April 18, 2008
Marquette University head cross country and assistant track and field coach Mike Nelson announced Tuesday the signing of six men and four women middle and long distance runners to National Letters of Intent.
"All of these student-athletes have the ability to make an immediate impact on our team as we continue to climb the ranks of the ultra-competitive BIG EAST Conference," said Nelson. "I am very excited to watch the development of these young student-athletes. Overall, it will be an exciting new era for Marquette University cross country and track and field."
On the women's side, Nelson and the Golden Eagles will add Kate Horan (St. Louis, Mo.), Courtney Kelly (North Bellmore, N.Y.), Bekki Misanin (Sterling, Va.), and Carly Windt (Greenfield, Wis.)
Marquette also adds men's runners Blake Johnson (Saline, Mich.), Patrick Keeley (St. Charles, Mo.), Jon Newman (Lisle, Ill.), Dominick Rosario (Richfield, Minn.), Bill Schlottke (Big Bend, Wis.) and Keith Schueller (Germantown, Wis.).
"Our distance squad is already rich with talent and these new recruits will add to the great tradition that is Marquette University cross country," added Nelson. "One of my goals in recruiting is to bring in student-athletes who can cover all the middle and long distances on the track, but also contribute on the cross country squad. There is no doubt these athletes will accomplish that goal as we are bringing in individuals who can compete in everything from the 400 [meters] through the 10,000."
Additional announcements will be made later regarding the remaining recruiting class for the Golden Eagles track and field squad led by Bert Rogers, who is currently in his first year as head coach.
2008-09 Marquette University Track & Field/Cross Country Recruiting Class
Coach's comments on Blake Johnson (Saline, Mich. / Saline High School)
Men's Middle- and Long-Distance Runners
"Blake is a highly touted distance runner from the Ann Arbor, Mich. area. He placed fourth in the Michigan State Cross Country Championships in the large school division. On the track, he will cover every event from the 1,500m to the 5,000m and be a strong relay member. Blake holds personal bests of 1:55 for 800m, 4:21 for 1,600m and 9:26 for 3,200m"
Coach's comments on Patrick Keeley (St. Charles, Mo. / Francis Howell High School)
"Patrick is another talented distance prospect out of the St. Louis Metro area. He placed 11th in the Missouri State Cross Country Championships in the large school division. His main priorities on the track will be the 3,000m, 5,000m and 10,000m. Patrick holds personal bests of 1:58 for 800m, 4:27 for 1600m, and 9:25 for 3200m."
Coach's comments on Jon Newman (Lisle, Ill. / Naperville North High School)
"Jon will cover all of the middle distance races for the Golden Eagles. He is also an accomplished cross country athlete placing 20th in the always competitive Illinois State High School Cross Country Championships in the large school division. He will race everything from 800m to 3,000m and he will also be used heavily on the middle distance relays. Jon holds personal bests of 1:57 for 800m, 4:21 for 1,600m and 9:40 for 3,200m."
Coach's comments on Dominick Rosario (Richfield, Minn. / Edina High School)
"Dominick will also cover all the middle distances and relays for us. His main events will be the 800m, 1,000m and 1,500m. He placed 20th at the Minnesota State Cross Country Championships in the large school division. Dominick holds personal bests of 52 for 400m, 1:58 for 800m and 4:28 for 1,600m."
Coach's comments on Billy Schlottke (Big Bend, Wis. / Mukwonago High School)
Billy has the broadest range of all the 2008 recruits. He could run a leg on our 4x400m relay; he could also run well at 5,000m. His main concentration will be on the middle distance races and relays. He also excelled in cross country placing 16th at the Wisconsin State Cross Country Championships in the large school division. Billy holds personal bests of 50 for 400m, 1:55 for 800m and 4:28 for 1,600m.
Keith Schueller (Germantown, Wis. / Germantown High School)
Keith is a local recruit and a very strong long distance runner. He will cover every event from the 3,000m to the 10,000m for the Golden Eagles. He placed 10th in the Wisconsin State Cross Country Championships in the large school division. Keith holds personal bests in the 1,600m of 4:30 and 9:40 for 3,200m.
Women's Middle- and Long-Distance Runners
Coach's comments on Kate Horan (St. Louis, Mo. / Cor Jesu Academy)
"Kate is a strong runner who is not afraid of tackling the longer distances. She will cover everything from the 3,000m steeplechase to the 10,000m. She placed ninth in the Missouri State Cross Country Championships in the large school division. Kate holds personal bests of 7:49 for 2,000m steeplechase and 11:25 for 3,200m."
Coach's comments on Courtney Kelly (North Bellmore, N.Y. / Mepham High School)
"Courtney will make an immediate impact for MU in her specialty event: the 3,000m steeplechase. In the summer of 2007, she qualified for the prestigious Nike Outdoor National Meet in the steeplechase, finishing 11th. She also had a successful cross country season placing 28th at the New York State Federation Cross Country Championships. All classes are combined at the NY Federation meets. Courtney holds personal bests of 7:08 for 2,000m steeplechase and 10:16 for 3,000m."
Coach's comments on Bekki Misanin (Sterling, Va. / Dominion High School)
"Bekki is another talented long distance runner who is not afraid of the longer races. Her main focus will be on the 3000m - 10,000m. She placed 14th at the Virginia State Cross-Country Championships in the AA division. Bekki holds personal bests of 11:22 for 3200m and 19:05 for 5000m."
Coach's comments on Carly Windt (Greenfield, Wis. / Whitnall High School)
"Carly is another local recruit who can help show the others what it's like to be a distance runner in Wisconsin. Carly will concentrate on the 1,500m to the 5,000m for the Golden Eagles. She suffered an ankle injury in the weeks leading up the Wisconsin State Cross Country Championships. Carly holds personal bests of 5:16 for 1,600m and 11:28 for 3,200m."