Warriors land three distance runners
William Jessup University head women's cross-country coach Parker Daniells announced the signing of three recruits for this year's 2017 class: Kylee White, Ally Eskenazi, and Joelle Hamiester.
"I am extremely excited about this incoming class. These women bring the whole package – great academics, pursue Christ wholeheartedly and have the desire to become a better athlete,” said Daniells. “Each girl comes with a great personality and mindset that wants to be coached. It has been a joy to get to know each of them over this last year and I cannot wait to watch them grow here at William Jessup University,"
Daniells commented that each student-athlete coming in would make an immediate impact in the team as each brings many different attributes to help fill the program’s needs. Daniells said he really looks forward to working with each individual athlete, as to getting to know them and hearing about their expectations after four years at WJU.
White is a Weaverville native who graduated from Trinity High School this spring. She has just one season of running under her belt, competing her final year of high school.
But she was a dual-sport athlete, running both cross-country and distance on the track. In her first season on the trails, White ran a personal best 21:49.9 at the Northern Section CIF Championship to qualify for State Championships, where she knocked another 10 seconds off her time for a 21:39.6 finish in the 5,000 meters.
White competed her junior and senior year on the track in multiple events including the 800m, 1600m, 3200m, 300m hurdles, pole vault and the 4x400 relay.
Off the trails, the incoming freshman will be focused on her degree in biology in order to achieve her goal. White plans to transfer to an accredited medical school upon graduation and later pursue a career in medicine.
"I would like to be a leader among my peers and stand out in the community like I did in high school, while also continuing my education to prepare myself for medical school," White said, of her aspirations the next four years. “(Jessup) is a place where I can be myself and thrive in all walks of life and not just as a student."
Eskenazi joins the Warriors after competing all four years in high school for the Quartz Hill High Rebels both in cross-country and track and field.
Kicking off her senior year, Eskenazi raced a personal best 19:35.0 at the 36th Annual Skechers Woodbridge Cross-Country Classic and finished the season competing at the CIF Southern Section Division I Prelims in November with a 20:45.4 finish. Since her freshman year, she has improved her time by over a minute in the 3-mile race and over two minutes in the 5000m competition.
On the track, Eskenazi competed in the 1600m consistently all four years and also raced in the 3200m her freshman through junior seasons.
The incoming Jessup freshman will be studying kinesiology and looks forward to growing in her faith and making a positive impact on the people around her. Post graduation she hopes to continue her education by pursuing her masters in physical therapy.
"I love the atmosphere at Jessup and everyone there is really nice. When I'm on campus, I feel like I'm at home," Eskenazi said. "I want to serve God while pursuing a degree in kinesiology and hope to be a light to everybody around me."
The West Valley Mustangs graduate joins the Warriors with four years of experience both on the course and on the track. Hameister brings a wealth of experience adding to the 2017 recruiting class roster.
Closing out her final season with the Mustangs, Hameister set a season record at the Mountain Pass League Meet crossing the finish line at 20:18.6 in the 3-mile event. Over her four seasons running cross-country, her junior season she set a personal record with a 19:57.9 at the same Mountain Pass Meet proving her determination to better as a runner.
For track and field, Hameister raced on the other side of the track in the short-distance events; 100m hurdles, 300m hurdles, the high jump and as part of the 4x400 relay team. She competed for all four seasons as well on the track for the Mustangs posting personal best marks in both her junior and senior year.
Hameister looks forward to her time on campus to meet new people and grow deeper in the Word in a smaller environment. She will be studying biology in her four years at Jessup in hopes to becoming a chiropractor and owning her own company in the future.
"I would like to strengthen my relationship with the Lord while being in fellowship with other Christians," Hameister said. "I hope to not only grow spiritually and academically, but also athletically."