ROME--The Shorter Track and Field and Cross Country program announced Tuesday afternoon the signing of four additional men for the 2013-14 season. The three individuals will add on to an already impressive class, and will look to add depth in the sprints and distance areas, as well as the jumps.
“I think we have four quality young men joining the team in the fall,” said Rochelle Black, Shorter's assistant head coach and recruiting coordinator.
“They’ll bring something new, as all are from different event disciplines," the coach added. "They’re going to continue to develop into high caliber collegiate student-athletes”
Matthew Intili (Pole Vault); Dacula, Georgia/Dacula HS
Matthew Intili will look to develop at Shorter with new teammate Stefanos Koufidis. Although new to the event Intili comes in with an impressive 13 foot personal best, and will surely reach higher heights on the hill.
“I think what we’ll see most out of Matt will be his knowledge of the vault,” commented Coach Black. “It’s a very technical event, and he’ll have to learn a lot. I think he’ll adjust fine to the college regimen, and having Stefanos as a training buddy can’t be that bad.”
Cody Moore (Distance); Huntsville, Alabama/Grissom HS
Cody Moore will arrive on the hill as a sought after addition to the distance group. An Alabama product, Moore will look to work under Coach Martin Hernandez, who last year guided Daniel Sorenson to a first place finish at the Gulf South Conference Cross Country Championships.
“I’m excited about Cody joining the team,” commented Hernandez. “Coach Saint told me about him, and I knew we had to bring him in. He’ll definitely improve our team when we to get to cross country season.”
Treshunn Miliner (Sprints); Gadsden, Alabama/Gadsden HS
Miliner leaves nearby Gadsden to join a very potent sprint group at Shorter. With the graduation of Allen Huntley, Miliner looks to add his name to the all-time list at Shorter, as he comes in as the #3 ranked senior sprinter in Alabama with a personal best of 10.67 seconds.
“Treshunn gives our team a surplus of quality sprinters,” says Black. “Practices are going to be fast and competitive, especially when you consider the 4x1 for next year. If Treshunn comes in and does what we think he’s capable of, we’ll be talking about him quite often in the future.”
Jonathan Willman (Jumps); Tunnel Hill, Georgia/Northwest Whitfield HS
Jonathan Willman is a relative unknown on the jumps scene. However, he looks to make an immediate impact as the Hawks’ newest jumper. A 23 foot long jumper, Willman signs fresh off his fifth place finish at the Georgia Olympics.
“Raw and unpolished doesn’t begin to explain Jonathan’s abilities,” explained Black. “Coach Saint will have a very quick jumper who is very young in his training age. We may have found our first D2 national contender with him.”
“We’ve continued to bring in great young men this upcoming season,” said Shorter Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Scott Byrd. Our staff has done a great job identifying talent across the country. They’ve brought in undoubtedly some of the best incoming freshmen in the program’s history. Our move to the NCAA will be a successful one if we continue to bring in exceptional young men such as these four.