Lee University releases 2013-14 track recruits
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Lee University men’s cross country and track coach Caleb Morgan has released info on his 2013-14 recruiting class. The five student-athletes are Patrick Shultz (Cleveland), Seth Ruhling (Collegedale), Keenen Hindes (Arnold, Mo.), Austin Schetrompf (Williamsport, Md.), and Blake Smith (Fullerton, Calif.).

Shultz is a graduate of Walker Valley High School where he was an all-state performer his freshman year in the 4x800 relay.

“Patrick is one of the most talented athletes we have ever signed,” said Morgan. “I coached him his sophomore and junior years of high school and I look forward to working with him again. He is the fastest two-miler out of high school we have ever signed. His strength at the longer distances will have an immediate impact on our team.”

Ruhling helped Collegedale Academy win its fifth straight TSSAA cross country title in 2010. He was the runner-up at the 2012 TSSAA Region 3 Cross Country Meet, winner of the Karen Lawrence 4-mile race and winner of the sub-sectional 3,200-meter and 1,600-meter races.

Morgan said, “Seth is the ideal athlete we like to recruit. He has an incredible work ethic and will do anything you ask him to.”

Hindes was all-state in the 4x800 meter relay his sophomore, junior and senior years at Fox Senior High School. He posted a 4x800 split of 1.57 and a 4x1600 split of 4.37.

According to Morgan, “Keenen has great speed. We are looking for him to be a big part of our 4x800 meter and distance medley relay teams this track season. His high school 4x800 relay team was one of the top in the nation last year, so he has a lot of experience running on fast relay teams.”

Schetrompf earned All-MVAL, all-county, all-region and all-state honors at Williamsport High School. He posted personal bests of 4.56.70 in the 1,600-meter, 10:28.11 in the 3,200-meter and 16:26.3 in the 5K.

Morgan stated that “Austin is a great runner with a lot of potential. He was injured his senior year, but with a semester of healthy running we look for him to do very well in the spring.”

Smith is a graduate of Troy High School where he was a four-year member of the varsity cross country team and a three-year member of the varsity track team.

“Blake comes from a very competitive region of the U.S.,” said Morgan. “He has run against some the nation’s best athletes and his experience in bigger races is going to help us out. Blake has one of the faster 5K times (16:24) of any athlete we have recruited out of high school.”