Courtesy of Eastern Michigan Sports Information Department
YPSILANTI, Mich. – Eastern Michigan University head coach John Goodridge announced Monday the addition of 30 newcomers to the 2012-13 men's track and field program.
“Coaches Steve Mans, Sterling Roberts and I are looking forward to welcoming thirty newcomers to campus” said Goodridge. “Each of these recruits has made it very clear to us their respect of the EMU Track & Field Tradition and their desire to be a part of this program. We are excited about the potential of this group and look forward to seeing them put on the EMU uniform for the first time.”
Included in the Eagles incoming class are three state champions from the mid-west: Jason Ervin (Farmington Hill, Mich. – Farmington H.S.) of Michigan, Stephen Lyons (New Middletown, Ohio – Springfield Local H.S.) from Ohio, and Tyler Ross (Latrobe, Pa.-Greater Latrobe Senior H.S.) of Pennsylvania.
Ervin competed in the 200M and was Michigan's indoor 400M champion, turning in a best time of 47.77 in the event. “Jason is a long sprinter who gained valuable experience this year,” Goodridge stated. “He is the Michigan Indoor 400 meter State Champion who has made very good progress from his junior season."
Lyons, the reigning Ohio DII state champion in the shot put, threw for the 12th best mark in the country his senior year, as he turned in a toss of 63'-10”. Throws coach Steve Manz said about Lyons, "Coming in with the 12th best high school shot put mark in the country, Stephen has the ability to make an impact right away. He has great athleticism and a strong desire to be at the top. We are very excited to see what he can do with a full year of training at the collegiate level."
Tyler Ross rounds out the three state champions coming to EMU, as he took first at the Pennsylvania Indoor State Championships. "Tyler won the Pennsylvania State Indoor 400 meter Championship,” Goodridge said. “He was restricted with a hamstring injury the entire outdoor season." Ross also competed in the 200 and 800 while at Latrobe.
Six other Eagles recruits placed in the top four of their respective state championships. Aaron Benton (Almont Mich.-Almont H.S) turned in a 6'-11” high jump, Scott Bradley (Battle Creek, Mich.-Lakeview) ran a 1:53.99 in the 800, hurdler Jeff Elam (Latrobe, Pa.-Greater Latrobe Senior H.S.)posted a 37.69 in the 300H, Willy Fink (Maumee, Ohio-Maumee H.S) placed third at Ohio's DI State Championship, Mason Waynes (Kenosha, Wisc.-Bradford H.S.) was the 400M state runner-up his senior year, and Zachary Waldron (Grand Rapids, Mich.-Northview H.S.) in the high jump.
Breakdown by Event:
OUT OF THE BLOCKS (Sprints):
Mike Arirguzo (West Bloomfield Mich.-West Bloomfield) comes in as a transfer from Ohio's Notre Dame College where he ran a personal best 10.99 in the 100M.
Goodridge's Take: "Mike has run the short sprints and is a candidate for our 4x100 Relay."
Wayne Blanchard (Toledo, Ohio-St. Francis De Sales H.S.) ran the indoor 60M in seven seconds flat and turned in a 10.93 in the 100M, 22.20 in the 200M.
Goodridge's Take: "Wayne runs the short sprints and is a candidate for our 4x100 Relay. He sustained an injury just before the championship meets which curtailed his season."
Jason Ervin was the indoor state champion in the 400M and ran a best 22.25 in the 200.
Matthew Williams (Moreno Valley, Cali.-Vista Del Lago H.S.) comes in as a relay team member possibility running a 21.77 in the 200 and 48.41 in the 400.
Goodridge's Take: "Mathew is a versatile sprinter who was coached by a former Olympic 800 Meter runner. He is also a candidate for both our relay teams."
OVER THE LAST SET (Hurdles)
Jeff Elam is a state qualifier in the 300H who also competed in the 100M, 200M, 400M and 60HH.
Goodridge's Take: "Jeff is an exciting recruit with potential in all the sprints, hurdles and relay events."
Bryce Lindsey (New Middletown, Ohio-Fairfield Senior H.S.) competed solely in the 110H in high school where he set the school record with a time of 14.46.
Goodridge's Take: "Bryce was a three sport athlete whose athleticism will now be devoted full time to hurdling."
Elijah Simkins (Dearborn, Mich.-Dearborn H.S.) set a personal best in the 110HH with a time of 15.22.
Goodridge's Take: "Elijah is a fine athlete joining a solid group of young hurdlers."
Rowan Shaw (Toledo, Ohio-Toledo Christian H.S.) comes in to focus on the hurdles, where he ran a 14.54 in the 110H, 38.87 in the 300H, and the long jump, having recorded a best of 22'-4”.
Goodridge's Take: "Rowan's high school did not have a track or hurdles so his potential for development is very interesting"
Tyler Wagner (Pinckney, Mich.-Pinckney Community H.S.) was a multi-sport athlete in high school who ran a 14.98 and 39.54 in the hurdle events during the outdoor season.
Goodridge's Take: "Tyler placed 7th in the State Championships and did not have an indoor season as he played basketball. A dedicated athlete he also ran cross country."
DOWN THE BACK STRETCH (Middle Distance)
Khalil Boussi (Dearborn, Mich-Dearborn H.S.) ran personal bests of 51.40 and 1:59 in the 400M and 800M respectively.
Goodridge's Take: "Khalil has a soccer background and will now devote all his efforts to running."
Scott Bradley, Michigan's state runner-up in the 800 comes to EMU to compete year round in cross country and track and field.
Goodridge's Take: "Scott was the Michigan 800 meter runnerup who battled some injuries his senior year."
Tyler Ross the indoor 400 indoor champion will look to overcome a spring injury to return to full form in the 200M, 400M and 800M.
Mason Waynes comes in as the Wisconsin state runner-up in the 400M with a time of 48.75, and also ran a personal best of 1:58 in the 800M.
Goodridge's Take: "Mason was the Wisconsin State 400 meter runnerup who made strong progress from his junior season upon concentrating more on the 400."
Jordan West (Otisville, Mich.-Lakeview Memorial H.S.) is an all-around athlete, along with running track and playing basketball for four years, played two years of soccer before joining cross country.
Goodridge's Take: "Jordan was his conference cross country champion and then played basketball."
THE BELL LAP (Long Distance)
Willy Fink, a cross country medalist will look to build on his personal bests of 1:55, 4:14 and 9:21 in the 800M, 1600M and 3200M respectively.
Goodridge's Take: "Willy placed 3rd in the Ohio Division I State Cross Country Championships and is also comfortable on the track."
Austin Lane (Greenwich, N.Y.-Greenwich Central H.S.) while looking to improve on his times on the track, he will also join the cross country squad in the fall of 2012.
Goodridge's Take: "Austin comes from a running family and small school program coached by his dad. He is well prepared to transition well to collegiate distance running."
FLYING THROUGH THE AIR (Jumps)
Braden Barnett (Greektown, Ind.-Eastern Greektown H.S.) will look to recover from an injury that benched him his senior year, and look to improve off his 6'-6” personal record.
Goodridge's Take: "Braden was injured his senior year. His PR was done as a junior."
Aaron Benton comes to EMU as a state qualifier and the top high jumper in the recruiting class with a personal best 6'-11”.
Goodridge's Take: "Aaron is a very promising athlete who has the classic high jumpers build. He also played basketball. As a full time high jumper his potential is very exciting."
Jacob Janke, (Walled Lake, Mich.-Walled Lake Western H.S.) whose personal best is 14', is one of two pole vaulters to come to EMU in 2012
Goodridge's Take: "Jacob is eager to develop and will profit from year round training."
James O'Shea (Toledo, Ohio-St. Johns Jesuit H.S.) after filtering out football and basketball following his sophomore year, O'Shea will look to make an instant impact in the high jump and long jump.
Goodridge's Take: "James is a versatile three sport athlete. We look forward to him concentrating on track and Field."
Chris Phillips (Southfield, Mich.-Southfield H.S.) comes to EMU looking to improve on his 6'4” personal best in the high jump.
Goodridge's Take: "Chris was restricted with an injury during the season but is now recovered."
Rocky Schilke (Saline, Mich.-Saline H.S.) is the top pole vaulter in the recruiting class coming in with a personal best of 14'-4”.
Goodridge's Take: "Rocky sat out the 2012 year and looks forward to beginning his collegiate career."
Zachary Waldron joins the high jump and long jump squads where he looks to have an instant impact building off his personal bests of 6'-9” and 21'-7”.
Goodridge's Take: "Zach physically matured a great deal the past year and had significant event improvement his senior track season even after having played basketball."
PUTTING MUSCLE INTO IT (Throws)
Alex Carpenter (Louisville, Ohio-St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.) threw a personal best 50'-10" his junior year in the shot.
Manz's Take: "Alex missed his senior year due to injury, but his very strong work ethic will get him far in the future."
Julius Collier (Edison, N.J.-Edison H.S.) enters EMU with a peronsal best of 167'-5" in the javelin.
Manz's Take: "The sky is the limit for Julius. With only two months of experience in the event it will be exciting to see what he can do with a full year as well as a full collegiate career."
Travis Harris (Walled Lake, Mich.-Walled Lake Central H.S.) joins EMU having recorded a 56'-4" throw in the shot, and a 167' in the discus his senior year.
Manz's Take: "I'm very eager to begin coaching Travis. He has all the necessary tools to be very good. His size, strength levels, athleticism, and most importantly his work ethic, will be instrumental in him finding success at the very top."
Anthony Jones (Sandusky, Ohio-Sandusky H.S.) comes to the Eagles with personal bests of 51'-9 1/2" in the shot and 161'-8 1/2" in the discus.
Manz's Take: "Anthony is a smaller thrower who relies on a lot of speed to throw the discus. After a year or two in the strength program he should find success in the discus, but I'm most excited to see what his future holds in the javelin."
Steve Lyons joins the Eagles as the Ohio state champion in the shot put with a mark of 63'-10" which was also among the best throws in the nation. Lyons also recorded a personal best of 174'-2" in the discus.
Ryan McNulty (Huron, Ohio-Huron H.S.) tossed a personal best of 56'-11" his senior year.
Manz's Take: "Ryan has the perfect size and levers to develop into a high-level collegiate. He should convert well to the college implements."