The Lewis-Clark State College cross country and track program have signed a pair of runners for the 2013-14 season, coach Mike Collins said Wednesday.
Tia Carnahan, from Scappoose, Ore. and David Gilbert, from Spokane, Wash. will be have signed National Letters of Intent to run cross country and track for LCSC.
Carnahan led Scappoose High School to a Cowapa League championship and fourth place state championship finish as a senior in 2012. She also was named the Indians’ Most Outstanding Runner and set a personal record of 19 minutes, 36 seconds on a three-mile course.
Carnahan has been the No. 1 runner at Scappoose all four years of her prep career, and is a three-time All-State honoree. The Indians won the Oregon 4A state championship in her junior season, with Carnahan leading the way in a fifth-place individual performance.
“Tia is a wonderful young lady and we are excited about adding her to our program,” Collins said. “She’s a small-school girl that we believe will show even more of what she is capable of in our program. Her 3,000-meter track time from a year ago would have qualified her for the NAIA Indoor National Championships right now. We fully expect to see her take it to another level in cross country. She has already shown an inner confidence and determination that is a key characteristic that we have seen in some of our best runners. We expect great things, and I am sure she does too.”
Gilbert graduated from Mt. Spokane High School in 2011, but has been coaching at the high school level until signing with the Warriors.
Gilbert was a four-year varsity letter-winner at Mt. Spokane in both cross country and track, and the cross country captain as a senior.
He finished in the top five in the 800 meters at the Greater Spokane League 3A district meet as a senior and was among the best 400-meter runners on a deep squad.
Gilbert is also a marathoner, with a second-place finish at the St. Joe River Half Marathon and was in the top three for his age group at the Spokane Marathon.
“We have no doubt that this year away from running has ignited a fire in him,” Collins said. “Coming in as a freshman with an extra year of physical and mental maturity will make him even better. He brings some great leg speed that we plan to develop into the 8K distance of college running.”