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Head Coach Alan Connie Announces 2010-11 Recruiting Class

Women's cross country and track and field head coach Alan Connie has announced his 2010 signing class.

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Aug. 13, 2010

CONWAY, S.C.- Women's cross country and track and field head coach Alan Connie has announced his 2010 signing class. The incoming freshmen class will be composed of 10 standout athletes from six states. The class includes two former South Carolina state champions, seven all state performers, and a 2009/10 New Balance High School National Championship participant.

In addition to the freshmen, Connie will also be welcoming graduate student Jamie Brusa from the University of Illinois. Brusa, who has completed her undergraduate degree at Illinois, will have one year of eligibility. Transferring to Coastal Carolina from South Carolina State to start her sophomore year is Erica Peake, who scored points in seven events for the Bulldogs in the MEAC Outdoor Championship meet.

The women's cross country team will kick the season off on Friday, September 3 as they make the quick trip to Columbia, S.C. to compete in the Gamecock Open.

2010-11 Freshmen Class:

Ashley Davis
Spartanburg, S.C.
Dorman HS

High School:
South Carolina State Class AAAA State Champion-100 meter hurdles and 4 x 100 meter relay

Leah Presnar
Erie, Pa.
McDowell HS

High School:
All-State in Long Jump - 2008, 2009, 2010
Participated in New Balance High School National Championship in Long Jump- 2009, 2010

Shannon Johnson
Timmonsville, S.C.
Timmonsville HS

High School:
Four time S.C. State Class A State Champion in the 100 meters- 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010

Gabrielle Lee
Rock Hill, S.C.
Rock Hill HS

High School:
All-State performer in 100 meters, 200 meters and as member of 400 meter relay team

Keegan Woodson
Spartanburg, S.C.
Spartanburg HS

High School:
All-State performer in Long Jump and Triple Jump

Seanna Kautz
Crooks, S.D.
Roosevelt HS

High School:
All-State Cross Country- 2007, 2008, 2009
All-State Track and Field- 1600 meters, 3200 meters 2008, 2009, 2010

Stephanie Taylor
Middletown, Del.
Middletown HS

High School:
All State Cross Country- 2008, 2009
All Region Track and and Field- 2008,2009, 2010

Emily Marchini
Massapequa, N.Y.
Massapequa HS

High School:
Sectional Champion-Nassau Country- 1500 and 3,000 meters
9th at New York State Indoor Track and Field Championships- 3,000 meters
24th at New York State Cross country championship

Hillary Lee
Edgewater, Md.
South River HS

High School:
All-State- Cross Country- 2008, All-District- Cross Country 2009
All-District-Track and Field, 1600 and 3,200 meters 2008,2009,2010

Shelby Nicosia
Aiken, S.C.
South Aiken HS

High School:
All State-Cross Country- 2008,2009
All State-Track and Field- 1600 and 3200 meters- 2009, 2010

2010-11 Transfer Student-Athletes:

Jamie Brusa
Graduate Student
Arlington Heights, Ill.
University of Illinois
Buffalo Grove HS

At Illinois:
Member of University of Illinois Cross Country Team that finished 12th at the 2009 NCAA Division 1 National Championships. Was the number five runner for Illinois at the NCAA Pre-National Meet and at the NCAA Midwest Regional Championship. Multi Time Academic All-Big Ten. Graduated in May, 2010. Is Attending Graduate School at CCU in Marine and Wetland Studies.

Erica Peake
Sophomore
Spartanburg, S.C.
South Carolina State University
Spartanburg HS

At South Carolina State:
Scored points for S.C. State in seven events at the 2010 MEAC Outdoor Championships- long jump, triple jump, 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters and as a member of the 400 meter relay team and the 1600 meter relay team

High School:
2009 S.C. State Class AAAA State Champion- 100 meters and long jump