-- Coach Matt Rogers
has the announced the addition of six runners to the Creighton Women's Cross Country program. Joining the Bluejays as freshmen beginning this fall will be Logan Lucas, Katherine Trumble, Ashlyn Glann, Dayle Dickens, Grace Scheller and Maile Shigemasa.
"We set out the past year to find leaders, team captains, patient and mature athletes," said Rogers. "We found the right group. With these six incoming freshmen, we could not be more excited for the years that lie ahead. This incoming team will immediately be able to step up and contribute in more ways than just competing and point scoring."
Logan Lucas comes to Creighton from Henderson, Nev., where she attends Coronado High School. She was a member of two 3200-meter relay state championship teams, as well as a state champion cross country squad. She's also an honors student who was named to the Nevada All-State Academic Team. Lucas' father, John, played soccer at UNLV while her sister, Lauren, participated in cross country and track at Boise State.
Trumble hails from Wichita, Kan., and went to Maize South High School. She was named all-state in both cross country as well as the 3,200 meters, and was a four-time state qualifier.
Ashlyn Glann comes from North Newton, Kan., where she attended Newton High School. She qualified for the state track meet all four years and the state cross country meet twice, in addition to being named first-team all-league on the course. She was her class Salutatorian and a member of the National Honor Society. Her father Brent played football at Wyoming.
Dayle Dickens comes from St. Joseph, Mo., where she attends Bishop LeBlond High School. She was the state runner-up in the 3,200 meters as a senior and also was on a state championship softball team in 2013. Dickens was a Academic All-State pick in softball as well as a Sports Inc. Scholar-Athlete nominee.
Glen Mills, Pa., product Grace Sheller attended Cardinal O'Hara High School. She is a three-time All-Catholic League honoree and was named her team's Most Improved athlete in 2013. She also earned the school's Excellence in Physics award.
Maile Shigemasa was a member of the National Honor Society at Pearl City High School, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. The Pearl City, Hawaii, resident was the 2013 Oahu Interscholastic Association Runner of the Year and a three-time OIA champion in the 1,500.
"This year is very special to the upperclassmen," said Rogers. "They have been through much change and I respect each of those returners for always being open and handling it so well. The incoming freshmen will have an incredible amount of support in their teammates and program. They will be lucky enough to share this year with our senior captain, Courtney Sawle
Creighton finished in seventh place last fall at its first BIG EAST Championship, its best placing at a conference meet since a sixth-place showing at the 2004 Missouri Valley Conference Championships.Matt Rogers Quotes on Incoming Student-Athletes:
"I am anxious for the women to meet Maile in person for the first time. Speaking with Maile and her high school coach, you get a sense of professionalism in the sport, which we look forward to seeing first-hand. Relatively new to the sport, she has proven herself on the state level in Hawaii."
"I am glad we reached out to Logan and Creighton was the best fit for her. Logan comes from a very close team that was successful in high school, as she herself is a state champion on her 4x800m team. I feel she a lot to offer as a teammate coming from a successful team."
"Dayle comes from a small school as a multi-sport athlete, but has made it clear that she is a runner in both heart and mind. Dayle is a competitor and been very successful in her high school career. We look forward to surrounding her with a team full of successful and motivated Bluejays to see what she is truly capable of as a student-athlete."
"Ashlyn is very unique, as she is the 2013 5A Kansas state champion in bench press, squat and clean! She is very confident in moving forward as a runner, as we will work to translate her dominant performances in the weight room to those on the course and track."
"Katie is a ball of energy and exudes love for the sport. That excitement is very apparent in her training and will be a helpful component to our team's future success. Although injury has struck Katie in high school, we are confident with our plan to build her overall health as an athlete and show her true ability as a runner."
"Grace is our east coast athlete! In our very first meeting, Grace immediately showed her coachability and interest in becoming better holistically. It is obvious that she has a lot to give as a teammate and student-athlete."