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)
Anderson comes to TCU from Westlake High School, where he played a key role in his team's state championship win during his junior year. At the Georgia state championship, Anderson finished second behind teammate Cameron Murray in the 110 hurdles. The Atlanta-native brings a 13.68 110 hurdle and 37.84 300 hurdle mark to TCU.

"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)
Bender comes to TCU from Allen HS, where he has competed at the state and national level. As a member of Allen's 4X100, Bender finished fifth at the Texas state meet. Bender has qualified for the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in the 4X400, 4X100, 400m, and 200m, where he finished first, sixth, fourth, and second respectively. At the Texas Meet of Champions, Bender ran a personal best 21.27 mark in the 200m, leading to first place. He also brings a 47.22 400m mark to TCU.

 

 

"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)
Crossnoe comes to TCU from Bushland HS, where he has been a highly decorated hurdler. During his junior outdoor season, he won the Texas 4A state championship in the 300 hurdles, finished third in the 110 hurdles, and won the 110 hurdles at the Texas Relays. At the end of his junior year, Amarillo Globe News named Crossnoe the Track Athlete of the Year. As a sophomore, Crossnoe took home two silver medals from the Texas state championship meet in the 300 and 110 hurdles. He brings in marks of 14.04 and 37.35 in the 110 and 300 hurdles.

"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)
Hennesay comes to TCU from Southern California as a two-time state championship finalist, once in the 100m and once in the 300 hurdles. Last season was his first running the 300 hurdles and brings a 36.95 mark to TCU. In the 100m, he picked up nine individual wins last season and brings a 10.54 mark.

"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)
Banks, another Georgia product, comes to TCU from Spalding HS, where she has won her fair share of state medals. During her junior year, Banks ran a 54.23 mark in the 400m, her personal best and won the Georgia state title. Banks also ran a personal best 24.39 mark in the 200m. During her sophomore year, she medaled in three events at the Georgia state meet: the 400m, 4X400 relay, and 4X100 relay.

"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)
Castillo comes to TCU from southern California, where she has enjoyed success both in cross country and track. During her senior year, she won her conference cross country title with a mark of 16:56.9 (3 miles), nearly 40 seconds ahead of the runner-up. As a junior, Castillo finished fifth at the California state championship and brings a 17:33.07 5,000m mark. In track, she runs the 800m, mile, and 3,200m bringing in marks of 2:14.31, 4:52.88, and 10:36.79.

"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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