CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Mount Mercy Head Cross Country and Assistant Track & Field Coach Ryan Scheckel has announced the signings of six future Mustangs to the 2013-14 recruiting class.
Evan Bowman, from Bakersfield, Calif., joins Mount Mercy after a four-year career at Bakersfield High School. His prep coach was Steve Anderson, a 2006 Mount Mercy graduate. Bowman has run 9:56 in the 3,200 meters and 15:41 for a 5K. Said Coach Scheckel, "We are excited to add someone with Evan's ability and passion for distance running. He will make an immediate impact for us."
Katie Hoffert will be a Mustang after a prep career at Hall High School. The Hollowayville, Ill., native is the 2013-14 recipient of Mount Mercy's Holland Presidential Scholarship. Competing among several incoming and potential freshmen, Hoffert earned a full scholarship. She holds a three-mile personal best of 20:04. "In addition to her running, Katie brings experience in a mixture of events and will also compete in the high jump and triple jump for us," said Coach Scheckel.
Mount Vernon's Devin Stone ran for 2008 Mount Mercy alum Matt Hilby at Cedar Rapids Jefferson and holds a personal best of 17:18 in the 5K. "I believe Devin has untapped potential," Coach Scheckel said. "Coaches Tower and Hilby have spoken very highly of him. He's coachable and wants to improve."
West Union native Kelsey Feldman is a four-time state qualifier in cross country for North Fayette High School and will also play basketball for the Mustangs. She holds a personal best of 15:27 in the 4K. In 2012, Feldman placed 26th at the state meet with a time of 15:57. Said Coach Scheckel, "Her athletic ability and experience will be a great asset for our squad."
Eric Hansen, from Clarence, brings four years of experience and a personal best of 19:51 in the 5K at North Cedar High School. "Eric has battled and overcome some tough personal battles," said Coach Scheckel. "I could not be happier to add someone with his resilience and courage to our team. Part of me believes that the entire team, coaches and teammates alike, will learn from him."
Benton Community prep Tyler Steele, from Keystone, is a four-time state qualifier in cross country. He holds a personal best of 16:25 in the 5K. In 2012, Steele placed 22nd at the state meet with a time of 16:35. "Tyler has been very dedicated and involved as a student-athlete at Benton Community and we are anxious to see how he transfers that dedication and excitement to our atmosphere on the hill," said Coach Scheckel.