Cross Country Inks Four on Signing Day
The group includes two from Florida and two from Texas.
Feb. 8, 2013
Statement from Head Cross Country Coach Kevin Ondrasek
"I'm very excited to be bringing in such a well rounded group of student-athletes this year. We feel like all of these ladies fit the mold of what we are trying to accomplish at Southern Miss; which is to be competitive on a national scale. More importantly these are motivated, hard working people, who have the drive and passion to be successful at the Division 1 level. There are some very special things on the horizon for this year's signing class; these young ladies are very capable of taking this team above and beyond where it has ever been before. SMTTT!"
|Courtney Filliben Mid-Distance
400m: 59.3 | 800m: 2:15.03 1 Mile: 5:09 | 5000m: 18:34
Miami, Fla. Our Lady of Lourdes Academy
A versatile distance athlete, Filliben has successfully competed in distances ranging from the 400 meters to the 5k over the course of her career ... Running her personal best time of 5:09 in the mile at the FSU Relays as she placed 4th overall ... Won the 800 meters in 2012 at the FSU invitational with a personal best time of 2:15.03 leading from wire to wire ... As a cross country athlete she has qualified for the FHSAA State meet 3 times finishing as high as 14th for her team ... A four-year letterwinner for the Lady of Our Lourdes Academy ... Miami Heralds first team All-Dade athlete and team captain ... Will be participating in the pre-med program while at Southern Miss.
"It's a nationally ranked division 1 program that also offers a full range of other major sports. I felt that I fit in well with the girls on the team and other students on campus, and got along with the coach. Another plus for me is the fact that my older brother is only a few hours away playing baseball for a D1 program in Alabama."
|Kailey Hill Distance
Mile: 5:04 | 2 Mile: 11:04 | 5000m: 17:49
The Woodlands, Texas The Woodlands College Park
Qualified for the State Cross Country Championships three times throughout her career ... A 3-time district champion ... 2-time regional champion ... Finished as high as 5th at the 5A State Championships in the women's mile running a time of 5:09 ... Highlighted her senior cross country season with an 8th-place finish at the 5A Region II Championships where she ran a personal-best time of 17:49 over the 5,000m course ... Ran 11:04 at the Strake Jesuit Invitational ... Her best performance in the mile came from the Woodlands College Park meet where she finished 2nd in a time of 5:04 ...
Plans to major in Education while at Southern Miss.
|Daphney Stanford Distance
800m: 2:18 | 1 Mile: 5:06 | 3 Mile: 18:06 | 5000m: 18:31
Grapevine, Texas Grapevine High School
A standout cross country athlete from Grapevine High School ... Highlighted her season with a 13th-place finish at the Texas 5A Region I Championships running 18:06 on the challenging 3-mile course in Lubbock, TX ... Placed 7th at the OSU Jamboree ... Also finished 6th at the Boswell Invitational running 18:31 for 5k in the process.
|Kristin Zarrella Distance
400m: 59.42 | 800m: 2:14.06 | 1 Mile: 5:02 | 5000m: 18:27
Bradenton, Fla. Lakewood Ranch High School
Kristin Zarrella is a four year letter winner for Coach Mark Napier and Kristina Bratton at Lakewood Ranch High School ... Helped her team to four top 5 finishes at the FHSAA Cross Country Championships finishing 36th, 19th, 6th, and 4th individually in the process ... Also had standout seasons on the track as she earned multiple all-district, regional, and state honors ... Ran personal best times for the 800m, Mile, and 2 Mile of 2:14.8, 5:02.9, and 11:29 at the FHSSA Regional Meet ... Plans on majoring in Education while at the University of Southern Mississippi ... A native of Bradenton Florida.