Track & Field Signs Six for 2018
Nov. 16, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The TCU track and field program announced the signings of Rainey Anderson, Glenn Bender, Remington "Cole" Crossnoe, Blake Hennesay, Kiana Banks, and Mariah Castillo to national letters of intent during the NCAA's early signing period.
"On the men's side, we wanted to add hurdlers," head coach and track and field director Darryl Anderson said. "We feel we have a great hurdles coach in Kevin Henderson, and we haven't had a male hurdler since Lavon Collins and Jordan Moore. On the women's side, we added two girls who have the potential to develop into conference and national level competitors."
Rainey Anderson (Hurdles -- Atlanta, Ga. -- Westlake HS)
"We wanted to get male hurdlers that can compete at the conference and NCAA level," Anderson said. "Rainey, a Georgia kid, ran a 13.68 110 as a sophomore, and ran a 13.92 last year when he was injured. He runs 37.84 in 300 hurdles as well."
Glenn Bender (Sprints -- Allen, Texas -- Allen HS)
"We think he's going to have a big year this year," Anderson said. "We really evaluated him highly and we feel like he can come in and be really good. We anticipate that he's going to have a great senior year."
Remington (Cole) Crossnoe (Hurdles -- Lubbock, Texas -- Bushland HS)
"We added Cole, a Texas state champion, who has great size," Anderson said. "We feel that he can do really well for us."
Blake Hennesay (Sprints/Hurdles -- Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. -- Santa Margarita HS)
"Blake is unique in that he does the 300 hurdles and 100," Anderson said. "He's made to the California state final in both events and will be a guy who can do a lot of different things for us.
Kiana Banks (Sprints -- Atlanta, Ga. -- Spalding HS)
"Kiana, a state champion out of Georgia, is a quarter-miler with good foot speed and great size," Anderson said "We feel she can develop into a conference and national level competitor."
Mariah Castillo (Distance -- Santa Clarita, Calif. -- Saugus HS)
"Mariah is a distance girl with good foot speed and can run the 800 and up," Anderson said. "She's done really well in California track and cross country. We feel that she will come in and help us immediately and be able to develop into a conference and national level competitor between the mile and the 5K."
"One the things we think about when we evaluate kids is what level of competition have they been in," Anderson said. "All of these kids have competed at the highest level. You talk about state meets in Georgia, Texas, and California, and those are three of the best track states in the country. We've also done more than just look at times. These six kids understand they're coming to a place that's competitive on the track and in the classroom. They understand they have a chance to develop and work hard and are great kids."
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