July 28, 2014
Head Track and Field and Cross-Country Coach Matt Koenigs announced the addition of 16 more student-athletes to the 2014 recruiting class, bringing the total for the incoming class to 29.
Alan Blair (Coconut Creek HS, Fla.) will join his high school teammate, Melquan Duncan, to jump at Trinity. Blair who focuses on the high jump posted a personal best mark of 6’2” in the event.
Andrew Logan (Natrona County HS, Wyo.) will compete in the horizontal jumps for the Eagles. Logan has a personal best of 39’8.75” in the triple jump.
Bastian Tabacchi (South Kitsap HS) who in 2014 was among the State of Washington’s top prep 200m runners with a non-wind aided time of 22.19 also has a personal best in the 100m of 11.12. Tabacchi also competed on South Kitsap High School’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
Cheyana Gearardo (Cascade HS) who was a cheer captain in high school has made the switch to track this summer and will compete in sprints and jumps for the Eagles.
Cresma Dennis (Henry Foss HS), a member of the 1911 Track Club, posted bests this spring of 13.59 in the 100m and 28.29 in the 200m. Dennis will also contend for a spot on the 4x100m relay at Trinity.
Daniel Hansen (North Kitsap HS / Olympic College) will compete in Cross-Country and Track and Field for the Eagles. For Olympic College, Hansen posted personal record times of 4:09.54 for 1500m, 15:45.78 for 5000m and 10:04.55 in the 3,000m steeplechase. As a senior at North Kitsap High School, he placed 30th at 2A State XC with a 5-kilometer time of 16:35.
Devonte Green (Foster HS) will transfer from Everett Community College. Green, who has a personal record in the 100m of 11.16 and in the 200m of 22.55, will also contend for a spot on the team’s 4x100m relay.
Eric Matson (Cedar Park Christian HS) who was a standout as a guard on his high school basketball team joins the Eagles and will switch to track where he will focus on the jumps.
Gregory Williams (Mt. Tahoma HS), a member of the 1911 Track Club, has run 11.51 in the 100m this spring and has personal records in the long jump of 20’1” and in the triple jump of 41’5.
Jenna Jeffs (Firth HS, Idaho) will contribute in both Cross-Country and Track. On the track, Jeffs, whose personal record in the event is 48.55, placed 9th in 2014 at the 2A Idaho State track meet in the 300m hurdles. She also competed four consecutive years at the State Cross-Country meet and has a personal record of 21:01 for 5-kilometers.
Josiah Steele (Monroe HS/Homeschool) has personal bests of 6’0” in the high jump, 20’10.25” in the long jump and 43’8” in the triple jump. As a senior in 2014, he competed at the 4A State Championships in the long jump where he placed 16th.
Mary Shaffer (South Kitsap HS/Homeschool) will compete in the 400m hurdles and in Cross-Country for the Eagles. Shaffer posted a 51.57 in the 300m hurdles this spring and last fall, in her first Cross-Country season, ran a best of 22:40 for 5-kilometers.
Melquan Duncan (Coconut Creek HS, Fla.) will join high school teammate Alan Blair to jump at Trinity. Duncan, who competes in the horizontal jumps, has personal bests of 20’4.5” in the long jump and 43’11.95” in the triple jump.
Michael Hauck (Everett HS) joins the Eagles to compete in both Cross-Country and Track and Field. Hauck placed 50th at the 2010 3A State Cross-Country Championships as a senior with a personal best time of 16:42.
Tiyani Fernando (Arlington HS) competed in the jumps for the Eagles where her personal bests were 30’5” in the triple jump, 14’11.5” in the long jump and 4’6” in the high jump. Look for Fernando to also contribute in the relays.
Tristan Nelson (Lakewood HS) will compete in the throws. As a Lakewood Cougar, Nelson posted personal best marks of 41’10” in the 12lb shot put, 143’4” in the 1.6kg discus and 99’9” in the 12lb hammer.
With twenty-nine new student-athletes, it may surprise some that the Eagles are still recruiting and expect more athletes to join the 2014 recruiting class. If you are interested in being a part of the momentum of what is shaping up to be a top tier Track and Field and Distance program, filling out a recruiting questionnaire is your first step.