Loyola men’s track inks four

Fri, 08/02/2013

Anthony Parker is one of four signees for the Wolf Pack track and field team

(New Orleans, La.) Loyola University New Orleans men’s track and field coach Andy Canegitta has announced four additions to the team for the upcoming season. Toren Arnold, Justin Johnson, Vincent Manuel, and Anthony Parker are set to join the Wolf Pack.

Toren Arnold comes to the Pack from East Jefferson High School where he ran track for head coach Marc Martin. The Jefferson, Louisiana native competed in the 800m, 300m hurdles, triple jump, and 4x400m relay. Arnold was named the 2012 and 2013 District MVP and was the state runner up in the 800m race during the 2013 track season. He was also tabbed as the East Jefferson High School Track MVP in 2013. He is the son of Roxie Arnold.

Justin Johnson teamed with Arnold on the East Jefferson track team. Johnson hails from Marrero, Louisiana and is the son of Leon Johnson and Christine Francois. He captained the Warriors track and field team in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Johnson was dubbed the school’s track MVP in 2012 before winning the Coaches Award in 2013.

Vincent Manuel comes to the Pack after attending Grambling State University for the past two years. The Gretna, Louisiana native prepped at McDonogh #35 College Preparatory High School in New Orleans. Manuel will compete in sprinting and jumping events for the Wolf Pack. He will begin the 2013-14 year as a junior. Manuel has met and trained with Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt. Manuel is the son of Catina and Dwayne Lawerence.

Anthony Parker transfers to Loyola after one year at University of Louisiana at Monroe. Parker will enter as a sophomore in 2013-14. The New Orleans native went to De La Salle High School where he ran track for head coach Michael Perniciaro. The son of Ruby Patterson, Parker earned All-District honors in the high jump and triple jump during his junior year. He had a stellar senior year earning All-District honors in the high jump, triple jump, 4x400m relay and 300m hurdles. Parker placed second in both the district and the region and sixth in the state for the 300m hurdles during his senior year.

“We are excited to bring these four student athletes to Loyola. They will have an immediate impact on our program and have the potential to develop and contest for school records in the future. I look forward to seeing them compete for the Wolf Pack this season,”said Coach Canegitta.

Arnold, Johnson, Manuel and Parker help from a seven person signing class for the men’s track and field team. The Wolf Pack has previously announced the additions of Christian Lynch, Alexander Morano, and Patrick Gallagher.

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