Jonesboro (KAIT) – With the 2010 indoor track season winding down, ASU track and field coach Lon Badeaux has already looked towards 2011. He has signed 10 new Red Wolves to the roster for next season.
Of the 10 student-athletes six will be joining the women's team and four will be added to the men's roster.
Kristina Aubert, a distance runner from Crystal Lake, Illinois has personal bests of 4:59 in the mile, 10:51 in the two-mile and 17:21 in cross country (three-miles). She won the 2007 state championship in the two mile run at Crystal Lake High School. She was the state runner-up in the two mile in 2008 and finished in seventh place at the 2009 Illinois State Division I cross country meet.
"Kristina has had a very decorated high school career in the highest competitive division in Illinois Cross Country and Track and Field," said Badeaux. "She had some injuries that slowed her down her junior year of track, but looks to be healthy for her senior year. She has the potential to become one of the best distance runners ever at ASU and should be a perfect complement to our quickly improving distance crew."
Kim Ludick is a multi athlete coming to ASU from Pretoria, South Africa. She holds personal records of 4,451 points in the heptathlon and a PR I the javelin at 43.60 meters. She was the no. 1 rated junior heptathlete in South Africa during 2008.
"Kim is a very good athlete and has high potential of doing very special things in the heptathlon. She was the top rated junior heptathlete in 2008 with very little coaching. Should have an immediate impact in the conference in the heptathlon and javelin which is her best event."
Emily Carroll is another talented distance runner coming to ASU from Melborne High School in Melborne, Ark. She holds a personal best of 19:28 in the 5K and captured the Class A Arkansas State Championship in Cross Country last season.
"Emily adds quality depth to our distance crew. She is the only runner on her high school team and should really excel in college with a team of runners to push her. "
Jessica Otto is a multi athlete and high jumper who owns personal bests at Mansfield High School in Booneville, Ark. of 5-5 in the high jump and 15.20 in the hurdles. Otto won the 2009 Arkansas State Indoor High Jump State Championship and was a two-time Arkansas Outdoor Champion in the high jump and a two-time state champion in the 60-meter hurdles.
"Jessica will help the team out in the high jump and should develop into a quality heptathlete."
Kelsea Bean and Bailey Sisson round out the class on the women's side. Bean comes to ASU from Hot Springs High School in Hot Springs, Ark. while Sisson comes to ASU from Vilonia High School in Vilonia, Ark.
"We look for Kelsea and Bailey to add depth to our distance group."
On the men's side ASU added three field athletes and a distance runner.
Thomas Ligon is a multi athlete who joins the Red Wolves from Ozark High School in Ozark, Mo. He owns personal records of 53-0 in the shot put, 163-0 in the discus, 47-5 in the triple jump and 22-0 in the long jump.
"Thomas is a big athlete who can do a can do a number of things well. He is a good jumper and thrower as well as ran on the Ozark 4x400m team. He will train mainly as a decathlete at ASU, but should add some depth as a thrower and triple jump also."
Christopher Nicasio is a discus thrower who comes to ASU from Louis Brandeis High School in San Antonio, Texas. Nicasio placed seventh at the Texas 5A State Championship last season.
"Part of our goal this year in recruiting was to replace Seniors Jesse Williams and Bryant Hankton. Christopher should help fill that void. He is a young discus thrower who will only get better with time and experience."
Ethan Sandusky is a pole vaulter from nearby Bentonville High School in Bentonville, Ark. owning a personal best of 15-7 in the event. Sandusky will be the latest addition to the Red Wolves long tradition of successful pole vaulters.
"Ethan is a technically very good pole vaulter. He will really benefit from a speed and strength program. We look for him to help fill the void left by our two senior pole vaulters."
Rounding out the 2010 signing class to this point is Richard Williams, a distance runner coming to ASU from Lake Hamilton High School in Hot Springs, Ark.
"We look for Richard to add depth to our distance group."
Next up for the Red Wolves is the Sun Belt Indoor Conference Championships February 27th-28th in Murfeesboro, TN.