time this year recruiting to build upon what we already have in place. Our goal is to return to the NCAA Championships in cross country for an unprecedented third-straight time and shoot for a Top-12 finish. In addition, we want to challenge to win both the indoor and outdoor Mid-American Conference titles."
This year's class includes 18 student-athletes from five different states (Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, New York and Texas) and two other countries (Croatia and Spain). The class is comprised of several nationally ranked athletes, state champions, all-state selections and a Footlocker Final All-American.
Five signees come from the local area.
"There were seven local women that signed NCAA Division I Letters of Intent and five of those seven are coming to Toledo," Hadsell said. "This is an area rich in track and field talent and we are the No. 1 destination for these women."
This group of highly-touted newcomers also arrives in Toledo on the heels of the greatest year in program history. The Rockets are coming off their second-straight MAC Championship in cross country and MAC Runner-up finishes at both the indoor and the outdoor track and field championships.Women's cross country established itself as one of the greatest teams in league history with records for points at both the MAC Championships (32), NCAA Regionals (84) and for highest-ever finish at the NCAA Championships (21st).
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