CHARLESTON, S.C. - Charleston Southern Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Jim Stintzi announced the 2017 CSU men's and women's track and cross country recruiting class on Monday afternoon. The Bucs added 10 players to the men's roster and five to the women's roster for the 2017-2018 seasons.
"The biggest thing we're trying to accomplish is to fill some of the gaps we had in the team, most specifically in the distance and middle distance area," Stintzi commented. "I feel like we were pretty successful in doing that. I think we're going to have a more balanced team with true cross country teams on both sides this year. In track, we're going to be represented in a vast majority of events with people that will be competitive."
The Bucs begin their second season under Stintzi following up strong performances at the men's and women's Big South Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at the Bagwell-Settle Track. The Bucs finished fourth overall in both men's and women's competition and were headlined by several top finishes including the individual overall winner in the men's 100m dash and the women's 4x100m relay.
"We're excited about how things ended last year and with some of the performances we had last year at the conference championships," Stintzi added. "We're still a really young team on both sides. We're excited about the kids coming in and the students we have coming back."
Andrew Akright joins the program by way of Chesterfield, Va. and Manchester High School where he competed in the distance events. Akright was a three-time All-State honoree finishing in the top ten in the 1600 Outdoor Virginia 6A State Track and Field Championships twice (2016 & 2017), as well as a third-place finish in the 1000m race at the 2017 Indoor State Championships. He added a 25th place result in the 2016 Virginia 6A State Cross Country Championships. Among his best marks include a time of 1:57.05 in the 800m, a 2:33.29 in the 1000m and a 4:22.29 in the 1600m. His best cross country 5K mark came in at 16:25.
Hayden Alexander comes to the program after a decorated career at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy. A three-time conference champion and four-time regional champion, Alexander won the 3200m title at the North Carolina 1A 2016 State Track and Field Championships. He followed up with a fifth-place result at the 2016 State Cross Country Championships. He finished with a fifth place result in the 3200m in the 2017 State Track and Field Championships. Among his best marks include a 4:37.63 in the 1600m, a 9:46.85 in the 3200m, and a 16:25 time in cross country (5000m).
Joshua Bowers joins the CSU program from Columbia, S.C. where he was a four-time All-State honoree at Blythewood High School. Bowers took top honors in the 800m race at the 2017 South Carolina 5A State Track and Field Championships. He added top ten finishes in the 1600m race at the 2016 4A Track Championships and added a ninth place result in the 2015 South Carolina 4A State Cross Country Championship. Among his best marks include a 1:55.38 in the 800m, a 4:24.69 in the 1600m, and a 16:11 in the cross country 5K.
Fearghal Curtin comes across the Atlantic to join the Bucs from Cork, Ireland and Midleton CBS. Curtin has represented Ireland in international competition five times in cross country and twice in track events. He took the individual title in the 2017 Celtic Cardiff International Cross Country race and placed third in the 2016 U20 Irish National Cross Country Championships. He added a third place finish in the 2017 British Athletics U20 Cross Country Challenge and a fourth place result in the 2016 Le Cheile International Track Competition. He represented Ireland at the 2016 European Junior Cross Country Championships. Among his best marks include a 3:58.10 in the 1500m, a 4:16.53 in the 1600m, an 8:26.00 in the 3000m and a 15:18.35 in the 5000m.
Jaymee Domoney brings a decorated career to CSU from Salisbury, Great Britain, and Bishops Wordsworth Grammar School. Domoney took top honors back-to-back years in the 1500m race at the South West England Championships winning the event in both 2016 and 2017. He added a first place finish in the 2017 Wilshire Cross Country Championships and paced the field in the 1500m event at the 2016 Wiltshire County Championships. He added a second-place finish in the 1500m at the 2017 Indoor U20 England Championships and a fifth-place result in the 1500m at the 2016 Outdoor English Schools Championships. He was a four-time Wiltshire representative at the English Schools Cross Country Championships. Among his best marks include a 154.65 in the 800m, a 3:53.86 in the 1500m, and a 23:34 in the cross country 7.5k race.
Trayvon Harris comes to the Bucs after taking a pair of state titles at the 2017 Georgia Independent Schools Association State Track Meet. The Hinesville, Ga. native took the 400m title and the 800m title for First Presbyterian Christian Academy. Among his best marks include a time of 51.73 in the 400m and 2:03.53 in the 800m.
Adam Huff recorded six top 10 finishes in both Cross Country and Track and Field at Lexington Christian High School in Lexington, Ky. over the past three years on his way to joining the Bucs recruiting class. Huff was a part of the Lexington Christian 2017 1A State Championships in the 4x800m race and placed fifth overall in the 3200m race at the same event. He added a first place finish in the 2016 Kentucky Cross Country Coaches Association Meet of Champions on his way to a second-place finish overall at the State Championships. He added a fourth-place finish in the 2015 Kentucky 1A State Championships. He was also eighth overall in the 2016 KyTrackxc.com 5K showdown. Among his best marks include a 4:34.28 in the 1600m, a 9:43.84 in the 3200m, and a 15:51.69 in the 5000m race. He added a time of 15:53.27 in the cross country 5k.
Matt Inman joins the Bucs from Dunbar High School and Lexington, Ky. where he was a three-time All-Region honoree. Inman placed second overall in the 3200m race at the 2017 3A Region 6 Track and Field Championships. He added a seventh place result in the 3200m at the 2017 Kentucky 3A State Track and Field Championships. He finished fourth overall in the KYTrackxc.com 5k Showdown. Among his best marks include a 4:29.61 in the 1600m, a 9:26.41 in the 3200m, and a 15:26.91 in the 5000m. He added a 16:11.64 in the cross country 5k.
Amir Warren makes the trip up I-95 from Jacksonville, Fla. to Charleston by way of Paxon High School where he competed in the 400m, 600m, 800m, and 1600m races. Warren took the individual title in the 800m at the 2017 Gateway Conference Track and Field Championship. He added a fifth-place result in the 800m at the 2017 FHSAA 3A Region 1 Track and Field Championships and a 10th place result in the 800m at the Flo Golden South Classic Track and Field Meet. Among his best marks include a 54.06 in the 400m, a 1:24.56 in the 600m, a 1:56.45 in the 800m, and a 4:44.79 in the 1600m.
Brooke Brownlee joins the CSU women's track and field team from Shawnee, Kan. and Marantha Academy where she was a highly decorated sprinter. Brownlee was a three-time 100m and 200m dash champion in the Kansas Region 20 Track and Field Championships. She was also a three-time State Champion in both the 100m and 200m dashes at the Kansas 2A State Track and Field Championships (2015, 2016, & 2017). Among her best marks include a 12.35 in the 100m dash and a 25.27 in the 200m dash.
Rebecca Cadet comes to the Bucs after transferring from North Carolina Central College and Newark, N.J. She was the Newark Public School City Champion in the 800m and the Essex County Conference Champion in the 1600m. She also turned in a third-place finish in the USATF National Youth Indoor Track & Field Championships in the 800m. Among her best marks include a 59.04 in the 400m, a 2:18.34 in the 800m, and a 5:28.07 in the 1600m.
Javenique McDowell was a three-time State finalist on the relay teams at North Miami Senior High School prior to joining the CSU recruiting class. The Miami, Fla. native finished ninth at the Florida State Track & Field Championships in the 800m. She was a member of the state champion 4x400m. Among her best marks include a 58.04 in the 400m, a 1:38.56 in the 600m, a 2:16.05 in the 800m, and a 5:16.65 in the 1600m.
Kaitlyn Pierce joins the Bucs from Springhill, Fla. and Nature Coast Tech where she was among the top sprinters in the state. Pierce finished second in the 200m at the FHSAA 2A Region 2 Track and Field Championships. She added a third-place finish in the 200m at the FHSAA 2A Region 7 Track and Field Championships. Among her best marks include a 12.67 in the 100m and a 25.99 in the 200m.
Georgina Russell comes to the Bucs as a graduate student following her career at High Wycombe, Great Britain and the University of Southampton. She was a British University finalist for 1500m and a Senior South of England finalist for 800m. She was also a County Champion for 800m. Among her best marks include a 2:16.29 mark in the 800m, a 4:41.27 in the 1500m, and a 10:39.52 in the 3000m.