Huntingdon Cross Country Adds 10 Newcomers

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By Adam Bagni

MONTGOMERY, Ala. ---- Following a first season that included the men’s program capturing the Great South Athletic Conference Championship and the women’s program earning runner-up honors, the Huntingdon cross country program and head coach Nate Rucker has announced the addition of 10 newcomers who have completed their intent to enroll paperwork and have committed to run this fall for Huntingdon.

Rhett Butler (Eclectic, Ala./Elmore County HS), Ian Layne (Dothan, Ala./Reynolds HS) and Quintarious Perdue (Montgomery, Ala./Brewbaker Tech HS) for the Hawks and Hope Eakins (King George, Va.), Brianna McClure (Montgomery, Ala./Montgomery Catholic HS), Preyani Nelson (Montgomery, Ala./Alabama State Univ.), Aimee Nommenson (Reedsville, Wisc./Manitowoc Lutheran HS), Rachel Phillips (Lyndonville, N.Y./Lyndonville Central HS), Tia Scott (Bowling Green, Mo./Bowling Green HS) and Kathy Toy (Sugar Land, Texas/Kempner HS) for the Lady Hawks have each been accepted to the College and will compete for Huntingdon during the 2009 season.

"I am pleased to announce 10 new additions to our men's and women's cross country programs this fall,” Rucker said. “I am very excited about the ability, both athletically and academically, that each of them will bring to our program, as well as the depth they will provide. I feel that we can continue to build on the foundation that we started a year ago with this incoming class of young men and women."

In its inaugural season, the Lady Hawks captured three team titles, while sophomore to-be Caitlin McMahon earned both Runner and Freshman of the Year honors from the GSAC. The Hawks finished in the top-five in five of their six meets and placed a pair of runners on the GSAC All-Conference team. Rucker was also named the league’s Men’s Coach of the Year.

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