Track & Field Adds Eight to Signing Class
July 10, 2018
FORT WORTH, Texas - After signing six in the fall, TCU track and field added eight more athletes to its 2018 signing class. The group as a whole consists of high profile transfers, state champions, and several state record holders.
Lily Beckford (Sprints - London - Brunel University)
Beckford comes to TCU as a transfer from Brunel University in London. A former member of the British Junior team, Beckford brings competitive marks in the 200m, 400m, and 800m. She ran a life-time best last month at the United Kingdom Women's League Division 1 meet in the 200m, finishing in 24.38. She has also run sub-54 in the 400m, bringing a personal-best time of 53.50. In the 800m, Beckford has a lifetime-best mark of 2:09.55.
"She'll bring some experience and international savvy," head coach Darryl Anderson said. "Based on the international kids we've had before, she'll give us leadership and be an example for the younger athletes on the team."
TJ Brock (Sprints - Chatsworth, Calif. - USC)
Brock comes to TCU as a transfer from USC, where he has competed on the national level for the last two seasons. As a Trojan, Brock has made appearances at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and was a member of the 4x100 relay that won the Pac-12 Championship. At the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Brock ran a personal-best 10.13 in the 100m. He also ran 10.19 at the West Region Preliminary Round and finished third at the Pac-12 Championship with a time of 10.21. Brock graduated in 2016 from Chaminade College Prep where he was a two-time California state champion in the 100m. He won the 100m at the 2016 CIF State Championships with a time of 10.43 and in 2015 with a wind-legal best time of 10.34. He ran a wind-aided 10.20 at the 2015 Mt. SAC Relays, second-fastest 100m time by a California high schooler. He also ran 20.78 during his high school career.
"We're excited to have him," Anderson said. "He gives us another legitimate NCAA level guy. He has potential to be a next level guy and run internationally.
Sean Byrne (Distance - Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. - Santa Margarita Catholic HS)
Bryne comes to TCU as a distance runner with success at the California state level. In cross country, Byrne brings a 3-mile mark of 14:42.40 and a 5000m time of 16:02.70. During his senior track season, Byrne reached the CIF Southern Section finals in the 1600m and 3200m where he recorded his personal-bests in both events. He finished second in both with marks of 4:13.55 and 9:08.80 respectively. He advanced to the CIF Southern Section Masters meet in the 1600m, where he finished eighth in 4:14.22.
Asiah Fields (Sprints -- Peoria, Ariz. - Liberty HS)
Fields comes to TCU as a highly decorated Arizona high school sprinter from Liberty High School in Peoria, Ariz. As a senior, Fields won two AIA state titles, winning the 400m and contributing to her high school's 4x100 relay victory. She was also runner-up as a member of Liberty's 4x400 relay and finished fifth in the 200m. Fields brings lifetime bests of 54.59 in the 400m and 24.72 in the 200m.
"Asiah has been good for a couple of years now in Arizona and we're excited to have her join the team," Anderson said. "She'll give us depth in the 400 and in the 600 for indoors. She gives us a more competitive group in the 4x400. That's an event we really want to do well in and we struggled last year. We wanted to add girls that would make it a national level relay team."
Brooklin Klopf (Throws - Montrose, Mich. - CMU)
Klopf comes to TCU as a transfer after one year at Central Michigan University, where she was MAC All-Conference for the indoor shot put. At the MAC Indoor Championships, Klopf threw a personal-best 14.83m and finished sixth. She was a two-time Michigan state champion in the shot put (2016, 2017) and was runner-up in the discus at the 2017 MHSAA State Finals. holds Montrose school records in the shot put and the discus.
"She's a really good young thrower," Anderson said. "We want to be more diverse on the women's side and we needed to add someone in that area. It just so happened that she was looking for a school and there was a good connection between Coach Kenneson and her. We think with her size and her movement skills that she can be a 50-plus thrower pretty quick."
Tysen Townsend (Pole Vault - Spring, Texas - Klein Oak)
Townsend comes to TCU from Spring, Texas, and will join the team's pole vault group. She set her personal-best as a senior, reaching 12'6". Townsend finished top five at the regional meet, was second in her district, and was the sixth ranked senior pole vaulter in Texas.
"We think she can be a developmental athlete in the pole vault," Anderson said. "We see her elevating and becoming a 13-plus pole vaulter."
Jordan Williams (Throws - Fresno, Calif. - Clovis North)
Williams comes to TCU from Fresno, Calif., where she was a California State finalist in the shot put. After setting a personal-best of 42'3" in the State Prelims, Williams advanced to the finals where she finished ninth.
"She's a developmental shot put girl," Anderson said. "We think she can develop into something pretty special starting at the Big 12 level and she'll be a great training partner with Brooklyn."
Teleda Williams (Sprints - Las Vegas, Nev. - Rancho)
Williams comes to TCU from Las Vegas, Nev., where she was an all-state and nationally competitive sprinter. As a senior, she was named to the Nevada All-State First-Team after winning four state titles and setting records in all four events. Individually, she won the 100m and 200m, running meet-record times of 11.90 and 23.85 respectively. Rancho's 4x100 relay set an all-time state record of 45.81 and won the 4x400 with a stadium record of 3:48.85. Williams and the 4x100 also won the Penn Relays earlier in the season.
"Having already run under 24 seconds and coming from such a highly ranked sprinting high school, we feel she can really help our sprints immediately," Anderson said. "When you look at our class, we added a lot more speed. We wanted girls that have good foot speed and having run under 24 seconds in high school gives us that. We think Teleda will help immediately, not just in the 100 and 200, but both relays as well."
Fall Signee Update
Six athletes signed with TCU in the fall during the early signing period and below is what they accomplished during their senior track seasons.
Rainey Anderson (Hurdles -- Atlanta, Ga. -- Westlake HS)
After finishing second in the 110 hurdles at the Georgia State Championship meet as a junior, Anderson added another state silver medal in the spring and finished second as a senior. He also finished fifth at the state meet in the 300 hurdles.
Kiana Banks (Sprints -- Atlanta, Ga. -- Spalding HS)
After winning a state title in the 400m during her junior year, Banks added a pair of titles during her senior year. She won her second consecutive 400m title with a mark of 55.11 and added a title in the 200m with a personal-best mark of 24.37. Earlier in the season, she recorded a personal best in the 100m, finishing in 12.43.
Glenn Bender (Sprints -- Allen, Texas -- Allen HS)
Bender closed out his senior season with district titles in the 200m (21.48) and 400m (48.42), followed by a regional title in the 400m (47.53). At the UIL Track and Field Championship, Bender ran 47.73 and finished fifth. During the indoor season, he ran at the Texas Tech Under Armour High School Classic where he set an indoor personal-best in the 200m with a 21.66 mark.
Mariah Castillo (Distance -- Santa Clarita, Calif. -- Saugus HS)
Castillo made significant strides during her senior season, setting personal-bests in four events: 800m, 1600m, mile, and 3200m. She reached the California State Championships in the 1600m, where she ran 4:49.34 and finished seventh. At the Mt. SAC Relays, she ran her personal best 4:43.69 and finished first. In the 3200m, she ran 10:06.47 at the Southern Section Division finals and finished first. She also won the Masters Meet to advance to the California State Championships where she finished 12th. In the 800m, she improved her mark to 2:10.70, while lowering her mile time to 4:41.40.
Remington (Cole) Crossnoe (Hurdles -- Lubbock, Texas -- Bushland HS)
After winning the Texas 4A state title in the 300 hurdles as a junior, Crossnoe did not compete most of his senior year. He brings in marks of 14.04 and 37.35 in the 110 and 300 hurdles.
Blake Hennesay (Sprints/Hurdles -- Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. -- Santa Margarita HS)
Hennesay reached the California State Championship meet in the 100m. Leading up to the meet, he finished third at the California Masters Meet with a time of 10.69. He ran a season-best time of 10.57 at the California Southern Section Division finals and finished first. In the 300 hurdles, Hennesay reached the Masters Meet where he finished third with a mark of 37.70.
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