2012 recruiting class best in BYU cross country history

PROVO, Utah – Many strong runners return for 2012, and BYU head coach Patrick Shane adds what he calls the best cross country recruiting class in BYU history.

"There's no question this is the best group of girls I've ever signed," Shane said. "It’s getting time for me to retire here soon, but it's not going to be for at least another five years. I want to see all of these girls go through this program because there isn't a finer group of long distance runners in the country, I believe."

Included in this year’s incoming class are Utah natives Ashleigh WarnerErica Birk and Natalie Shields. During the high school BYU Invitational this past year, all three girls broke the 1,600-meter state record with times of 4:50.13, 4:51.02 and 4:51.03, respectively. Also, competing in the race was future teammate Laura Young who finished fourth with a time of 4:56.43. Shields is also the cousin of BYU men’s cross country All-American Rex Shields.

Other runners in this year’s recruiting class are Carrie Jube, Erika Reddish and Danica Wyson. Jube, who had a successful career at Timpview High School in Provo, Utah, finished fifth in state in cross country and sixth in state in the 3,200 during her senior year. She also led her cross-country team to a first-place region finish placing third overall.

Reddish is known as on of the best distance runners to come out of Murreita, Calif., according to the North County Times. During her four years at Vista Murreita High School, she won the 1,600 at the Southwestern League finals four years in a row and set three Valley records in the 800, the 1,600 and the 3,200.

Wyson, a product of Laguna Niguel, Calif., spent most of her junior year struggling with injuries but returned as a senior as one of the top distance runners in Calif. She finished fourth at the South Coast League finals, fifth at the CIF-SS finals and 12th at the Division I state finals.

“After we finished the recruiting process with these girls, I kept thinking where have they all been,” Shane said. “It has just been one of those years to find a special group of girls."

Throughout Shane’s 32 years of coaching, he and his cross country teams won four NCAA Division I National Championships, 24 conference championships and finished in the Top-10, 19 times. He has coached six Olympians, 48 All-Americans and was named the NCAA coach of the year three times.

“It’s been a long time since I have found such a strong group of runners,” Shane said, “and given the exceptional runners we have had here over the years, that says a lot.”

Ashleigh Warner
Mountain View High School, Orem, Utah
Event  Time Notes
800 2:12.31 New PR, won the Utah State 4A Championship
1600 4:50.13 (Altitude adjusted 1600 = 4:44.72) BYU Invitational
3200 10:52.23 (Altitude adjusted 3200 = 10:37) BYU Invitational

Utah State 4A Champion: 800, 1600 & Medley and state record holder in the 1600

Natalie Shields
East High School, Salt Lake City, Utah
Event Time Notes
1600 4:51.03   (Altitude adjusted 1600 = 4:45.66) BYU Invitational
3200 10:14.16 (Altitude adjusted 3200 = 10:10) New Balance Outdoor Nationals

Utah State 4A Champion: 3200 and a close second-place finish at BYU Invitational 1600

Erica Birk
North Summit High School, Coalville, Utah
Event Time Notes
800 2:11.97 New State 2A Record & Utah State Meet 2A Record
1600 4:51.02   (Altitude adjusted 1600 = 4:45.65) BYU Invitational
3200 10:34.66 (Altitude adjusted 3200 = 10:20) BYU Invitational

Utah State 2A Champion: 800, 1600, 3200 & medley relay and holds the Utah 2A State & State meet records in the 800, 1600, 3200 & medley relay

Laura Young
Bingham High School, South Jordan, Utah
Event Time Notes
1600 4:56.43  (Altitude adjusted 1600 = 4:51) BYU Invitational
3200 10:54.96 (Altitude adjusted 3200 = 10:40) BYU Invitational

Scored in both the 5A, 1600 & 3200 at the Utah State Meet

Carrie Jube
Timpview High School, Provo, Utah
Event Time  Notes
1600 5:06.10 (Altitude adjusted 1600 = 5:04) Arcadia Invitational
3200 11:07.77 (Altitude adjusted 3200 = 10:53) New PR

Scored in both the 4A 1600 & 3200 at the Utah State Meet and set a new school record in the 3200 

Erika Reddish
Vista Murrieta High School, Murrieta, California
Event Time Notes
800 2:12.67 Distance Meet of Champions
1600 4:48.96 Won the CIF Southern Section Finals (New PR)
3200 10:36.27 Arcadia Invitational

Finished fourth in the CIF Master’s 1600 final with a time of 4:48.96 and holds school records in the 800, 1600 & 3200

Danica Wyson
Aliso Niguel High School, Laguna Niguel, California
Event Time Notes
1600 4:59.77 South Coast League Finals
3200 10:33.55 2009 CIF State Championships

Finished third in the CIF Southern Section Finals, 10th in the CIF Masters and 12th at the Division I state finals