Ahmed Ali
Sprints
Houston, Texas (Alief Hastings/South Plains)
Ahmed Ali

Personal Bests

  • 55 Meters – 6.29
  • 60 Meters – 6.66
  • 100 Meters – 10.23 (10.12 wind-aided)
  • 200 Meters (outdoors) – 20.90 (20.59 wind-aided)
  • 200 Meters (indoors) – 21.33

One of the top sprinters in the junior college ranks...coached by Chris Beene at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas ... currently a sophomore at South Plains College, he is a 2012 graduate of Alief Hastings High School near Houston, Texas, who originally signed with the University of Houston ... was fourth in the 100-meter dash (10.12) at the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Outdoor Championships in a wind-aided race that featured four sprinters running sub-10.20, including two at 9.96 and 9.98 ... ran on South Plains’ winning 4x100-meter relay (39.62) at the 2013 NJCAA Outdoor Championships ... placed fifth (20.90) in the 200 at the 2012 Texas Class 5A Outdoor Championships ... was the 2012 Class 5A Region 3 200-meter champion (20.79w) ... posted an indoor best of 21.33 in the 200 while winning at the 2012 New Balance Indoor Nationals ... clocked a 6.42 in the indoor 60-meter dash at the 2012 New Balance Indoor Nationals ... showed his potential as a high school sophomore in 2010 by running the outdoor 200 in 21.74 at the Rice University Victor Lopez Classic ... was voted Most Valuable Performer on the Alief Hastings track team all four years of his high school career ... was a five-time prep all-America honoree ... set school records in the 100 and 200 and ran on record-setting 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay foursomes ... son of Adam Ali and Amna Korashy ... born Nov. 15, 1993.

"Ahmed is a great talent who we believe is going to step right into the SEC and be competitive. He had a great high school career in Texas, and has continued to make great improvement at the junior college level." – Matt Kane, Alabama assistant coach (sprints/hurdles)

Caroline Barlow
Distance
Naples, Fla. (Gulf Coast)
Caroline Barlow

Personal Bests

  • 1,600 Meters – 4:58.91
  • 3,200 Meters – 10:51.22
  • 5k (Cross Country) – 17:53.99

One of Florida's top prep distance and cross country runners ... coached by Paul Barlow at Gulf Coast High School in Naples, Fla. ... finished among the top 10 at the Florida Class 3A Cross Country Championships all four years of her prep career, earning all-state honors each time ... set school and conference records in the 1,600 meters, 3,200 meters and 5k ... the 2013 Runner of the Year by the Naples Daily News ... runner-up at the 2013 Florida Class 3A Cross Country Championships (5k – 18:15.19) ... the 2013 Class 3A District 12 cross country champion (5k – 18:22.58) ... placed third at the 2013 Class 3A Region 3 cross country championships (5k – 19:18.60) ... was third in the 3,200 meters (11:17.15) at the 2013 Class 3A Outdoor Championships ... finished second (11:14.33) in the 3,200 at the 2013 Class 3A Region 3 Outdoor Championships ... won the Elite Division race at the 2013 Florida State Cross Country Invitational (5k – 17:53.99) ... as a junior, placed fourth at the 2012 Class 3A Cross Country Championships (5k – 18:12.91) ... won the 1,600 at the 2012 Florida Relays (5:03.79) ... placed second in the 1,600 (4:58.91) and second in the 3,200 (10:55.82) at the 2012 Class 3A Region 3 meet ... was fifth in the 1,600 (5:00.36) and fourth in the 3,200 (10:51.22) at the 2012 Class 3A Outdoor Championships ... as a sophomore, finished 16th (5k – 19:04.96) at the 2011 Class 3A Cross Country Championships ... ran a 2011 seasonal best of 18:46.99 for 5k at the Little Everglades Ranch Pre-State cross country meet ... daughter of Paul and Julie Barlow ... born Nov. 6, 1995 in Littleton, Colo.

"Caroline made huge strides this fall and really took her cross country season to a whole different level, and I feel once she is able to train with the team here on a daily basis she will make even more progress. She's on track to have a real breakout season later this spring, and Caroline and Emily (Edwards) both should really dominate the Florida track scene this spring as they were the top two girls in the state this fall which should only continue moving to the track." – Adam Tribble, Alabama assistant coach (cross country/distance)

Tony Brown II
Sprints/Hurdles
Beaumont, Texas (Ozen)
Tony Brown II

Personal Bests

  • 100 Meters – 10.53 (10.37 wind-aided)
  • 110-Meter Hurdles – 13.38

A Crimson Tide football signee that is already competing in track at Alabama ... graduated from Ozen High School in Beaumont, Texas, in December ... the 2013 Texas Class 4A state champion in the 110-meter hurdles (13.40) ... has run a wind-aided personal best of 10.37 at 100 meters and has been clocked at 10.53 wind-legal in the 100 ... placed second in the 100 (10.53) at the 2013 Texas Class 4A state meet ... has a personal best of 7.76 in the indoor 60-meter hurdles, the fastest time in the nation in 2013 ... ran a PR of 13.38 in the 110 hurdles at the 2013 Texas Relays, the top time in the US last year ... won the 110 hurdles at the 2013 USATF National Junior Olympics (13.88) and the USATF Junior Nationals (13.69) ... represented the United States as a member of the 2013 US team at the Pan-American Junior Championships where he finished second in the 110-meter high hurdles (13.47) ... a highly-recruited football player as a defensive back ... was considered one of the top overall football prospects in the state of Texas for the 2014 recruiting class and was generally rated among the top 100 prospects nationally ... his sister, Bealoved, will compete in track at LSU ... another sister, Sojourner, is a track student-athlete at Rice University ... son of Tony Brown and Tammy Walker-Brown ... both of his parents were student-athletes at Texas Tech ... born July 13, 1995.

"Tony is already making an impact on our team as an early enrollee. He's a tremendous talent and comes from a great track background in Texas. He's been competing against top talent for years now and he's used to performing on the big stage. He brings great talent, but also a tremendous work ethic to our team and will help us in the relays as well." – Dan Waters, Alabama head coach

Emily Edwards
Middle Distance
Fort Myers, Fla. (Fort Myers)
Emily Edwards

Personal Bests

  • 800 Meters – 2:12.68
  • 1,600 Meters – 4:53.91

Widely regarded as the top middle distance and cross country in the state of Florida ... coached by Kelly Britton at Fort Myers High School in Fort Myers, Fla. ... the 2013 Florida Class 3A cross country champion (5k – 18:09.24) ... won the 2013 Class 3A Region 3 cross country title (5k – 18:57.50) and the District 11 title (5k – 19:06.20) ... the 2013 Florida Class 3A 1,600-meter state champion (5:00.60) ... the 2013 Florida Class 3A Region 3 1,600 champion (5:05.57) ... as a junior, placed fifth at the 2012 Florida Class 3A cross country championships (5k – 18:30.30) ... won the 2012 Florida Class 3A Region 3 cross country title (5k – 18:37.30) ... as a freshman in 2011, she finished second in the 800 meters (2:18.43)at the Florida Class 1A State Outdoor Championships.

"Emily has shown great range. She has a great innate ability to find the finish line and really close at the end of races. I expect her to make an impact in cross country and on the track very quickly." – Adam Tribble, Alabama assistant coach (cross country/distance)

Will Edwards
Javelin
Birmingham, Ala. (Briarwood Christian School)
Will Edwards

Personal Bests

  • Javelin – 175-6 (53.49m)

The two-time AHSAA Class 5A state champion in the javelin (2012 and 2013) ... coached by Glenn McWaters at Briarwood Christian School in Birmingham, Ala. .... won the 2013 AHSAA Class 5A javelin title with a throw of 171-4 (52.22 meters) ... won the 2012 AHSAA Class 5A javelin title as a sophomore with a throw of 172-2 (52.47m) ... also played quarterback on the football team ... began competing in track in the eighth grade ... in his first javelin competition as an eighth grader, he won the event at a meet that included high school athletes ... son of Mark and Julie Edwards ... born Sept. 17, 1995 in Birmingham, Ala.

"Will is a tremendous physical talent. He is an athlete who we identified as having all of the physical attributes that we look for to develop at this level. Until recently, Will's focus has been geared toward football, so his talent has been virtually untapped in track and field. We are excited about his decision to turn his focus toward the javelin, and I expect him to be a strong contributor to our team in the years to come." – Doug Reynolds, Alabama assistant coach (throws)

Connor Ferrentino
Distance
Orlando, Fla. (Freedom HS)
Connor Ferrentino

Personal Bests

  • 1,500 Meters – 4:08.69
  • 1,600 Meters – 4:21.64
  • 5k (Cross Country) – 15:30.52

Coached by Leonard Malach at Freedom High School in Orlando, Fla. ... one of the top cross country runners in the Florida prep ranks ... earned first-team all-State honors in track and cross country in 2012 and 2013 ... won the 2013 Metro East Cross Country Championships (5k – 16:05.36) and the 2013 Astronaut Cross Country Invitational (5k – 16:18.60) ... was second at the 2013 Florida Class 4A Region 1 Cross Country Championships (5k – 16:04.00) ... was runner-up at the 2013 Florida Class 4A District 4 Cross Country Championships (5k – 16:01.20) ... placed eighth (5k – 15:54.21) at the 2013 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Cross Country Championships ... competed at the 2013 Foot Locker South Regional Cross Country Championships (5k – 15:45.00) ... was third at the Mountain Dew Cross Country Invitational (5k – 15:46.57) ... as a sophomore in 2012, placed sixth at the Florida Class 4A Cross Country Championships (5k – 15:52.00) and was fourth at the Class 4A Region 1 Championships (5k – 15:50.55) ... won two cross country races in 2012, the Gibson Summertime Run (5k – 16:24.90) and the Edgewater Invitational (5k – 16:29.00) ... on the track, he placed 11th in the 1,500 at the 2012 AAU National Junior Olympics (4:08.69) ... placed third in the 1,600 (4:21.64) at the 2012 Florida Class 4A Outdoor State Finals ... holds Freedom High School records in six events (1,500; 1,600; 3,200; 2-mile; 5,000; 4x800-meter relay) ... named the team's MVP in 2012 and 2013 ... the 2013 Metro Conference cross country champion ... also played soccer in high school, earning team offensive MVP honors as a sophomore when he scored 17 goals for the season ... son of Robert and Erin Ferrentino ... born Dec. 31, 1995 in Buffalo, N.Y.

"After battling injuries the past couple of years, Connor finally has had a consistent amount of time healthy and training well. I look for Connor to smash his track PRs this spring and bring needed depth, initially to the cross country team, and be a long-term contributor in the distances on the track." – Adam Tribble, Alabama assistant coach (cross country/distance)

Steven Gayle
400/800
The Bronx, N.Y. (Mount Vernon/South Plains)
Steven Gayle

Personal Bests

  • 200 Meters – 21.16
  • 400 Meters – 46.01
  • 600 Yards (indoors) – 1:10.02

One of the top 400/800 sprinters in the junior college ranks ... coached by Chris Beene at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas ... currently a sophomore at South Plains College, he is a 2012 graduate of Mount Vernon High School in New York ... his career best in the 400 (46.01) set in 2012 ranks No. 10 on the South Plains College All-Time Bests list ... ran a personal best of 1:10.02 in the 600-yard dash on Jan. 31, 2014 ... an experience 4x400-meter relay competitor ... placed third in the 400 (46.01) at the 2013 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Outdoor Championships ... ran on South Plains’ winning 4x400-meter relay (3:05.93) at the 2013 NJCAA Outdoor Championships ... won the 400 at the 2012 New Balance Nationals (47.35) ... the 2012 New York State Meet 400-meter champion (47.76), as well as the 2012 District 1 champion (47.57) ... ran a season-best 200 meters (21.65) at the Loucks Games ... won the Knight Time Invitational 200 meters in 21.70 ... was the 2012 Section 1 Class A Indoor champion in the 300 meters (34.12) and the 600 (1:21.60).

"Steven is an incredible talent. He will solidify what we do at the NCAA level on the 4x400 and should be immediately competitive in the 400 at the SEC and NCAA levels.” – Matt Kane, Alabama assistant coach (sprints/hurdles)

Daniel Haugh
Throws
Marietta, Ga. (St. Pius X Catholic)
Daniel Haugh

Personal Bests

  • Hammer Throw – 235-11/71.90m (12 lb.), 218-3/66.52m (6 kg.)
  • Weight Throw – 82-8 1/4 /25.20m (25 lb.), 63-5/19.32m (35 lb.)
  • Discus – 186-2/56.74m (1.6 kg)
  • Shot Put – 58-5/17.80m (12 lb.)

One of the nation's top prep throwers ... coached by Mike Judge of the Throw 1 Deep Track Club ... as a junior in 2013, earned Prep all-America honors in the hammer, discus and weight throw ... the 2013 Georgia state champion in the hammer, discus and weight throw ... broke the national junior outdoor record in the 25 lb. weight throw with a toss of 82-8 Ό (25.20 meters) ... set a Georgia state record in the hammer with a throw of 235-11 (71.91 meters) ... helped lead St. Pius X to the 2013 team title at the Georgia Class 3A Outdoor Championships ... earned a spot on the 2013 USA Track & Field Junior National Team ... son of Jordan and Yvonne Haugh ... born May 3, 1995 in Marietta, Ga.

"Daniel is one of the headliners in this signing class. He is a guy who any coach would recruit for any one of his marks, but the combination of those marks and his rapid progression to that level are what make him incredible. He has the attitude we want here at Alabama, and I believe he will be a competitor in the SEC and NCAA." – Doug Reynolds, Alabama assistant coach (throws)

Marlon Humphrey
Sprints/Hurdles
Hoover, Ala. (Hoover)
Marlon Humphrey

Personal Bests

  • 60 Meters – 6.89
  • 60-Meter Hurdles – 7.76
  • 100 Meters – 10.63
  • 110-Meter High Hurdles – 13.24
  • 200 Meters – 21.60
  • 300-Meter Hurdles – 35.60
  • 400 Meters – 47.28
  • 400-Meter Hurdles – 50.25

A Crimson Tide football signee that will also run track at Alabama ... one of the top track athletes in the nation and the 2013 Birmingham News Metro Boys Track Athlete of the Year ... won the 110 meter hurdles (13.67) and the 400 meter hurdles (50.75) at the 2013 World Youth Track & Field Championships ... won seven Alabama State Championships across the indoor and outdoor track seasons in 2013 ... won 22 of the 27 races he competed in overall involving six events (100, 200, 400, 110HH, 300H, 400H) during the 2013 outdoor season ... posted the top 300-meter hurdles mark (35.60) among prep hurdles in the US in 2013 at the Mobile Challenge of Champions in April (35.60) ... posted the top 110-meter hurdles mark (13.38) among prep hurdlers in the USA in 2013 at the Mountain Brook Invitational in April ... posted the top 400-meter hurdles mark (50.25) among prep hurdlers in the USA in 2013 at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in June ... won three events at the 2013 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Outdoor Championships - the 400 (47.91), the 110 hurdles (13.86w) and the 300-meter hurdles (36.33) ... won the 400-meter hurdles (50.75) at the 2013 USA Track & Field World Youth Trials ... won 14 of the 22 events he competed in overall involving five events (60, 60H, 400, high jump, long jump) during the 2013 indoor season ... won three events at the 2013 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Indoor Championships - the 60-meter dash (6.89), the 400 (48.11) and the 60-meter hurdles (7.80) ... won the long jump (22-2 1/2) at the 2013 New Balance Indoor Nationals in March and was fourth in the high jump (6-2 1/4) and second in the 60-meter hurdles (7.76) ... played football for head coach Josh Niblett at Hoover High School where the Bucs went 30-0 in his junior and senior seasons, winning back-to-back Alabama 6A State Championships ... his father, Bobby, was a first-team all-America for the Crimson Tide in 1986 and 1987 and ranks second in career rushing yards at the Capstone with 3,420.

"Marlon's record speaks for itself. He's one of the nation's top athletes and we're thrilled to have him. He has the ability to step right in and be a factor on the conference and national levels as a hurdler and in the long and short relays." – Dan Waters, Alabama head coach

Veronica Lyle
400/800/Distance
Trussville, Ala. (Hewitt-Trussville)
Veronica Lyle

Personal Bests

  • 800 Meters - 2:12.96
  • 1,600 Meters - 4:59.98
  • 5k (Cross Country) - 18:06.40

The top distance runner in the state of Alabama ... coached by David Dobbs at Hewitt-Trussville High School in Trussville, Ala. ... the 2013 Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Class 6A Cross Country champion (5k - 18:06.40) ... set a personal best in the 1,600 of 4:59.98 while winning the 2014 AHSAA Class 6A Indoor 1,600-meter title ... set a personal best in the 800 of 2:12.96 while winning the 2014 AHSAA Class 6A Indoor 800-meter title ... the 2013 Birmingham Metro Cross Country Runner of the Year ... helped lead Hewitt-Trussville to the 2013 Class 6A state team cross country title ... owns state high school records in eight events (300 meters; 400; 500; 800; 1,600; 5,000; 10,000) ... also plays soccer for BUSA elite club ... began competing in track at age 14 ... daughter of Rick and Kathy Lyle ... born Jan. 21, 1996 in Birmingham, Ala.

"The top distance girl in Alabama, Veronica has shown tremendous range from running 57.4 in the 400 to winning state in cross country. She is thus far undefeated this year in state championships after winning both the 800 and 1,600 earlier this week and winning cross country in the fall. A special talent who is a fierce competitor, she has a very bright future ahead." – Adam Tribble, Alabama assistant coach (cross country/distance)

Danni McConnell
Hammer Throw
Hobart, Tasmania (Australia) (Elizabeth College/Tasmanian Institute of Sport)
DanniMcConnell

Personal Bests

  • Hammer Throw – 195-5 (59.56 meters)

Coached by Evan Peacock ... competes for the Tasmanian Institute of sport and the Eastern Suburbs Athletics Club ... threw 59.56 meters on Jan. 27, 2014 ... one of the top hammer throwers in Australia ... the 2013 Australia Junior (age 19 and under) Champion ... placed second at the 2013 Australian National Championships (all ages) ... very experienced in international competition, including the 2012 World Junior Championships, 2011 World Youth Games, the Tier 2 AA Target Talent Squad and the National U17 Development Squad ... placed fourth in the hammer at the 2011 Australian Open Champs ... the 2010 & 2011 National Junior (aged 18 and under) champion in the hammer ... also holds the open Tasmanian record in the hammer ... set the Australian national under-16 record (52.92m) in 2009 ... set the Australian national under-18 record (58.09m) in 2011 ... finished 13th (53.21m) at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Lyon, France ... placed 13th (58.94m) at the 2012 World Junior Championships ... trains guide dog puppies ... daughter of Scott and Sue McConnell ... born Jan. 11, 1994 in Hobart, Tasmania.

"Danni is an outstanding talent who we expect to be a big impact for our women's team. When I first watched her compete, I knew she was something special. She has all of the elements physically and mentally of a championship hammer thrower, but still has a lot of room left to develop. We're extremely excited to have Danni join the Crimson Tide family!" – Doug Reynolds, Alabama assistant coach (throws)

Peyton Price
Distance
Birmingham, Ala. (Vestavia Hills)

Personal Bests

  • 1,600 Meters – 4:26.97
  • 3,200 Meters – 9:48.85
  • 5k (Cross Country) – 15:58.50

A top distance/cross country runner in the Alabama high school ranks throughout his prep career ... coached by Brett Huber at Vestavia Hills High School in Birmingham, Ala. ... has finished among the top five at the last two Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) Cross Country Championships ... was fourth at the 2013 AHSAA Class 6A cross country meet (5k – 15:58.50) ... placed fifth at the 2012 AHSAA Class 6A cross country meet (5k – 16:18.76) ... helped lead Vestavia Hills to the 2012 AHSAA Class 6A state cross country team title and a runner-up team finish in 2013 ... was the 2013 Class 6A Section 3 cross country champion ... voted Vestavia Hills’ Most Outstanding Runner in 2010 and 2013 ... Birmingham All-Metro Team (2012, 2013) ... son of Mark Price and Monica Freeland ... born Jan. 29, 1996 in Birmingham, Ala.

"Peyton made big strides this past fall in cross country with a top-four finish at the state meet and clearly established himself as one of the top runners in Alabama, and it’s good to have one of the top distance guys in Alabama staying in-state. Peyton should help, in time, both on the cross country course and in the longer races on the track." – Adam Tribble, Alabama assistant coach (cross country/distance)

Alison Ringle
Distance
Bossier City, La. (Parkway)

Personal Bests

  • 1,600 Meters – 5:13.25
  • 3,200 Meters – 11:23.34
  • 3-Mile – 17:53
  • 5,000 Meters – 18:43

The leading prep distance runner in the state of Louisiana ... coached by Kent Falting at Parkway High School in Bossier City, La. ... the 2013 Louisiana Class 5A outdoor state champion in the 3,200 meters (11:23.34) ... won a pair of titles at the 2013 USA Track & Field (USATF) Region 6 Junior Olympics on the same day (July 7), the 1,500 (4:48.91) and the 3,200 (10:38.21) ... placed third in the 3,000 (10:38.05) at the 2013 USATF National Junior Olympics ... was second at the 2013 Mobile Challenge of Champions Cross Country meet (5k – 19:05.21) ... ran 18:53.39 over a 5k course to place 26th at the 2013 NXN South Regional championships ... owns the fastest indoor 1,600-meter time in Louisiana thus far in 2014 (5:14.62) set Jan. 18 at the McNeese State Indoor ... helped lead Parkway to the 2013 Louisiana Class 5A state cross country title, as well as three successive Class 5A District 1 cross country championships and the 2012 Class 5A District 1 track title ... daughter of Alan and Michele Ringle ... born Nov. 20, 1995 in Bossier City, La.

"Alison improved greatly this cross country season. Her track marks are a bit deceiving, in that she's been hitting marks in practice faster than she raced last year. Alison's very eager to train and compete at a higher level, and she has the tenacity needed to put in the work necessary to be successful." – Adam Tribble, Alabama assistant coach (cross country/distance)

Elizabeth Scott
Distance
Brentwood, Tenn. (Brentwood)
Elizabeth Scott

Personal Bests

  • Mile – 5:08.63
  • 1,600 Meters – 5:10.94
  • 2-Mile – 11:20.96
  • 3,200 Meters – 11:20.60
  • 5k Cross Country – 18:56.00

One of the top cross country and distance runners in the Tennessee high school ranks ... coached by Ronnie Seigenthaler and Margaret Groos Sloan at Brentwood High School in Brentwood, Tenn. ... helped lead Brentwood to a runner-up team finish at the 2014 TSSAA Class 3A Cross Country Championships ... led Brentwood to Regional and County Country team titles in 2012 and 2013 after a runner-up finish in 2011 ... a four-year letter winner in cross country and track ... captain of the cross country and track teams ... earned All-Region honors in cross country in 2012 and 2013 ... has qualified for the state championships meet in cross country and track all four years ... also a member of Brentwood's swim team where she has qualified for regional competition ... excellent student who is the Vice-President of Brentwood's Science National Honor Society chapter ... a member of National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta Math Fraternity, English National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and editor of the Yearbook ... began competing in track at age 13 ... is the niece of Brady Hoke, head football coach at the University of Michigan ... four of her cousins (John Goldsberry at North Carolina-Wilmington, Kendall Frey at East Carolina, Lindsey Goldsberry at Bowling Green and Robert Goldsberry at Canisius) have played college basketball ... daughter of John and Brenda Scott ... born Jan. 5, 1996 in Jacksonville, Fla.

"Elizabeth has only begun to scratch the surface of her abilities. Tremendously driven and focused, I'm really excited about her having the opportunity to mature and grow as a runner while training alongside the girls already here on a daily basis. More than likely a long-distance girl on the track, she has the mentality needed to handle the demands of training and racing at the longer distances." – Adam Tribble, Alabama assistant coach (cross country/distance)

Josh Short
Distance
Cedarburg, Wis. (Cedarburg)

Personal Bests

  • 1,600 Meters – 4:19
  • 3,200 Meters - 9:29.70
  • 5k (Cross Country) - 16:05.20

Coached by Mark Allen at Cedarburg High School in Cedarburg, Wis. ... one of the top distance and cross country runners in the state of Wisconsin high school ranks ... won conference, regional and sectional championships in the 1,600 and 3,200 outdoors in 2013 ... voted Cedarburg's Cross Country MVP in 2012 ... qualified for the state me at 1,600 and 3,200 in 2013 ... first-team all-Conference in cross country in 2012 ... ran his cross country personal best 5k of 16:05.20 while finishing fourth at the 2012 Cudahy Purgolder Invitational ... finished third at the 2012 Port Washington Cross Country Invitational (5k - 16:28.69) ... placed 32nd at the 2012 Wisconsin Division I State Championships (5k - 16:18.58) ... finished fifth in the 3,200 at the 2013 Myrhum Invitational (9:37.23) ... ran his 3,200 personal best of 9:29.70 on the way to a ninth-place finish at the 2013 Wisconsin Division I Outdoor State Championships ... also lettered in soccer ... began competing in track at age 13 ... son of Brad and Colleen Short ... his mother, Colleen (Wismer) Short competed in cross country and track at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside from 1984-88 ... born April 16, 1996 in McHenry, Ill.

"Josh is a newly converted runner from soccer who in the brief time he has been running has shown a talent yet to be developed. He should add good depth in cross country and be a long distance guy on the track. I'm eager to see what Josh will do once he's had time to be developed aerobically and he matures as a runner." – Adam Tribble, Alabama assistant coach (cross country/distance)

Haley Teel
Throws
Portland, Texas (Gregory-Portland)
Haley Teel

Personal Bests

  • Shot Put – 48-3 (14.70m)
  • Discus – 156-3 (47.62m)

The top prep thrower in the state of Texas ... coached by David McKinney at Gregory-Portland High School in Beaumont, Texas ... as a junior, was the 2013 Texas Class 4A outdoor shot put champion ... placed second in the discus at the 2013 Texas Class 4A Outdoor Championships ... as a sophomore, placed third in the shot put at the 2012 Texas Class 4A Outdoor Championships ... as a freshman in 2011, placed ninth in the shot put at the Texas Class 4A Outdoor Championships ... also plays volleyball at Gregory-Portland, earning all-District honors three times ... began competing in track and field in the seventh grade ... daughter of Larry and Catherine Teel ... her father, Larry, played college football at Texas-El Paso ... born June 20, 1996 in Corpus Christi, Texas.

"In the process of identifying the most talented athletes of this recruiting class, Haley quickly rose to the top of the list. Not only is she one of the top two event throwers in the high school ranks, but she possesses the physical attributes and attitude required to succeed at the SEC and NCAA levels. I am extremely excited about the future of our program, and Haley will be a cornerstone in the continued rebuilding of our team." – Doug Reynolds, Alabama assistant coach (throws)

Kaitlin Walker
Hurdles
Heber City, Utah (Wasatch)
Kaitlin Walker

Personal Bests

  • 300-Meter Hurdles – 42.97

The top hurdler in the state of Utah ... coached by Brad Foster at Wasatch High School in Heber City, Utah ... a four-time individual Class 3A state champion, having won the 100-meter hurdles as a sophomore (2012) and junior (2013) as well as the 300-meter hurdles in 2012 and 2013 ... has also run a leg on state title 4x400-meter relay teams in 2012 and 2013 ... set a Class 3A state record in the 300-meter hurdles (42.97), the fourth-fastest time ever recorded by a female hurdler in the state of Utah (regardless of classification) ... a four-time all-State honoree ... placed 15th at the 2012 Class 3A Cross Country Championships, earning all-State honors ... began competing in track at the age of 14 ... daughter of Korey and Merrie Walker ... her father, Korey, played football at Brigham Young University ... born Oct. 24, 1995 in Provo, Utah.

"Kaitlin is a multi-time state champ in Utah and I think that she has great potential for improvement. She always rises to the occasion and has her best races when she gets quality competition." – Matt Kane, Alabama assistant coach (sprints/hurdles)

Abbie Whitehurst
Sprints
Franklin, Tenn. (Brentwood Academy)
Abbie Whitehurst

Personal Bests

  • 60 Meters – 7.79
  • 100 Meters – 11.91
  • 200 Meters – 24.85
  • 400 Meters – 56.79

One of the leading prep sprinters in the Southeast ... coached by Cathy Cheeseman at Brentwood Academy in Brentwood, Tenn. ... a two-time Tennessee state champion in the 200 meters, as a freshman in 2011 and a sophomore in 2012 ... won the 2011 New Balance Nationals 100-meter dash as a freshman in 2011 ... helped Brentwood Academy win Division II state team titles in 2012 and 2013 ... also runs on Brentwood's record-setting 4x100 and 4x400-meter relay units ... team captain in 2013 ... member of the National Honor Society ... President of the schools' Orphan Advocacy Club ... began competing in track at the age of 12 ... daughter of Clay and Dana Whitehurst ... her father, Clay, played football at the University of Alabama (split end, 1984-87) ... born Aug. 15, 1986 in Birmingham, Ala.

"Abbie is a proven winner. She has developed into one of the top sprinters in Tennessee and is going to be a great addition to the sprint group." – Matt Kane, Alabama assistant coach (sprints/hurdles)

Jacob Zalesky
Pole Vault
Keller, Texas (Timber Creek)
Jacob Zalesky

Personal Bests

  • Pole Vault – 15-6

One of the leading prep pole vaulters in the Texas high school ranks ... coached by Hal Theodore of the Polecats Pole Vault Club ... attends Timber Creek High School in Fort Worth, Texas ... his personal best of 15 feet, 6 inches ranked in the top 100 of all high school marks nationally in 2013 and was the 15th best in Texas, regardless of classification ... that clearance was accomplished at the 2013 Class 5A Region 1 meet in April where he finished fourth overall ... has shown consistent improvement as a vaulter over his prep career ... was the 2013 Class 5A Area 3-4 champion (15-0) ... holds the school record at Timber Creek High School ... a four-time regional qualifier ... a four-year track letterman ... helped lead his team to consecutive district team titles in track in 2012 and 2013 ... also plays football and baseball ... ranks in the top 10 percent of his class academically ... member of National Honor Society ... a Student Ambassador ... member of the A Honor Roll ... a two-time Talon Award winner for academic excellence ... State art qualifier ... began competing in track at the age of 13 ... son of Daniel and Mary Zalesky ... born March 1, 1996 in Kearney, Neb.

"We have filled a need in our track program with the signing of pole vaulter Jake Zalesky. We feel Jake has a big up-side now that he will be a full-time vaulter. He was a multi-sport athlete in high school and didn't have the opportunity to work exclusively on pole vaulting like he will with Coach (Brad) Smith here. A great student, and class young man from a super family. We're very happy to have him." – Dick Booth, Alabama assistant coach (jumps and vaults)

     
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