adds five to the UWF men's cross country roster
Five Florida high school graduates will
round out the Argonauts roster this fall
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Fla. University of West Florida cross country coach Caleb
Carmichael has announced the addition of two transfers and three
incoming freshman to the men's cross country roster this fall.
The five newcomers all attended high schools in the state of Florida
and make up UWF roster that now boasts 10 out of 11 student-athletes
that are Florida natives.
"One of my focuses every year is to recruit the state of
Florida," Carmichael said. "While we look to get the
best runners we can no matter where they are from, as of late
we have had a lot of success recruiting out of the state of Florida."
The new additions include transfers Joel Chairez (LaBelle, Fla./Southern
Wesleyan University) and Caden Ewing
(Shalimar, Fla./Troy University) along with incoming
freshmen Brandon Battle (Jacksonville, Fla./Stanton College Preparatory),
Micah Kemp (Jay, Fla./Jay HS) and Zachary Riegelmayer (Orlando,
"Joel (Chairez) and Caden (Ewing)
add some experience to our squad since they have already had some
familiarity running at the collegiate level," Carmichael
said. "Our incoming freshmen will all some depth to our roster
this fall. Brandon (Battle), Micah (Kemp) and Zachary (Riegelmayer)
have all had success in meets across the state and regionally
and we are hoping they will help bolster our lineup this fall."
UWF finished third at last year's Gulf South Conference Championship
and return 2014 All-GSC First Team selection Nick Merrett (Christchurch,
New Zealand) to this year's squad. West Florida will open up the
2015 season at the Brooks Memphis Twilight Classic in Memphis,
Tennessee on Saturday, September 5.
UWF Men's Cross Country Newcomers
Brandon Battle - Jacksonville, Fla. (Stanton College Preparatory)
Battle was the Stanton College Prepatory team captain in cross
country and track and field during the 2014-15 season. He was
named most valuable player for his high school team his junior
and senior seasons and set personal records in the 1600-meters
(4:35), 3200-meters (10:11) and 5,000-meters (16:18).
Joel Chairez - LaBelle, Fla. (Southern Wesleyan University/LaBelle
Chairez redshirted last season while attending Southern Wesleyan
University. At Labelle High School, he competed in cross country
and track and field and set personal records for track in 800-meters
(2:06), 1600-meters (4:39.23) and 3200-meters (9:53.01). He also
set a personal record in the 5,000-meters (16:31) in cross country.
Caden Ewing - Shalimar, Fla. (Troy University/Niceville
Ewing competed in three meets for Troy University during the 2014
season. At Niceville High School, he competed in cross country
and track and field. As a senior at Niceville HS he set personal
records in the 800-meters (1:59), 1600-meters (4:27) and 5,000-meters
Micah Kemp - Jay, Fla. (Jay HS)
Kemp set the cross country school record for the 5000-meters (16:16.31)
while attending Jay High School. He was a member of the cross
country district champions in 2013 and 2014 and regional champions
in 2014. He set personal records in the 800-meters (2.09), 3200-meters
(10:20) and a school record in the 1600-meters (4:34) for the
Jay HS track and field team and was a district champion in 2015
in the 1600-meters.
Zachary Riegelmayer - Orlando, Fla. (Colonial HS)
Riegelmayer was a member of the Colonial High School cross country
team that won the state championship in 2012. He set personal
records in 800-meters (1:56.99), 1600-meters (4:33.87) and 5,000-meters
9/11/2014 10:49:00 AM
Ala.- The Troy University cross country team hits the road this
weekend as they travel to South Alabama to compete at the Azalea
City Classic at Mobile County Fairgrounds on Friday. The women's
6k race is set to begin at 5:15 p.m., while the men's 8k will
begin at 6 p.m.
"A few of our top runners are sitting out this week,"
head coach Elliott Blount said. "We have really been training
well over the past two weeks. I'm really looking forward to seeing
how these athletes compete this week. We are hoping some of those
competing take that next step up in an effort to make the conference
team at the end of the year."
The Trojans will be facing South Alabama and in-state rival UAB,
as well as, conferences foes UL Lafayette and ULM. Other teams
at the Classic will be West Florida, Mobile, New Orleans and Spring
On the women's side, Kristina Bokenfohr, Rae Leach, Stephanie
Newman, Julia Ostendorf, Tabitha Parker, Alyssa Staubach and Keaton
Wallace are set to compete.
Competing for the men will be Tim Bulger, Dominic Dudai, Caden
Ewing, Bairon Fransisco, Joe Giese, Sean Kent and Eric
Fans can keep up with all the action by following Troy track and
field/cross country on Twitter at @TroyTrojanXC_TF .
For more information on all of Troy Athletics, fans can find the
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Davis, Ewing ink collegiate futures
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DEVON RAVINE / Daily News
By BRANDON WALKER / Daily News
Niceville: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
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asked about the last five days enjoyed by his program, Nicevilles
first-year track & field coach couldnt hide his excitement.
Its been an incredible week, said LaFollette.
First the state championship in the 4-by-8, and then this.
LaFollette was referring to Nicevilles recent state championship
in the 4x800-meter relay and to the fact that two more Eagle distance
runners signed on Wednesday to continue their running careers
at the collegiate level.
Tripp Davis, a member of the winning relay team, signed to run
at The Citadel while Caden Ewing, a multi-purpose runner who served
as an alternate at state, signed with Troy.
These two guys work really hard, said LaFollette.
Both have dropped about nine, 10 seconds off their time,
and both are just great kids.
Ewing, who ran everything from 400-meters to the two-mile run
for Niceville this season, will continue his running at Troy,
becoming the third member of Nicevilles track team to sign
a Division I scholarship this season.
The coach at Troy showed a lot of interest, and Ive
got friends up there, said Ewing. I cant say
enough about my teammates at Niceville. They have been everything
to me, and theyve helped me feel like I belong.
Ewing, an alternate on the championship relay team, filled in
for an injured Davis at regionals and helped the team continue
its winning ways.
Davis, meanwhile, finished off his prep career with the state
title win, and then signed his scholarship papers four days later.
It has been a fantastic end to my senior year, said
Davis. I couldnt ask for a better way to go out.
Originally from South Carolina, Davis will return to the Palmetto
State for college at The Citadel, where hopes to launch a career
in the military.
I decided a year ago that I didnt want a traditional
college experience, I wanted a military education, said
Davis. So when The Citadel offered a scholarship to keep
running, it was an easy decision.