May 7, 1999
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland track coach Bill Goodman has announced the signing of 13 women to national letters of intent.
The recruiting class is one of the most decorated in school history, as eight of the eleven signees earned high school state championships and four were high school All-Americans.
The list includes five Maryland residents, one from Delaware, one from British Columbia, and two each from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Among those signed, there are six sprinters, one pole-vaulter, and two jumpers, throwers, and distance runners.
Head coach Bill Goodman on this year's recruiting class:
"I believe we can be looked at as one of the top teams in the ACC as far as the recruiting class that we have. I told (assistant coach and recruiting coordinator Donald Thomas) to think big and recruit like a big-time recruiter, and that's what he ended up doing.
We were concerned about replacing people who were leaving like Nikki Webster, Tesheya Hoist, and Dessalyn (Jolley). I think we were able to do that and even go beyond that in terms of the people we have.
We have four jumpers coming in who (jump) over 19 feet or right around 19 feet. We have two excellent throwers, we have several quarter-milers, and we have some sprinters who can run the quarter mile. We also got a distance runner from Canada and another one from Pennsylvania, as well as two really special girls from Baltimore.
We feel very good about it; we feel very fortunate and we're looking forward to working with them."
1999 Recruiting Class:
Tia Burley: Western HS - Baltimore, Md. 1998 4A State Champion in 4x400 relay (indoor and outdoor) ... All-State performer...
PB: 400 - 55.29
Punnie Chittchang: South Carroll HS - Sykesville, Md. 1998 3A long jump
and triple jump state champion ... 1998 AAU national champion in the triple
jump ... 1999 Penn Relays long jump runner-up ... All-State performer...
PB: long jump - 19-11 triple jump - 40-6
Natalie Dye: Middletown HS - Middletown, Md. Two-time 2A state champion in the pole vault ... high school All-American ... All-State performer...
PB: pole vault - 10-4
Devenn and Dionne Hamilton: Bethel HS - Hampton, Va. Helped team win 1998 AAA Virginia State Championship ... both are high school All-Americans ... ran on 1999 4x200 and 4x400 AAA indoor state champion relay teams ... also both relays were nationally ranked this indoor season ... helped 4x400 relay team to a second-place finish at 1999 Penn Relays...
Devenn's PB: 400 - 56.55 500 - 1:14.75 (#3 USA indoor)
Dionne's PB: 400 - 56.7 500 - 1:15.93 (#5 USA indoor)
Lynn Harris: Christiana HS - Newark, Del. 1999 Delaware State Champion in the long jump and 55 meters ... high school All-American ... state record-holder in the long jump ... third place in the long jump at the 1999 Penn Relays...
PB: long jump - 19-10 _ 55 - 7.29 100 - 12.0 400 - 56.8
Labelle Hillgrove: Passaic HS - Passaic, N.J. 1998 Group 4 state champion in the shot put
PB: shot put - 43-2 discus - 134-1
Heather Houston: Friendly HS - Fort Washington, Md. 1998 Prince George's county champion in the long jump ... All-State performer...
PB: long jump - 18-11 100 - 12.2 200 - 25.2
Toni Jefferson: Western HS - Baltimore, Md. 1998 4A state champion in the long jump and the 4x400 relay (indoor and outdoor) ... All-State performer...
PB: long jump - 19-3 100 - 11.8 200 - 24.53
Kristin Lubas: Central York HS - York, Pa. Finished seventh in mile at 1998 Pennsylvania AAA state meet...
PB: mile - 5:07
Elizabeth Ramage: Mount Douglas secondary school - Victoria, British Columbia Canada
Finished fourth at the British Columbia cross country championships with the time of 17:47
Angelina Rosamilia: Parsippany Hills HS - Parsippany, N.J. 1998 Group 3 state champion in the discus
PB: shot put - 42-5 _ discus - 135-0 javelin - 123-1
Rashida Twiggs: Bishop McDevitt HS - Wyncote, Pa. 1999 Pennsylvania state champion in the 55 meters
PB: 55 - 7.08 60 - 7.64 100 - 11.8