New Orleans, La.- Loyola University New Orleans head cross country and track coach Andy Canegitta announced the addition of six new student athletes to this year’s recruiting class, including local products Mario Ramirez of DeLa Salle and Vikhar Samad from Haynes Academy. Canegitta will bring in a total 16 new men’s cross country/track athletes for 2011-12.
Jack Cunningham comes to Loyola from Hunterdon Central Regional High in Flemington, New Jersey. An accomplished hurdler, he had a personal best in the 110 hurdles of 16.9 and 60.1 in the 400 hurdles. He also had personal bests of 23.8 in the 200m and 56.3 in the 400m.
Canegitta on Cunningham: “With improved strength and technique, Jack will continue to improve upon his high school performances.”
A local product from DeLa Salle in New Orleans, Mario Ramirez joins the Wolfpack after spending much of his prep career on the football field. He ran a personal best 2:05 in the 800m.
Canegitta on Ramirez: “Mario will benefit from year round training in track. He has the potential to run a sub two minute in the 800 meters.”
Canegitta also added three other sprinters who will add depth to the track program. Joshua Rivers of San Leandro High in Hayward, California had personal bests of 11.3 in the 100m and 51.0 in the 400m. Vikhar Samad from Haynes Academy in Metairie. He had personal bests of 11.0 in the 100m and 24.0 in the 200m. Brian Briggs from Boston College High personal bests included 11.4 in the 100m and 23.1 in the 200m.
Carlos Flores is the lone field athlete in this final group. The Belen Jesuit Prep (Miami, Fla.) product had personal bests of 40ft in the shot put and 110ft in the discus.
Canegitta on Flores: “Carlos in a strong athlete with quick feet. He has the potential to exceed his high school personal best.”
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