Runell King
Runell King
Men's Track & Field - Wed, Apr. 21, 2010
New Orleans, LA - Nathaniel Barnett (Fort Worth, Tx./Hill School of Fort Worth), Jerome Cooper (Mobile, Al./Baker H.S.), Runell King (White Castle, La./White Castle H.S.) and Dominique Smith (Marrero, La./John Ehret H.S.) have each signed scholarship awards to join the Bleu Devil track and field program for the 2010-11 season, head coach Bobby Williams, Jr., announced today.

According to Coach Williams, the addition of these runners should help improve the program's scoring and placement per event.

"The goal is to field a competitive program and have as many runners as possible competing at the [Gulf Coast Athletic] conference and NAIA championships," said Williams.  "The addition of these runners will help us score across the board, from sprints to field events. I'm excited to see what each of them will add to the team."

The most decorated of the quartet is Smith - the first female to join this year's recruiting class.  Smith was the district high jump champion last year and in 2007.  She was named All-Metro in 2007 and 2008, as a high jumper and a member of the 400 and 800 meter relays.  In 2007, Smith garnered All-District honors in the high jump and the relays, and she was the 2007 John Ehret Freshman Most Valuable Player and Co-MVP in 2008 and 2009.  She plans to major in developmental and child psychology.

Barnett competed for the Hill School Hawks in the long and triple jump field events, and the 200 meters.  His personal best marks are 20-06 (long jump), 41-09 (triple jump) and 22.30 (200m).  As a sprinter for the Baker Hornets, Cooper has run 100 meters in 10.8 seconds and 200 meters in 22.30, as well. The lone hurdler is King, who has logged personal bests of 15.8 in the 110 meter race and 41 seconds flat in the 300 meters.