Cross country doubles in size with strong recruiting class

BREVARD, N.C. – Head distance coach Josh Mower prepares for the 2015 season with a revamped team after bringing in five men and five women to the cross country program.

Headlining the male recruits, Brent Turner comes to Brevard after two years at University of Louisiana-Monroe. During his time in Division I, the West Monroe, La., native kept his 8K average around 27 minutes, with a career-best 26:56.97 just putting him out of the top 20 in the Azalea City CC Classic last season.

Another Division I transfer joining the Tornados is Sidney Noble, who spent last year running at Valparaiso. While with the Crusaders, the Powhatan, Va., product helped his team to a top-10 finish at the Western Invitational with a 28:28 8K time.

Rounding out the men’s recruiting class are freshmen Joseph Haddow, Jordan Lance and Nate Leahy. All three freshmen arrive to Brevard from different states, with Leahy the lone arrival from North Carolina after captaining the Pine Forest High School cross country team his senior year. Haddow comes from Lakeside High School in Martinez, Georgia and Lance hails from the sunshine state, where he set a J.R. Arnold school record and qualified for the Florida Cross Country State Championships.

On the women’s side, all five incomers are freshmen. From the Carolinas, Mower brings in Rebecca Martin from Fletcher, North Carolina and D’Arcy Bass from Columbia, South Carolina. Completing his Florida recruiting trifecta, Ruby Lewis and Kristen Mirones join the cross country squad from Lakeland and Tampa. The final recruit joining the Tornados was Melia Milne.

Milne brings experience from the top plateau of high school cross country, finishing 27th with a 17:14.6 4K time in the Mississippi State Cross Country Championship. In the Florida circuit, Mirones and Lewis success at the district level with a 20th place finish for Mirones in her district and a fourth place result for Lewis in hers.

The cross country season begins on Friday, September 4 when the squad travels to Salisbury, North Carolina, to compete in the Catawba Invite.

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