April 24, 2014
The Eagle’s Track and Field and Cross-Country programs have signed five athletes over the course of the last two weeks.
Joining the Track and Field team are Rheyannah Clayton, Therron “TJ” Randle and Ashleigh Fraser. Juan Cortez and Rachel Sowards have signed to compete for both Track and Field and Cross-Country at Trinity. The five join the 2014 freshman class that also includes Deer Park High School’s Makenna Adams and Lake Stevens High School’s David Castillo.
Rheyanah Clayton is a sprinter from Clover Park High School in Lakewood, Wash. She also competes for the 1911 Track Club and has personal record (PR) times of 12.78a in the 100m and 26.56a in the 200m. As a junior, she competed at the WIAA 2A State Championship in both the 100m and 200m events where she placed 11th and 14th respectively.
“Look for Rheyanah to set the tone for our women’s sprints program,” said Head Track and Field Coach Matt Koenigs.
“She epitomizes what we’re looking for in a student-athlete… her times are fantastic, but she is also a great fit for Trinity and we’re thrilled to have her joining us in the fall.”
Ashleigh Fraser is a horizontal jumper and sprinter from Cle Elum-Roslyn High School. She has personal bests of 17’2.5” in the long jump, 34’3” in the triple jump and 13.22a in the 100m. As a prep athlete, she has advanced every year to the State meet. As a junior at the WIAA 1A State Championship, she placed 9th in the long jump and 11th in the triple jump. Look for Fraser to contribute in the relays. She competes as the anchor leg for her team’s 4x100m and 4x200m relays and helped lead relay teams to State in both her freshman and sophomore years.
“We are thrilled to have Ashleigh joining us next year. She is a phenomenal talent and we will be a stronger track and field program the moment she steps on campus. She has a huge upside and we can’t wait to see what she can do,” said Koenigs.
Rachel Sowards joins the Eagles from Lakewood High School where she has been a standout and a leader for the Cougars for the last four years. During her career at Lakewood, she has personal records of 20:16 in the 5k and 12:09.30 for 3200m. In 2010, she placed 56th at the WIAA 2A State Cross-Country Championships where her 20:26.1 helped her team to an 8th place finish. As a senior, Rachel was a captain for her Cross-Country team.
“Rachel is a great fit for Trinity. She is the model for we’ve been looking for as we build our women’s distance running program. She is a coachable, intelligent leader who loves to run and we’re delighted to have a chance to work with her for the next four years,” said Koenigs.
TJ Randle is a hurdler from Tacoma’s Lincoln High School who also competes for the 1911 Track Club. As a junior, Randle advanced to the WIAA 3A State Championship in the 300m hurdles where he placed 6th in the finals after posting a 40.14a PR time in the preliminary round. Competing at the Tacoma Invitational this spring, he notched a new PR in the 110m hurdles where his 15.17a earned him an individual meet title. He has also participated as a member of his team’s 4x400m relay, and has to his credit a solid 52.0 second 400m split.
“We love what TJ brings to the program,” said Koenigs. “He is a strong hurdler with a phenomenal work ethic and he conveys a quiet confidence that we’d love to see from all of our athletes.”
Juan Cortez is a 2014 senior at DeSales Catholic High School. As a junior, he posted personal best times on the track of 10:05.40a in the 3200m and 4:44.23a in the 1600m. Competing for Walla Walla High School last fall because DeSales does not participate in cross country, he placed 46th at the WIAA 4A State Championships with a PR time in the 5k of 16:15.
“This young man has a tremendous amount of upside and I can’t wait to get him training year-round,” said Koenigs. “I see him contributing in a major way for the next four years.”
In total, the Eagles have now signed 7 athletes who will participate in Cross-Country and Track and Field.