Track and Field Inks 24 Athletes as Part of 2008 Recruiting Class

May 15, 2008

HOUSTON - The University of Houston track and field head coach Leroy Burrell announced the addition of 24 student-athletes to the program.

Thirteen men and 11 women make up a highly talented recruiting class and will join the Cougars in 2008-09.

"We are very excited about the depth and the quality of our 2008 recruiting class," Burrell said. "We feel that we have addressed some specific needs in the program.

"Top to bottom, this is the best men's class we have ever signed. We think in a few years this class will put us in contention for a Top 10 finish at the NCAA meet.

"We feel the women will develop into strong performers on the national level as well. The staff has done a great job of landing a solid group of young men and women who the University will be proud of in short order."


Kevin Hobson (Arlington/Seguin HS) is a 2008 State Champion in the 200-meter dash. He also won the 100-meters at the prestigious Texas Relays. He holds personal bests of 10.55 in the 100m and 20.93 in the 200m.

Terrell McNeil (Galveston/Ball HS) also comes to Houston with impressive credentials. The sprinter has a great deal of experience, having competed at the national level at the USA Track and Field and AAU Junior Olympics. McNeil has personal bests of 10.41 in the 100m and 20.92 in the 200m.

Douglas Kelley (Leander/Leander HS)is a 5A State Champion as a member of his school's 4X400-meter relay team. Kelley was a state qualifier and holds a personal best in the 400-meters with a clocking of 48.1.

Garrett Hughey (Argyle HS) also was a state qualifier in the 400-meters, finishing second at the 2008 3A Texas State Champion. He holds a personal record time of 48.22 in the event.

Matt Dudley (El Paso/Parkland HS) is the 2008 4A State Champion in the discus. He holds a personal best in the event with a mark of 192-04. He is one of the top high school throwers in the state.



Lamar Delaney (Nassau, Bahamas) will participate in the long jump and triple jump for the Cougars. He holds personal bests of 24-02.00 in the long jump and 52-09.00 in the triple jump. Delaney comes with great potential to score at nationals in the triple jump.

Nathan Pineda (San Antonio/Holmes HS) was a cross-country Region 4 Champion. Pineda is a state qualifying distance runner. He holds personal bests of 4:18 in the 1600m, 9:25 in the 3200m and 15:48 in the 5k.

Brandon Broden (Brownsville/Hanna HS) was a state qualifier in the 1600-meter run and holds a best of 4:21 in the event. He also has a personal record of 9:35 in the 3200-meters.

Cole Bessner (Pflugerville/Henderickson HS) is a state qualifier in cross-country. Bessner is a talented distance runner and holds personal best marks of 4:28 in the 1600m, 9:44 in the 3200m and 15:48 in the 5k.

Mauricio Morales (Emporia, Kansas/Cowley JC) transfers to Houston after finishing 32nd at the 2007 JUCO Cross-Country Nationals. He owns a personal best of 25:52 in the 8,000m.

Anthony Jordan (Magnolia HS) holds bests of 4:28 in the 1600m and 9:41 in the 3200m.

Dayne Jordan (Magnolia HS) owns bests of 4:30 in the 1600m and 10:01 in the 3200m.

Joe Derrick (Houston/Nimitz HS) owns personal-bests of 4.34 in the 1600m and 9:54 in the 3,200m. Derrick and Anthony and Dayne Jordan will add much needed depth as distance runners.


Grecia Bolton (Cypress/Cypress Springs HS) comes to Houston as one of the top high school sprinters in the state. Bolton was the 2007 5a Texas State Champion and the 2007 AAU Junior Olympic National Champion in the 100-meter dash. She holds a personal record of 11.63 in the event.

Whitney Harris (A&M Consolidated) is another top quality sprinter, finishing third at the 5A Texas State Meet in the 400-meters. She competed at the national level at the USA Track and Field and AAU Junior Olympics. Harris owns a personal best of 54.54 in the event.

Nicquel Thomas (Houston/Jack Yates HS) rounds out a highly talented class of female sprinters, running the 200-meter dash. She posted a third place finish in the 2007 Texas state meet and took fifth in 2008. Thomas also brings national experience to the team. She owns a personal record of 24.1 in that event.

Ciera Johnson (Baton Rouge, La./Redemptorist HS) is a two-time Louisiana State Champion in the 800-meters, taking first place in both 2007 and 2008. She also took third in the 2008 3A State Meet in the 1600-meters. Johnson holds personal bests of 2:14.56 in the 800m and 5:24.81 in the 1600m. She also placed second in the 2007 Louisana 3A Cross Country Championships.

Stephanie Aldea (Windsor, Ontario/St. Annes HS) broke three 23 year old WECSSAA records in the 800m, 1500m and 3,000m with a times of 2:17, 4:45 and 10:20. Aldea finished 27th at the OFSAA Senior Girls Cross Country Championships. She also holds a personal best of 18:48 in the 5k.

Starla Garcia (Pharr/PSJA North HS) was a state qualifier in the 3200-meters. She holds a best of 11.26 in the event.

LaRoya Johnson (Houston/Elsik HS) will join the Cougars, competing in the long jump. She was a member of the 2005 USA Track and Field World Youth Team. She owns a personal record of 20-02.00 in the event.

Felicia Payton (Converse Judson) is a two-time Texas 5A State qualifier in the high jump. She has a personal best of 5-08.00 in the high jump.

Clarissa Payton (Converse Judson) finished 8th at the 5A Texas State Meet in the 800-meters. Payton set a personal record in the 800m with a time of 2:15.13.

Megan Munoz (Houston/Kingwood HS) comes to Houston as a distance runner. She holds bests of 5:09 in the 1600m, 11:20 in the 3200m and 18:48 in the 5k.

Brandi Witte (Brazos HS) rounds out the women's recruiting class for the Cougars. A distance runner, Witte holds a personal record of 19.44 in the 5k.

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