Track & Field And Cross Country Signs Six More Female Recruits To Class Of 2011

May 23, 2007

Six more outstanding female recruits will join the cross country and track & field program squads in the fall, announced Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field Edrick Floreal. Madeline Duhon, Alexandra Gits, Stephanie Marcy, Sabrina Nettey, Elizabeth Minoofar and Anna Schuessler will join Natasha Barthel, Brittni Dixon-Smith, Shataya Hendricks, Arantxa King, Whitney Liehr, Ashley Menzies and Alexis Spiranac, making up one of the top recruiting classes in the country.

'This is the strongest group and most well rounded group of women we have ever signed,' stated Floreal. The entire staff, along with the team, is very excited about their arrival and potential contributions.'

Madeline Duhon
Duhon, a U.S. citizen currently living in The Netherlands, is an outstanding distance runner and was named the Most Valuable Member of the Under 19 Dutch National Champions Club Team each of the past 3 years. With a limited competition season, Duhon has run times equal to those of the top high school runners in the U.S. She shows unique potential for the U.S. collegiate system and will be an outstanding addition to the cardinal women's squad.

'Maddie is an exciting incoming freshman who will shine in both the middle distances and cross country.'

Alexandra Gits
Gits, from Edina High School in Edina, MN, is one of the most exciting high school recruits in the nation. Recently converting from soccer, Gits' first time running cross country was in the fall of 2006. In her first season, she surprised the state, winning all but one race and setting a course record at the Lakeville meet. She then finished first at the Minnesota State Meet, winning with a ten second margin of victory. Gits' success continued as she finished 4th at the Footlocker Midwest Regional, qualifying for the footlocker championships. Gits ended the season as a second team high school cross country all-American with her sixth place at the Footlocker National Championships.

'Alex is a dedicated and driven runner who will have an immediate impact for the cardinal. Still relatively new to the sport, her potential in cross country and track is limitless.'

Stephanie Marcy
Marcy, from Sequim High School in Sequim, Washington, is a talented distance runner and positive leader. This year, Marcy established herself as the best cross country runner in the northwest. After winning the Washington State Meet, Marcy won the prestigious Oregon vs. Washington Borderclash and finished 9th in the Footlocker West Regional Championships.

'Stephanie is a consistent and high level performer whose talent and vigor will add strength and energy to cardinal women's team throughout her collegiate career.'

Anna Schuessler
Hailing from from Chicago, IL, Schuessler attends Loyola Academy where she is an All-State distance runner and has run 5:04 1600m. Anna will add valuable depth and talent to the Stanford women's team.

Sabrina Nettey
Nettey of Canada is an extremely talented recruit. In 2004, she won the Myrtle Cook Trophy, presented to Canada's most outstanding female track and field athlete who is 16 years of age or under. In 2005, Nettey set the Canadian Youth Long Jump record with her mark of 6.17 meters. She also broke the BC Juvenile/Junior triple Jump record with a distance of 12.35 meters. Nettey is currently preparing to represent Canada at the World Youth Championships in 100 meters and the Long Jump.

Elizabeth Minoofar
Minoofar, from Leawood Kansas, is the defending state Javelin champion and a favorite to repeat in 2007. She has great range and potential and will compete in multiple throws at Stanford.

'Elizabeth is an exciting addition to our program and will contribute immediately in the Javelin and the Hammer.'

Fall Commitments

Natasha BarthelHailing from Campbell, CA, Barthel attends St Francis High School where she is currently the seventh-ranked pole vaulter in the nation. She is the 2006 California state pole vault runner-up and finished third at the 2006 Golden West Invitational.

'Natasha has a great gymnastics background, which allowed her to learn the vault very quickly' said Floreal. 'She will add to the growing strength of our pole vault squad and help take us to the next level.'

Brittni Dixon-Smith
Dixon-Smith attends Woodbridge Senior High School in Woodbridge, VA. She is the 2006 Virginia state long jump champion and the 2006 regional long jump champion. Dixon-Smith owns the Virginia state long jump record and is an excellent 100m and 200m runner.

'Brittni is one of the best-kept secrets as a jumper/sprinter. She will add a lot of depth to our outstanding sprinters and jumpers groups.'

Shataya Hendricks
Hendricks comes to The Farm from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The 3A Florida state champion in the 100 meters, 200 meters, 4x 100m and 4 x 400 meter relay, she was named the 2006 St. Thomas Aquinas Female Athlete of the Year. A U.S. Junior National Team member and a High School All-American, Hendricks is the current Florida state record-holder at 11.30. She is currently ranked 3rd in the 100m and 5th in the 200m Nationally.

'Shataya is one of the country's best high school sprinters. She is a fierce competitor and will be an All-American as a freshman and should develop into a US Olympian'

Arantxa King
From Medford High School in Medford, MA, King captured the 2005 World Youth long jump championship and the 2005 Junior Pan American long jump championship. She is a four-time Massachusetts long jump champion and was ranked first nationally for the long jump and sixth nationally for the triple jump in 2005. King is the Bermuda national junior and senior record-holder for the long jump and triple jump, and also owns the Massachusetts and New England long jump records. She is the 2005 and 2006 outdoor high school national champion in the long jump and the 2006 outdoor champion in the triple jump.

'Arantxa is an amazing athlete. Her international experience will be a huge asset to our program. She has the ability to be a Stanford Olympian before graduation.'

Whitney Liehr
Liehr will join the Cardinal from Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes, CA. Liehr captured the 2006 West Regional Junior Olympic championship in the heptathlon, and took second at 2006 USATF Junior Olympic National championships in the same event.

'Whitney is one of the top heptathletes in the nation. She will make an instant impact on our team.'

Ashley Menzies
Menzies hails from Beverley Hills High School in Beverley Hills, CA. A nationally-ranked 400 meter runner. Menzies is the 2006 Mt. SAC Relays seeded 400m champion. She is a 2005 CIF Division 2 finalist in the 400 meters and captured the 2004 and 2005 league 200 and 400 meter titles.

'Ashley is a versatile all around sprinter with Pac-10 competitive marks sprint marks. She will be an instant contributor at the national level on both of our relays.'

Alexis Spiranac
From Monument, CO, Spiranac attends Lewis Palmer High School where she helped lead her team to a state championship. She finished second in the high jump and scored in the hurdles.

'Lexie is ranked in the top 25 in the nation as a high jumper. She is a fierce competitor and will develop into a great multi-eventer.'

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