WSC Track And Field Signs Five
Posted: 20 March, 2013
WAYNE - Wayne State College head track and field coach Marlon Brink announced yesterday that five student athletes have either signed national letters of intent or committed to compete for the Wildcats and continue their track and field careers and attend Wayne State College in the 2013-14 academic year.
Signing with the Wildcats are Cortland Cassidy of Fremont, Nebraska, Adam Hochstein of Hartington, Nebraska, Cody Kralicek of Osmond, Nebraska, Brandon Marker of Platteview, Nebraska and Cristina Murillo of Bertrand, Nebraska.
Cortland Cassidy is a distance runner from Fremont, Nebraska where he ran track and field and cross country at Logan View High School for three seasons. Cassidy was part of a track team that won the East Husker Conference track and field championship in 2010 and 2011 while being runner-up in 2012. His cross country team also won the conference championship in 2010 and was runner up in 2011. Cassidy was a state qualifier in track and field in 2012 while also being named All-Conference and First Team All-State.
“Cortland has had some success at the high school level at both cross country and distance running but I think his best days are still ahead of him,” said head coach Marlon Brink. “He has a strong passion for running and I believe being able to train with a good group of teammates will certainly help him develop his full potential.”
Adam Hochstein is a middle distance runner who competed in football, basketball and track and field at Hartington Public High School in Hartington, Nebraska. Hochstein placed second at the 2012 Nebraska State Track Meet in the mile run with a time of 4:33. He was also part of the 2012 3200 meter relay team that placed sixth at the state meet with a time of 8:33. Hochstein was also honorable mention in football in 2012 when his team finished the regular season undefeated.
“Adam is becoming a top notch middle distance runner,” commented Brink. “His runner-up finish at the state meet last year is a good indicator of the talent level that he possesses. I think his range of running legs on the 4 x 4 relays to being highly successful in the 1600 meter run will allow his to make the quick adjustment to the college racing scene.”
Cody Kralicek is an intermediate hurdler and long sprinter from Osmond, Nebraska where he competed in football, wrestling and track and field while at Osmond Community Schools. During his junior track season, Kralicek competed at the Northeast Nebraska Track and Field Classic in the 300 meter hurdles and got fourth in the event. He was the district champion in the 300 meter hurdles with a time of 42.3 and qualified for the state track meet in the event. He was also an All-District middle linebacker his junior and senior seasons in football.
“Cody is becoming a good intermediate hurdler and long sprinter,” said Brink. “I think he will continue to get better with the training program and facilities here at Wayne State College. We are excited to have him joining our squad.”
Brandon Marker is a sprinter from Platteview High School where he competed in track and field, football and basketball. While at Platteview, Marker set a personal best in the 100 meter dash at 11.3 and had a personal best of 23.8 in the 200 meter dash.
“Brandon is developing into a successful sprinter,” stated Coach Brink. “He has a great work ethic and a passion for track and field which I think will help him succeed at the college level. I believe he will adapt well to the year-round training program and be able to help our sprint team.”
Cristina Murillo is a distance runner from Bertrand Community Schools in Bertrand, Nebraska where he lettered all four years in both cross country and track. Bertrand was a state qualifier all four years in cross country and a three year qualifier in track during her four years in high school including a fifth place finish in the 3200 meter run at the state track meet in 2010 while also medaling in 2012 taking fourth place in both the 1600 meter run and the 3200 meter run. Murillo’s cross country teams also achieved high success during her four seasons as they were district champions for four consecutive years while also placing no lower than fifth at the state cross country meet. Her cross-country team placed all four years at the state meet finishing fourth in 2009, third in 2010, fifth in 2011 and fourth in 2012.
“Cristina has a long history of success in both cross country and track and field at Bertrand High School,” said Brink. “She has good range in race distance but is especially effective for the longer distances. I believe she will make an immediate and positive impact on our team.”
Wayne State College is an NCAA Division II school located in Wayne, Nebraska and competes in the 16-team Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.