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Carmichael 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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PENSACOLA, 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, Fla./Colonial HS).

"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 HS)

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 HS)

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 (16:28).

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 (16:34.80).

Cross Country Squad Returns to South Alabama for Azalea City Classic
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9/11/2014 10:49:00 AM
Troy, 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 Hill.

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 Schueller.

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Niceville's Davis, Ewing ink collegiate futures
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Niceville: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 07:49 PM
When asked about the last five days enjoyed by his program, Niceville’s first-year track & field coach couldn’t hide his excitement.

“It’s been an incredible week,” said LaFollette. “First the state championship in the 4-by-8, and then this.”

LaFollette was referring to Niceville’s 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 Niceville’s track team to sign a Division I scholarship this season.

“The coach at Troy showed a lot of interest, and I’ve got friends up there,” said Ewing. “I can’t say enough about my teammates at Niceville. They have been everything to me, and they’ve 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 couldn’t 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 didn’t 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.”