April 13, 2010
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama head women's cross country coach Randy Hasenbank announced the signing of four prep middle distance and distance standouts for 2010-11 season. Aubrielle Wright (Hampton, Ga.), Claire Turner (Signal Mountain, Tenn.), Palee Myrex (Bremen, Ala.) and Lillian Goodman (Opelika, Ala.) will all be wearing crimson next season.
"I am very excited about this recruiting class," Hasenbank said. "To begin with, these young ladies are exceptional students. They each hold themselves to very high academic standards. I am looking forward to this group joining our program. We led the nation academically this past season and finished second the previous season, while making significant improvement at the SEC & regional cross country championships. With the addition of these four young ladies, I expect us to continue to compete for athletic awards as we continue to strive for academic excellence."
Wright comes to Tuscaloosa from Westlake High School near Atlanta, Ga. Wright claimed the class 5A state title in the 800m and ran on the winning 4x400m relay that established an all-time best for the state of Georgia. The relay time of 3:46.11 was 13th-best in the country in 2009. Wright has also posted a career-best time of 56.41 for 400m.
"In Aubrielle, we have a fantastic middle distance prospect," Hasenbank said. "She has great range as she led the state of Georgia last year with a time of 2:13.09 in the 800m, and this fall she qualified for the state cross country finals. We are looking forward to Aubrielle making an immediate impact in our program. She will make solid contributions in the 400m, 800m, distance medley and 4x400 meter relays. Aubrielle comes from a fantastic family. I know that her family and coaches are very proud of her and excited for her."
"The middle distance and distance athletes will add to our cross country program which has the number one GPA in the nation this year," head women's track and field coach Sandy Fowler said. "Aubrielle is a unique track athlete with a great combination of range, speed and agility. She will have an immediate impact for our program in the 800m as well as the 400m. Aubrielle is an excellent student and will do well at the Capstone in her classes."
Turner will come to the Capstone from Red Bank High, near Chattanooga, Tenn. Turner enters her senior outdoor campaign as one of the top returning distance runners in the state. She won the state cross country title in the fall and has garnered numerous all-state honors during her standout career. She has been named to numerous All-Area teams and boasts personal records of 18:24 for 5,000m, 11:03 for 3,200m and 5:11 for 1,600m. She won the NIKE "Emerging Elite" outdoor 3,200m title in June. Turner was named the Tennessee state winner of the "Wendy's Heisman", is a member of NHS, was selected to attend the Chattanooga Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine and has been on the Star Roll for four years with a 4.0 GPA.
"Claire brings a tremendous amount of experience to our squad," Hasenbank said. "I feel that she can make significant contributions to our program. She is very tough. I have watched her compete well in long distances in very difficult conditions. She is very goal oriented and intends to study psychology and eventually enter the field of neuroscience."
"Claire will help our program immediately in cross country as well as the middle distance and distance events on the oval," Fowler said. "She has a varied range of events and will make a significant contribution to the program in many ways. Claire is a tough competitor that does not like to lose which will work to her advantage in the SEC. Claire is also a fantastic student and will adjust well to the academic atmosphere at Alabama."
Palee Myrex, from Cold Springs High School in Bremen, Ala., enters her senior outdoor season as one of the most decorated athletes in the state. In addition to her 10 individual state titles in track and cross country, Myrex played on back-to-back state championship basketball teams and led her team to the 2006 2A Cross Country Championship. She has been named to numerous All-State and All-County teams. She is a member of the National Honor Society. Myrex was also the recipient of the Bryant-Jordan Scholar-Athlete Achievement award and scholarship.
"To put it simply, Palee is a winner and she always will be," Hasenbank said. "That is how she is made. She possesses so many intangibles. She is very determined, very coachable and loves sport. She is a team player in every sense of the word. I feel that Palee has great potential as a runner. I am excited to see what she can accomplish once she joins our team. The group dynamic here will help get her to the next level."
"Palee Myrex will add a tremendous amount of winning experience to our team," Fowler said. "Palee is very talented and wants to succeed at the next level. This type of drive and motivation will help her to develop into a great runner and competitor. It will be exciting to be a part of her growth and maturity as a runner over the next four years. Palee will contribute to the team in cross country, middle distance and distance events."
Lillian Goodman will join the Tide from Lee-Scott Academy in Auburn, Ala. Goodman has won numerous AISA state titles and is the defending state champion in the 1,600m and 3,200m, holding state records in each. In addition, Goodman has participated in soccer, cross country and basketball, all at the varsity level during her four years at Lee-Scott Academy. Goodman, a member of the National Honor Society, has been named a National Merit Semi-Finalist and carries a perfect 4.0. She is active in numerous school and community activities including FCA & Habitat for Humanity.
"Lillian possesses great potential," Hasenbank said. "She is very, very active and enjoys sport. I am excited about working with her. She will benefit greatly from being a part of a group of high-level runners. Lillian is a student-athlete in every sense of the word. She is just as excited to join the team based on our academic successes as she is about the prospect of taking her running to a whole new level."
"Lillian Goodman has won several independent school state titles," Fowler said. "She also holds the state records in both. Lillian has great potential to develop into a strong cross country runner for Alabama. She will be a great student here at the Capstone. The sky is the limit for Lillian, both academically and athletically."