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Cross Country and Track Inks Seven and a Transfer
Written by Jordie Lindley    Thursday, 22 March 2012 17:18   

CORVALLIS, Ore. –The Oregon State cross country and track programs have signed seven newcomers and a transfer from Clackamas Community College to the 2012-2013 Beaver cross country and track and field rosters.

Making up the 2012-2013 recruiting class is Morgan Anderson, Kelly Audiss, Kristin Coffman, Sara Fristoe, Kira Kelly, Samantha Lewis, Emily Weber and Teresa Lawson. Six of the seven freshmen are from the state of Oregon while Lewis hails from Boulder, Colo.

“We are really excited about this class,” head coach Kelly Sullivan said. “We went into the year looking at maybe getting around four or five girls, but we got a ton of interest from a lot of young ladies. So for us to end up with seven incoming freshman and a transfer coming this spring is really exciting.”

Fristoe and Kelly both attend Summit High School and are members of the four-time state cross country championship team and the three-time track and field state championship team. Kelly and Fristoe are both four-time cross country All-State finishers and helped lead their team to a 15th place finish in the nation at the Nike Cross High School Championships. 

Anderson who attends Silverton High School is a two-time Oregon state runner-up in the 3,000 meter run and is a four-time Mid-Willamette District Champion. Lewis is a two-time top-10 finisher at the Colorado state cross country meet and a five-time all-state finisher in track.

The Beavers have also recruited a middle distance runner and another high jumper for the 2012-2013 season. Audiss was the anchor leg in the 4X400 meter relay team that won the state championship and holds the school record in the 400 meter dash at Roseburg High school. Coffman is a multi-time state placer in the 800 meter run, 1,500 meter run and the high jump at Tualatin High School.

Weber, who attends South Salem High School, is a three-time state placer at the state track and field meet and is a two-time all-state runner. She is a six-time district champion in cross country and track and field. Teresa Lawson will be transferring from Clackamas Community College for the spring term at Oregon State. After not even running in high school, Lawson finished in third at the NWAACC in her first collegiate running season.

“All these young ladies come from strong programs and have been extremely successful at the state level,” Sullivan said. “They are all great students as well, so we are just really pleased with who they are and what high school programs they are coming from. They all have a lot of talent and are really excited about coming here.”

 

Oregon State Signees

Morgan Anderson, Silverton, Ore.

Silverton HS

 

Anderson is a two-time Oregon 5A State Runner-up at the 3,000 meter run. She finished fourth at state in the 1,500 meters as a junior and finished sixth at state in cross country as a senior. She is a four-time Mid-Willamette District Champion.

 

Personal Bests

1,500 Meters: 4:43

3,000 Meters: 10:28

5,000 Meters (XC): 18:29

 

Why Morgan Chose OSU:“I chose to attend Oregon State because it’s where I feel I am supposed to be. I can’t explain it, it’s just that gut feeling that I know is right. I already love my future coaches and I know that I will succeed there.”

 

Coach Sullivan on Morgan:“Morgan has been in a really good program and has done a great job there. She has kind of had to train a lot on her own and she has raced all of the top kids in the state and it will be really exciting to see what she can do having regular training partners. She has a phenomenal stride. She has one of the prettiest running forms and she is really passionate about running and wants to be really good. We think her upside is that her best running is definitely ahead of her.”

 

Kelly Audiss, Roseburg, Ore.

Roseburg HS

 

Audiss was second in the 400 meter dash at the Oregon 6A state meet and ran the anchor leg of the state championship 4X400 meter relay team. She holds the 400 meter dash school record. She was a two-time District Champion in the 400 meters and was named the District Track Athlete of the Year as a junior. She was first-team All-District in state playoff soccer.

 

Personal Bests

200 Meters: 25.6

400 Meters: 57.0

 

Why Kelly chose OSU:“I made the choice to attend OSU because of the great coaching staff, team members and the opportunity to be a part of the growing track program.”

 

Coach Sullivan on Kelly:“Last year Travis and I were at the state track meet and watching and looking at all of the event areas. We watched her run the 400 meter open and we both looked at each other and looked in the program and found her race number. By her stride and her athleticism and how pretty of a runner she was and how competitive of a runner she was we were both like ‘who is that girl from Roseburg?’ So immediately right after that meet we circled her name and started recruiting her as a potential half-miler. We also found out that she was a talented soccer player and never even ran cross country in high school, but we looked back at some cross country results from her junior high years where she beat a lot of really good kids. She has great speed and is kind of like Chloe Steinbeck that is here. She falls into the same category that she was a sprinter but can really run cross country too. Travis recruited her specifically and we see her as a diamond in the rough coming in here and we see her adding to that 400 and half-mile group we are hoping to build.”

 

Kristin Coffman, Tualatin, Ore.

Tualatin HS

 

Coffman is a multi-time Oregon 6A state placer in the 800 meters, 1,500 meters, the high jump and in cross country. She finished in second place in the high jump as a junior and third place as a sophomore. She finished in fifth place in the 800 meters as a sophomore and had an impressive showing at the state cross country meet as a sophomore and junior.

 

Personal Bests

800 Meters: 2:12

1,500 Meters: 4:41

5,000 Meters (XC): 18:12

High Jump: 5-07.00

 

Why Kristin chose OSU:“Why wouldn’t I attend OSU? The team dynamic is amazing, the coaching staff is incredible, the business program is excellent and the campus is beautiful. Oregon State is the place I know I can accomplish any goal I set for myself and I will have every person here supporting me. I felt right at home and felt so taken care of. I felt valued as a person, not just as an athlete and that is the best feeling in the world.”

 

Coach Sullivan on Kristin: “Kristin has incredible range. We could recruit her as a high jumper; she is a great half-miler and a tremendous 1,500 meter runner. We love finding kids like that because she is extremely athletic. She is thoroughly enthused about coming here and she is coming from a very strong program in high school. We feel really fortunate that she decided to attend OSU. Her entire high school career she hasn’t focused on one event, and we really like that. Once she gets into college and can focus on just one thing, I think the sky is the limit.”

 

Sara Fristoe, Bend, Ore.

Summit HS

 

Fristoe is a four-time all-state cross country finisher, including a fourth place finish as a senior. She a leader and member of the four-time Oregon High School State Championship cross country teams and three-time state championship track and field team. Her cross country team qualified for the Nike Cross National High School Championships, finishing in 15th in the nation.

 

Personal Bests

5,000 Meters (XC): 18:42

3,000 Meters: 10:38

 

Why Sara chose OSU:“I chose to run at OSU because I loved the school, campus, team, coaches, town and everything about it. It seems like the perfect fit for me.”

 

Coach Sullivan on Fristoe:“We were lucky to get two young ladies from Summit High School this year, which is one of the two best programs in the state. The coach there runs a crazy great program at Summit and they have just dominated the last four or five years. Sara has been a part of just a phenomenal team. We really wanted to get at least one or two of the Summit girls. We are really excited about getting Sara. She has had to run in the shadows of some of their top girls, but she will get to come here and kind of make a start of her own and make her own path. We are really excited because they know how to win at Summit.”

 

Kira Kelly, Bend, Ore.

Summit HS

 

Kelly is another stand-out athlete from the Summit Storm and was also a member and leader on the four-time Oregon High School State Championship cross country team and the three-time state championship track and field team. She also helped lead the cross country team to a 15th place finish at the Nike Cross National High School Championships. She was a three-time all-state cross country finisher. She finished in third place in the Oregon 5A track and field meet as a junior in the 1500.

 

Personal Bests

1,500 Meters: 4:43

3,000 Meters: 10:35

5,000 Meters (XC): 18:32

 

Why Kira chose OSU:“The OSU cross country team felt like a family to me, just like in high school, with everyone supporting each other and loving one another. I wanted to prove that two ducks, my parents, can raise a Beaver. It was destiny.”

 

Coach Sullivan on Kelly:“Kira has been a part of that great program and is a great little miler and we love when we find milers that can run cross country. She is a great kid and wanted to be here. You could tell even in the very beginning of the recruiting process that she really wanted to be at Oregon State. When you find someone like that you just kind of really focus in on them. She is fun to watch race because she is a really competitive kid. It is going to be exciting to see how she races this spring in high school because I think she is on the verge of some really good things. She will be a great addition.”

 

Samantha Lewis, Boulder, Colo.

Boulder HS

 

Lewis was a two-time top-10 finisher in Colorado 5A state cross country championships, placing fourth as a sophomore and sixth as a senior. She is a five-time all-state finisher in state track and field championships, including third place finish in the 3,200 meters as a junior. She placed as high as 20th at the Footlocker Midwest Regional meet in cross country. She also was a three-time National Junior Champion snowshoer.

 

Personal Bests

3,200 Meters: 11:03

5,000 Meters (XC): 18:15

(Both at altitude)

 

Why Samantha chose OSU:“I decided to run at Oregon State because I think the coaching staff there is awesome. Kelly Sullivan and Travis Floeck have so much experience and passion for the sport and I believe they can help me become the best runner that I can be. I was just so inspired listening to them talk about the future of Oregon State, about how this program can become one of the top teams in the nation and that is something that I really want to be a part of. On my official visit, the girls on the team were great, they were so much fun to be around and you could tell that they are excited to be a part of a program that is up and coming. As soon as I committed to Oregon State, all the girls made me feel so welcomed and it just gave me goose bumps, because I have never really experienced the close team aspect while in high school and I can’t wait to be a part of it at Oregon State.”

 

Coach Sullivan on Lewis:“Samantha and her mom came by the office on an unofficial visit one summer when she was headed to a running camp in eastern Oregon and I got to meet her for the first time. I had her fill out a questionnaire and at the very top portion I wrote top-priority. I was just impressed with her as a person and her passion. She has been on our list for a couple of years. A close friend of mine, Melody Fairchild, has been a part-time coach of hers over the years in Boulder. I know that she has been getting good advice and instruction. We feel very fortunate to get her because she is a rare athlete. She is a three-time national title winner in snowshoeing, where she has absolutely dominated. Our big thing with her is that she hasn’t really just focused in on her running because she has been running trail runs and snowshoeing. I think once we get her to be just a cross country runner, her upside is tremendous because she is passionate about running. She wants to be really, really good.”

 

Emily Weber, Salem, Ore.

South Salem HS

 

Weber was a three-time state placer in Oregon 6A track and field championships, including a sixth place finish in the 3,000 meters as a junior. She was a two-time all-state runner at the 6A state cross country meet, finishing in 15th place as a senior. She was a six-time District Champion in cross country and track and field for the Saxons.

 

Personal Bests

3,000 Meters: 10:23

5,000 Meters (XC): 18:25

 

Why Emily chose OSU: “I chose OSU because of the coaching staff really cares about the athletes as individuals and everyone on the team is really positive. I feel that the team atmosphere will allow me to be a successful athlete as well as a successful student.” 

 

Coach Sullivan on Weber:“I have watched Emily the last couple of years because she is close in Salem. I know her high school coaches and they really wanted her to come here. They felt like it was a really good place for her to come as a person academically. When she came and visited she really wants to be in a program where she will have an individualized plan, and she will have people there to give her advice and help her. The thing I have noticed with her is she is a fierce competitor. When that gun goes off she is not afraid to compete and get her nose in there. We are really excited about her joining the team and being a part of this program. She will have a lot of teammates to train with, which she hasn’t always had. She is just another great personality and she is diligent about what she does.”

 

Teresa Lawon, Portland, Ore.

Clackamas CC

 

Teresa Lawson is fairly new to the sports of cross country and track, after not running either in high school. She was a soccer player at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland. She has been running less than a year of cross country and track after being recruited to run at Clackamas Community College, being discovered at a local road race in August 2011. She finished in third place at the NWAACC Cross Country Championship meet last fall. She has only run one track race in her life.

 

Personal Bests

3,000 Meters: 10:18

5,000 Meters (XC): 18:28

 

Why Teresa chose OSU:“When you choose a school, you’re not only choosing a school, but also choosing a team. The girls on the team made me feel welcomed and wanted and I could tell the coaching staff had my best interest at heart and would be more than capable of helping me reach my goals. In addition, OSU is a very good school for sciences and I knew it would provide me with a strong education.”

 

Coach Sullivan on Lawson:“Teresa never ran in high school and played soccer for a few years. We love a great story, just like Laura Carlyle’s story. You never think you are going to find another one like that, but there is a really good chance that we just found another. Her junior college coaches are really good friends of both Travis and I’s and one of them called us and said he was at a road race this summer and saw Teresa run and found out it was the first road race she had ever run in and she ended up almost winning and finished second behind a guy. So after the race was over the junior college coach went over and found out that she had eligibility left at the junior college level and convinces her to transfer to Clackamas. Within a week she was running college cross country. The NWAACC, which Laura won, Teresa got third in a really competitive field. We had a meet at Clackamas and raced against some of our girls and ran really well. It is kind of like déjà vu in a way because we recruited Laura without a lot of proven times, but it ended up to be a great story. So we had Teresa come and look and we all agreed that the sky is the limit with her.”

 

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