May 16, 2014
Trinity’s Track and Field Team has signed six more athletes to the 2014 recruiting class, bringing the total to 13. The new signings include Jacob Kraus, Jeremiah Baker, Michael Mahler, Pablo Chavola, Andrew Vincent and Isaiah Marshal.
Jacob Kraus, who will major in business at Trinity, is a senior at Mukilteo’s Kamiak High School where he competes in the sprints and horizontal jumps. He has personal records of 22’0.5” in the long jump, 11.14a in the 100m and 22.47a in the 200m. As a junior, he placed 12th at the WIAA 4A State Championships in the Long Jump. Kraus, who recently won the Wesco 4A Long Jump championship, also competes on his team’s 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
“This is a huge addition for us,” said Norman Warren, head sprints and jumps coach. “He knows how to work hard and has a positive attitude – we’re thrilled to have the chance to work with him for the next four years.”
Jeremiah Baker is a sprinter who joins the Eagles from Wakefield Technical College, where he has been enrolled since graduating in 2012 from North Carolina’s Wakefield High School. Baker, who is also a business major, has personal record times of 10.74a in the 100m, 22.54a in the 200m and 50.16a in the 400m. In 2012, he competed at the 4A NCHSAA State Championships where he placed 13th in the 400m and helped his team to an 8th place finish and a time of 42.87a in the 4x100m Relay.
“Jeremiah is a great fit for Trinity,” said Matt Koenigs, head track and field coach. “The relays are going to be a lot of fun next year with the help we’re going to get from this recruiting class and he is a big part of that.”
Michael Mahler, who is originally from Lincoln High School and a member of the 1911 Track Club, is transferring to Trinity to study business from the University of New Orleans (NCAA D1) where he competed in Cross Country last fall. Mahler has personal records of 56.27 in the 400m and 2:11.30 in the 800m and joins 1911 Track Club teammates Rheyanna Clayton and Therron Randle as the third member of the club to join the 2014 recruiting class.
“Michael espouses the work ethic and commitment that we’re looking for in a student-athlete,” said Koenigs.
“He is going to get a lot faster once we get him working on long sprints year round and his personality is just a great fit us. And, of course, we can’t have too many 1911 Track Club members here at Trinity.”
Pablo Chavolla, a psychology major and 2013 graduate from Wenatchee High School, has signed to throw for the Eagles. During his senior year, Chavolla placed 9th at the 4A WIAA State Track and Field Championships in the Discus. He has personal records of 45’ 9.5” in the 12lb Shot Put and 145’ 6.0” in the Discus.
“I was really impressed with Pablo during the recruiting process,” said Mary Parker, head throws coach. “He has the mentality that it takes to be successful in everything that he does and we’re just thrilled to have him joining our throws group.”
Andrew “Drew” Vincent, a 2012 graduate of Fairdale High School in Kentucky, will compete in both Cross-Country and Track and Field for the Eagles. Vincent who has been working at Swags Sports Shoes since graduating has personal records on the track of 2:01 for 800m and 4:31 for the 1600m. During the 2010 cross country season, Vincent finished 3rd at the home school National championships posting a personal record of 15:55 over the 5-kilometer course.
“We are just thrilled to have Drew on board for the fall,” said Koenigs. “Our men’s XC roster is really starting to take shape and for the first time we’re going to have a good competition for top 7 this year… though, I think Drew is someone we’ll be able to plug right into the top 5.”
Isaiah Marshall, a psychology major from Mariner High School, competes in the long sprints and triple jump. A 2014 senior for the Marauders, he has established new personal records this season in both the triple jump and 800m with marks of 37’2.0” and 2:14.09 respectively.
“We really like Isaiah in the triple jump,” said Warren. “He’s our first triple jumper so he certainly fills an area of need and we can’t wait to have him joining the jumps group in the fall.”
In total, the Eagles have now signed 13 athletes who will participate in Cross-Country and/or Track and Field.