NEW ORLEANS, La. – Three high school athletes recently officially committed to join the Loyola University cross country and track and field teams, according to head coach Andy Canegitta. Harley Augustine, Raquel Derganz Baker and Anthony Pigford will run with the ‘Pack in 2011-12.
Augustine comes to Loyola from Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans, and brings experience in a variety of track disciplines. In 2010 Augustine was the regional heptathlon champion and earned a third place finish in the 400 meter hurdles at the West Coast Junior Olympics. In 2009 she finished third in the heptathlon at the West Coast Junior Olympics. In 2006 she was the champion of the Disney Club National Pentathlon. She has competitive marks in sprinting, hurdling and jumping events.
“Harley is very excited to be part of our program. She is very athletic and will compete in the pentathlon in indoor track and the heptathlon in outdoor track and possibly cross country in the fall. She has a lot of upside and will be a great addition to the program,” Canegitta said.
A Mississippi native, Baker will bring both sprinting and distance expertise to the Wolfpack lineup. As a member of the St. Patrick Catholic High School Fighting Irish, Baker was a member of Mississippi’s Class 3A cross country championship team in 2009-10. Also in 2009-10, Baker was a part of the 4x400-meter relay team that won the state championship. Baker has run a 1:02 400 and a 17:12 4K.
“Raquel is versatile. She was part of her state championship cross country team in high school and competes in sprints during track season. She will add depth to our cross country team and will be a great addition to the track program, and will be very much involved in our relays. She has the qualities of being a very successful athlete at Loyola,” Canegitta said.
An experienced road runner and cross country athlete, Pigford will run cross country and distance events at Loyola. Pigford comes from Archbishop Rummel High School in Metairie, where he ran two- and three-mile cross country races for the Raiders. Pigford will contribute to Loyola both athletically and academically, as he earned National Honor Society recognition in high school. He has top times of 1:32 in the half-marathon, 11:20 in the two-mile and 17:39 in the three-mile distances.
“Anthony has competed in several road races around the New Orleans area, and he is very committed and will add depth to our program. I believe he has not yet reached his full potential. Anthony has competed in several half marathon races and will work on improving on his previous times,” Canegitta said.
Augustine, Baker and Pigford will join Dylan DiMartino, Paul Freese and Henry Gerbracht, whose commitments were announced earlier this week, in the 2011 recruiting class.
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