Sullivan Signs Canadian and L.A. Twins

March 2, 2009

Corvallis, Ore. - The Oregon State University women's track and cross country team has received three letters of intent for the 2009-2010 seasons as announced by head coach Kelly Sullivan.

The incoming class is a unique cast of athletes. Sullivan didn't recruit on gaudy times and accomplishments, but rather on upside, potential and enthusiasm for running. The first signee was Laura Carlyle, a native of Canada and a junior college transfer from Whatcom Community College in Bellingham, Wash. Having only competed one year in the junior college ranks, Carlyle will have three years of eligibility once she arrives at Oregon State.

'I watched her compete in the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC) Championships that were held in Battle Ground (Washington). and was really impressed with her upside,' Sullivan said. 'We are definitely recruiting her based on potential. I love finding diamonds in the rough and she definitely fits that category. She is young in this whole thing. She's excited.'

Carlyle had never run competitively prior to arriving at Whatcom CC, and just by coincidence Whatcom started the program while she was attending. In her time there, Carlyle won the NWAACC Cross Country Championships during the 2008 season

'I'm really excited. I was sold from the start,' Carlyle said. 'It was good to get the letter signed, get it done and make it official. I am really looking forward to running for Coach Sullivan and running with the women there.'

Shortly after Carlyle's signing Oregon State received two letters of intent from twin sisters Sabrina and Regina Lopez of Sacred Heart High School in Los Angeles.

'I first saw them at the California state cross country meet,' Sullivan said. 'They caught my eye before I even knew who they were; they looked impressive just warming up. They are great athletes and are a lot like Laura; they are really new to the sport and are energetic and enthusiastic. The upside for these two is just phenomenal'

In the 2008 cross country season Sabrina won the California Division-4 state Championship while Regina came was 14th. One week following the state track meet, Sabrina finished 17th in the prestigious West Footlocker.

'I am thrilled to be coming to OSU and running D-1 with my sister because we worked so hard to make it this far and we will continue to work hard,' Regina said.

'The Lopez twins have only been running for just over a year,' Sullivan said. 'Prior to beginning their running careers their athletic prowess was focused to other sports such as volleyball and basketball.'

Sullivan attributes athletes joining the program a lot in part to the welcoming and family nature of the team.

'The women at OSU were great to us during our official visit, and for once I felt as if I had more than one sister,' Sabrina said. 'The team and coach Sullivan made me feel as if I were at home. They treated me with respect and love, and I witnessed the relationship between the team and that made me want to be part of the team.'

Sullivan and women's track and cross country are still recruiting and plan to add more signees to this group in the coming weeks.

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