Alycia Herring Signs National Letter of Intent with ASU Track & Field
Feb. 4, 2010
TEMPE – Alycia Herring (Moreno Valley, Calif.) has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Arizona State University where she will continue her education and athletic career with the Sun Devil track & field program, ASU Assistant Coach Kenny McDaniel announced today. Herring, who is in her senior year at Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, Calif., will compete for the Sun Devils starting with the 2011 track & field season after enrolling in school this fall.
“Alycia’s versatility in multiple events will give us a presence in many events, including both relays,” McDaniel, the program’s coach for women’s sprints, said. “The element about Alycia is her competitiveness; watching her warm-up at the California State meet, you could tell she’s all about performing at her best, which is very important at this level. I’m anxious to watch the development of Alycia and Asiah [Gooden, another NLI for ASU] over the next four years; they both are fantastic student-athletes and I feel will be great fits for our program.”
“I am extremely proud to say that I am a Sun Devil and excited to continue my track and field career at Arizona State,” Herring said. “I look forward to becoming a better athlete under the leadership of Head Coach Greg Kraft and Coach Kenny McDaniel. It’s going to be a new experience, but I’m ready to be a part of the program.”
Herring, who will be joined at ASU by her RVHS teammate Asiah Gooden, excelled in the short sprints and the long jump in 2009 as she qualified for the California state meet in three events, including the 200m dash and long jump as an individual and with the 4x100m relay. The 200m champion at the Inland Valley League and Inland Empire Championship meets, Herring went on to finish ninth at the state meet before taking fifth in the long jump after winning the title at the Empire meet. She also ran the third leg of the fourth-place 4x100m relay with Gooden on the anchor.
The Herring File
Name: Alycia Herring
Hometown: Moreno Valley, Calif.
High School: Rancho Verde HS (Moreno Valley)
Quick Notes: Qualified for three events at the CIF California State Championships, including the 200m dash, the long jump and as a member of the 4x100m relay... helped the relay to a fourth-place finish while she placed fifth in the long jump and ninth in the 200m... selected as the 2009 Press-Enterprise Track Athlete of the Year while also being selected as the Riverside County Female Track Athlete of the Year... holds personal best times of 11.79 in the 100m and 23.68 in the 200m, which rank No. 11 and No. 2 all-time in Riverside County history, respectively... also has run 56.41 (No. 13 in county history) in the 400m dash and jumped 20-0.75 in the long jump (No. 3 in the county).
What They Are Saying About Herring
Michelle Herring (mother):
“It is such a blessing to see your children grow up and choose their own paths in life. It has been an awesome experience watching Alycia dedicate herself to her goals and pursue her dreams. As she enters this new phase in life, my heart is content with her decision to join the family of scholars and athletes at the Arizona State University. We are so pleased and grateful that she has been afforded this wonderful opportunity.”
Mike Herring (father):
“All the hard work has paid off for this stage of our daughter’s life. We are so proud of her and excited about being a part of the ASU family.”
Mike Millen (Rancho Verde HS coach):
“Alycia Herring is an exceptional student-athlete who combines superior athletic skill with grace and humility. She is a coach’s dream and it has been a joy to work with and coach her during her high school track and field career at Rancho Verde. We feel very fortunate to have had her in our program. Alycia’s athletic ability and good character will be an asset to ASU’s excellent program.”