Track and Cross-Country sign Swain and Rodriguez

The Trinity Lutheran Track and Cross-Country programs announced today the signings of Lazaro Rodriguez from Idaho’s Fruitland High School and of Arlington High School’s Karissa Swain.

Karissa SwainSwain, who plans to study Children, Youth & Family Studies while at Trinity, will join the Eagles for both the Cross-Country and Track and Field seasons. An Eagle already at Arlington High School, Swain has been a contributor for a very good women’s distance running program under the direction of Coaches Jon Murray and Mike Schierk. Coach Murray described Swain as “a first class student and person” and predicted, “her best running is still to come.” Last fall, Swain posted a personal best time of 21:12 in the 5k at the 2012 District 1 XC Championship.

“Swain will be a huge part of our program for the next four years. Meeting with her this winter, it was immediately evident that she was the right fit for us here at Trinity–we’re thrilled to have her heading here for the fall,” said Matt Koenigs, head coach for Cross-Country and Track and Field.

Lazaro RodriguezLazaro Rodriguez, who goes by Lalo, will study Early Childhood Education at Trinity. He has been sprinting for the Grizzlies of Fruitland High School since his freshman year. Rodriguez, who focuses on the sprints, placed 16th in the 100m at the 3A 2011 Idaho State Track Championships and has a 100m PR of 11.88 seconds. Rodriguez has been a standout as the leadoff man on the school’s 4x100m relay, which placed 2nd at the 2012 Snake River Valley District Championship. His coach at Fruitland, Rena Sitz, commended him as a strong, explosive, starter with good block starts. Sitz explained that while Rodriguez is a talented athlete “he is more importantly an incredible individual.”

“With Rodriguez, it was clear that he had the work ethic and was the kind of person we were looking for. With his ability to get out of the blocks consistently, we think we’ve found our leadoff man in the 4x100m Relay for the next four years while at the same time bringing in a leader who will help set the tone for our entire program,” said Koenigs.