Head Coach Alan Connie Announces 2011-12 Recruiting Class

Head coach Alan Connie

Head coach Alan Connie

Aug. 17, 2011

CONWAY - Coastal Carolina women's cross country/track and field head coach Alan Connie has announced his 2011-12 signing class.

The class includes ten student-athletes that have excelled throughout their high school careers. The recruiting class brings in great experience and expectations as each has performed on their respective state's regional and state championship stage.

"This is a strong class that continues our tradition of bringing in student-athletes who have demonstrated academic as well as athletic excellence," said Connie. "With 12 seniors graduated from 2011 we have brought in a class that should fill important positions in both track and field and cross country as we look to continue our Championship Tradition."

Sharmaine Barnes (Rock Hill, S.C./Northwestern HS)
Event: Sprints | Personal Best - 400m: 57.78
At Northwestern HS: South Carolina AAAA State Champion in the 400-meters as a senior... South Carolina Region 3-AAAA champion in the 400-meters as both a junior and senior... Finished third in the 400-meters as a junior at the 2010 SCHSL AAAA State Championships.

Christina Davis (Dorman, S.C./Dorman HS)
Events: Hurdles/Sprints | Personal Bests - 100m hurdles: 14.28, 400m hurdles: 1:01.68
At Dorman HS: Three-time South Carolina AAAA state champion... 2011 South Carolina High School League AAAA champion in both the 100-meter and 400-meter hurdles... Qualified for the 2011 USATF National in Wichita, Kan. in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles... Member of Dorman's 2010 state champion 4x100m relay team.

Symphony Thompson (Greenville, S.C./JL Mann HS)
Events: Sprints/Relays | Personal Bests - 100m: 12.52, 200m: 25.70
At JL Mann HS: Competed under the tutelage of legendary JL Mann head coach Rhett George Moss... Won the 100-meters at the Region 2-AAAA SCHSL Championships in 2011... Helped both the 4x100m relay and 4x400m relay teams to a third place finish at the 2011 SCHSL AAAA State Championships.

Camille Hurley (Lake Mary. Fla./Lake Mary HS)
Events: Hurdles/Relays | Personal Bests - 100m hurdles: 14.48
At Lake Mary HS: 100-meter hurdle champion of the 2011 Florida High School Athletic Association District 2-4A Championships... Placed third at the FHSAA State Championship in the 100-meter hurdles as a senior and seventh as a junior.

Qwontajah Thompson (Myrtle Beach, S.C./Myrtle Beach HS)
Event: Sprints | Personal Bests - 100m: 12.25, 200m: 24.72, 800m: 2:19.62
At Myrtle Beach HS: Runner-up in the 100m at the 2011 SCHSL AAA State Championships... Placed second in the 400m at the SCHSL Region 8-AAA Championship as a senior... Crossed the finish line third in the 800m at the SCHSL State Championships as a junior.

Samantha McElroy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty HS)
Events: Cross Country/Mid-distance | Personal Best - 800m: 2:18.51
At Liberty HS: Set a new course record at Brunswick Invitational for the 5,000 meters with a time of 19:24 as a senior... County, regional and two-time state champion in the 800 meters... Maryland state champion as a senior in the 4x800m relay... As a junior, finished third at the cross country state championship meet... Ran a personal-best time of 2:18.51 in the 800m as a junior.

Danielle England (South Orange, N.J./Columbia HS)
Event: Javelin | Personal Best - 40.09m (131-6)
At Columbia HS: First place finisher at the 2011 NJSIAA Sectional Championships... Placed eighth in the NJSIAA Group Championships and 12th at the New Jersey Meet of Champions... Competed at the prestigious New Balance Outdoor National High School Championships.

Tiffani Kuhn (Gettysburg, Pa./Gettysburg Area HS)
Event: Javelin | Personal Best: 38.01m (124-8)
At Gettysburg Area HS: Placed seventh in the javelin at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association 3 AAA championship meet... Finished with a third place throw at the 6th annual Puma/Henderson Track & Field Invitational.

Otessa Velasquez (Griswold, Conn./Grisswold HS)
Event: Javelin | Personal Best: 38.52m (126-4)
At Grisswold HS: Competed at the prestigious New Balance Outdoor National High School Championships... Runner-up in the javelin at the Connecticut State Championships - Class M Meet.

Naomi Atkins (Greenville, S.C./JL Mann HS/Greenville Tech)
Event: Throws | Personal Bests - Shot put: 12.47m (41-11), Discus: 37.86m (124-2), Javelin: 36.33m (119-2)
At JL Mann HS: Earned all-state honors in both the shot put and discus as a senior.



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