MISENHEIMER, N.C. – On November 6, 2013, Pfeiffer’s Athletic Director Bob Reasso announced the addition of a Men’s and Women’s Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field program which would begin competition in the 2014-15 season. A little over a month later, Reasso hired Chris Wood to oversee the Cross Country and Track and Field programs. Now, with less than three months remaining until the opening of the Indoor season, Wood has announced a tremendous first recruiting class.
Men’s Track and Field
The 2014-15 men’s class is highlighted by six individuals:
Matthew Chavers was a 3A Virginia State Champion in Discus during the 2014 season and was a state meet record holder. Chavers was also a 2014 New Balance Nationals competitor in discus.
Chris Gilles was also a 2014 3A Virginia State Champion competing in the high jump. Gilles will also compete in the long jump and short sprints at Pfeiffer.
Alex Turner was a finalist in the 3A Virginia State Championships in the 1600-meter. Turner placed 10th overall at the 2013 Virginia Cross Country State Championship and broke 16:00 at the Footlocker Regional.
Brandon Boyd was a multiple time Footlocker Southeast competitor and standout in the 800-meter at Western Branch HS. Brandon was also part of an outstanding 4x800-meter relay team that recently competed at the New Balance Nationals.
Kennard Massie was a standout hurdler in the 6A division in Virginia and will run cross country in the fall and work on becoming a premier 400-meter hurdler in the conference.
Christian Ray was an NC State competitor in the 4x800 and also competed in the New Balance Nationals in that event.
Women’s Track and Field
Six strong individuals also highlight the women’s class:
Jayde Kemp is from Western Branch HS and is the most versatile runner on the women’s roster. Kemp has had success in the 100-meter all the way up to 5k. Jayde is going to spend the next four years perfecting seven events for the heptathlon.
Leah MacAulay comes to Pfeiffer with a 2:17 time in the 800-meter and should be a force in the Conference Cross Country Championships this fall and will compete in mid-distances during the outdoor season.
ChyAnn Ketchum will help form a very strong core of throwers. Ketchum has been a consistent state placer in the shot put and has won 12 invitationals during her high school career.
Jessica Asbury is a transfer from Butte College in California. She will be adding on to her impressive javelin throw this spring and will make an impact on the conference, and possibly national, level.
Jazmine Miller is also a transfer, coming to Misenheimer from Highland Community College in Kansas. Last spring, Miller competed in the NJCAA National Meet in Arizona in the 100-meter hurdles.
Samantha Smith is the third recruit from Patrick County HS. Sam will be a very strong cross country and mid-distance runner for the Falcons and has experience at the state level in both the 400 and 800 meters.
These 12 athletes join the first recruits in school history, Josh Fuqua on the men’s side and Kylie Spencer on the women’s side, to form a solid core of athletes as the program begins its rise in Conference Carolinas and the NCAA. The first Indoor meet is scheduled for December 6th, while the Outdoor season kicks off on March 6-7.