Warrior Cross Country Signs Five
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Warrior Cross Country Signs Five

LEWISTON, Idaho – Coach Mike Collins announced the signing of five student-athletes to the 2020 Lewis-Clark State Cross Country program. Abigail Gorton, Madison Howe, Brady Nelson, Tegan Baumann and Cooper Carlson will all be LC State Warriors next season.

“All of these recruits know that they are coming into a program that, based on national teams, are returning all of their runners,” Collins said. “They are looking forward to that knowing that it will be challenging, but it will make them better. They are all committed to helping make the team better.”

Gorton comes to LC from Bonners Ferry HS in Bonners Ferry, Idaho. She finished fifth at the state cross country meet her junior year and was a top contender going into her senior year before she was sidelined due to injury.

“This young lady is a winner and we are excited to have her here with us this next fall,” Collins said. “She has never really been in an environment with a group of other talented runners around her and we believe she is going to really blossom into something special.”

Howe, the lone Washingtonian in the group, is a senior at Lakewood High School in Arlington, Wash. She has qualified for State every year since her sophomore year, and has a personal-best time in the 1600m of 5:55. She also posted bests in the 3200m of 12:04 and the 5K at 19:45.

“Madison comes to use from one of our former runners (Ariel Jensen) who is coaching at her school and is highly recommended,” Collins explained. “She has a great attitude and work ethic and is extremely motivated to continue to improve and make her team better. Those are all characteristics of all of the best runners we have had here. She knows she will be challenged and has accepted that and is looking forward to being a significant part of the team this next year.”

Sandpoint, Idaho native Nelson has qualified for cross country state his sophomore, junior and senior year. He qualified in the 3200m run at state last season with a time of 10:08 and has only been running since his sophomore year.

“Brady will only get better,” Collins stated. “He is a relatively young runner, having started his sophomore year of high school, but despite that was a part of the state qualifying team all three years and qualified last year as an individual in the 3200m. He is a tough kid that wrestles, so I know he is familiar with pain and fighting through it, which is a quality that is necessary in racing when it comes to separating the average from the very good. We are excited to have him.”

Gooding, Idaho’s Baumann is a State qualifier in the 3200m with a time of 10:40 and has a personal-best time of 16:53 in the 5K. He is relatively new to the sport.

“Tegan has only been running since his junior year, so there is a huge upside as he continues to learn and get better,” Collins said. “Successful distance running comes from getting miles into the legs and we believe that he is really going to start to shine after a year of developing. Despite the young legs, he has already shown some great promise, most prominently with his eighth-place finish this fall at the state cross country championships. He has a great attitude and work ethic.”

The final piece of the puzzle is Carlson of Mountain View High School in Meridian, Idaho. He has a personal-best time of 10:06 in the 5K, and also runs the 800m, 1600m and 3200m.

“Cooper comes from one of the best high school programs in that state, coaches by the legendary Tracy Harris,” Collins explained. “We know that he understands the commitment level and work ethic needed to compete at this level. Being a member of the third-place team this past fall at the state championships only reinforces our confidence in him when it comes to understanding and contributing to team success. His running times would also indicate that he is capable of coming in and contributing right away.”

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