Thunderbird Track & Field/XC Signs Four Athletes

December 02, 2016
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - During the most recent signing period the Southern Utah cross country and track and field programs signed four athletes to National Letters of Intent. The T-Birds inked one female athlete and four male athletes.  

“I think the class we have so far will add to the already strong teams that we have,” SUU head coach Eric Houle said. “All of them are solid, proven distance runners that I believe we can develop in this program to be even better.”

Josie Bushar

Josie Bushar will be joining the Thunderbird family from St. George, where she attends Pine View High School.

So far her best times in high school are a 2:22 in the 800-meter and a 5:19 in the 1,600-meter. She also finished 11th at the Utah 3A State Cross Country meet.

Bushar will be joining an already young women’s program, that made vast improvements during the 2016 cross country campaign.

Travis Feeny

Heading to Cedar City from Ogden, the Thunderbirds have signed Travis Feeny to an NLI. He is currently attending Ogden High School.

Feeny has set marks of 1:56 in the 800-meter, 4:17 in the 1,600-meter and 9:09 in the 3,200-meter. He also finished 12th overall at the Utah State XC meet.

Jaiden Melendrez

Jaiden Melendrez will also be joining the Thunderbirds out of St. George, as he currently attends Desert Hills High School.

Melendrez was the State Champion in Cross Country at the 3A meet.

He’s also set solid track marks, with a 1:58 in the 800-meter, a 4:21 in the 1,600-meter and a 9:19 in the 3,200-meter.

Max Spence

Max Spence will be coming to Cedar City from Salt Lake City, where he currently attends Olympus High School.

Spence’s team won the cross country state championship, where he finished 24th overall.

Spence was also the 4A State Champ in 2016 in the 1,600-meter. His top 800-meter time is currently a 1:55.

All three of the male signees will be joining a cross country program that has made three straight trips to the NCAA National Championship.

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