Dover, Del (Dec. 4) --- Delaware State University’s track and field program announces the signing of six student athletes (four women and two men) during the early signing period. “I think the summary of this recruiting class is versatility.” DSU head coach Stephen Kimes explained. “Everybody that signed with us thus far has the ability to be successful in multiple events, have excellent meter ranges, very good sprint relays experience, and some quality cross country accolades. This recruiting class will help us get better in all programs that we have the responsibility for improving.”
Khaliyah White – New Castle, De / Girard Academy Music Program, Pa / 2x 400 meter district champion / Pa State Medalist / Pr. 400m - 57.47 / 2 years of HS track & field experience / no indoor track and field experience .
Coach Kimes: Khaliyah White is a student athlete that we liked a lot. We saw big upside. She is a very aggressive and resilient young sprinter, only running track for about 6-7 months of her life. She commutes to a high school from Girard to run track and field. She has a very low amount of track meters on her belt. Khaliyah has already medaled twice while competing against a very good field in PA. She is the fastest woman on her team and we believe that with excellent sprint training she will improve quickly.
2. Kyra Lyles –Gaithersburg, Md. / Quince Orchard HS, Md. / 400m Gold Medalist Maryland 4A State Champion / 4x200m and 4x100m relay Maryland 4A State Champion / Pr’s. 400m – 56.48; 200m – 25.01 / 3 years of HS outdoor T&F experience / 2 years of HS indoor T&F experience.
Coach Kimes: Kyra Lyles is a sprinter I identified early. She was visiting power 5 conference programs, but called me during one visit to tell me she loved DSU more. She loves winning and is a state champion in the biggest classification in Maryland. Lyles demonstrates incredible work ethic and strength. She is the most decorated sprinter in the history of Quince Orchard high school with eight school records. Her sprint versatility is huge for our program. Kyra with more speed training will be able to run faster and supply the team a huge pop at all times.
Tai Brown – Atlanta, Ga. / Westlake HS, Ga. / 800m Bronze Medalist Ga 7A State Championships / 4x400m relay Ga 7A State Champion / 1500m Silver Medalist at USATF Jr. Olympics / Pr’s. 800m – 2:12; 1500m – 4:44 / 3 years of HS Outdoor T&F experience / no indoor track and field experience
Coach Kimes: Tai Brown is a supremely hard worker, very versatile. She is a very good long sprinter and can also provide competitive cross country races for us when her number is called. She averaged 19 minutes in the 5k during her only year running cross country. In the 800m she was second fastest in Georgia and silver medaled at the Junior Olympics in the 1500m. Tai has the ability to run a lot of excellent times on the track. She had true SEC visits. She believes in what we are trying to get done here and will be a huge reason why we get there.
Catherine Glenn – West Palm Beach, Fla. / Wellington Community HS, Fla. / 100H Silver Medalist Fla 4A State Championships / HS All American 4x100m relay / Pr’s. 100H – 14.16; 300H - 44.26 / 3 years of HS outdoor T&F experience / no indoor track and field experience
Coach Kimes: Catherine Glenn is fairly new to track and field having never run indoor track. Glenn has only been hurdling during three outdoor seasons so she will continue to improve with speed training and technique. Cat has low meters on her belt so that spells high potential for steady improvement in my opinion. She, like the aforementioned signees, women is used to competing for big prizes. She had heavy P5 (power five conference programs) interest in large part of her finishing second in the state of Florida in the 100 hurdles. She will be instant impact in the both short and long hurdle races as well as other events.
Leon Jett – Sacile, Italy / Caesar Rodney HS, De. / 300H Delaware State Champion / 55H Delaware State Champion / Pr’s. 110H – 14.20; 55H – 7.63 / 3 years of HS outdoor T&F experience / 2 years of HS indoor T&F experience
Coach Kimes: Leon Jett is one of the fastest hurdlers in Delaware history. Jett was an in-state high priority target for us. We wanted to get back to recruiting the best track and field athletes in Delaware. Leon’s versatility is something that we covet. Truthfully, that’s the only way I know how to improve teams the quickest. Jett has the ability to perform both short and long hurdles. He loves to hurdle and train which will help us score points in the MEAC in a variety of ways. Jett’s times have improved each year and that will continue here in Hornet land.
Krystjan Allen – Lock Haven, Pa / Caesar Rodney HS, De. / 400m 5th place Delaware State T&F Championships / Pr. – 400m - 50.2 / 1 year of HS track and field experience / no indoor track and field experience
Coach Kimes: Krystjan Allen is someone I really liked based off the fact that he has run only one year of HS track and field with no indoor experience. I think he is a future state champion this year if things go his way. I don’t think it will be luck either as his upside is enormous. He has a nice sprinter’s frame. Raw with height to learn other events as well to become more versatile. We believe we found the nation’s 2020 class diamond in the rough with Allen.
“One of our main recruiting goals during the early signing period and throughout our entire 2020 class, it being my first year to recruit to DSU, is to sign excellent student-athletes who project to score points in the MEAC early in their careers” Coach Kimes reiterated.
“Track and Field in the MEAC is highly competitive nationally. We believe we found student-athletes that can thrive in the league and help us begin our league ascension” Coach Kimes stated. “I
“Recruiting is always a challenge just about everywhere if you are aiming for national performances one day. Six good ones do not just fall in your lap. It is a lot of hard work trying to get the really good ones to sign early. We don’t really have a recruiting pitch other than showing off Delaware State University and saying to them I hope you loved our school and program. I think this message helped these super talented student-athletes choose us over others.” Coach Kimes excalimed. “I like simple and positive systems, and I want that to be the norm for my student-athletes to truly help get them feeling comfortable here right off the bat. Be authentic, positive, encouraging and don’t let your work ethic become country club. All six of these signees loved their visit to DSU. They believed in us. We owe them the very best version of us now. Our excitement is building because we know we are off to a great start and trending in the right direction as a program.”