The Lewis-Clark State College track and cross country teams have added a pair of runners to their 2013 recruiting class: Andrew Burgess of Kuna (Idaho) High School and Natasha Wilson of Sumner (Wash.) High School.
The addition of Burgess (pictured left) and Wilson gives the Warriors 14 combined men’s and women’s signees for next season (eight women, six men) under longtime coach Mike Collins.
Burgess helped the Kuna High School Kavemen to a second-place finish at the Idaho 4A state cross country meet in October, finishing seventh overall in the 5K race. That performance came on the heels of a second-place finish at districts despite running with serious pain in his hip.
In track, Burgess finished 10th in the 1600 meters at the state meet and seventh at districts in the 3200 meters.
“We’re very excited about adding Andrew to our team. He has only been running for a couple of years and we are very confident that he is going to get a lot better as he continues to train and gain experience,” Collins said. “I know he is excited to be here as well. His enthusiasm and commitment to running and the team concept are undoubtedly going to make him a valuable member of our team.”
Wilson helped the Sumner Spartans to consecutive team berths in the WIAA Class 2A state championships, and the Spartans finished 12th this season.
Wilson saved her career best performance for the SPSL/Seamount/Olympic Sub-Districts that got Sumner to state.
“We expect Natasha to do well here,” Collins said. “It make some time for her to develop, but we know she has great leg speed based on her high school 800-meter times. We have a great bunch of gals that all have very similar PR’s coming in. With that type of team environment, we fully expect Natasha to flourish.”