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COLLEGE SPORTS

Jessup men’s cross-country recruits three

Vista del Lago’s Perez signs on
By: Brianna Campbell for The Placer Herald/News Messenger
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William Jessup University cross-country head coach Parker Daniells announced the signing of three incoming freshmen to join in the 2017 men’s team.

Daniells said he was pleased to have two California runners and one from Oregon joining the Warriors this season.

“Each has their own individual strengths in their track events and are right around each other in (recorded) time for cross-country,” Coach Daniells said. “We have a great returning class and I look forward to watching these freshmen learn from them as they progress in their own collegiate careers.”

Aydan Perez – from nearby Folsom, Perez joins the squad with three years of running experience for Vista del Lago High School, running both in the fall and spring. Perez had a personal best time of 17:03 in the 5K and set a personal best of 10:35 in his 2-mile competition.

He set his 5K lifetime best at the 2016 CIF State Cross-Country Championships, helping his team earn a top 15 finish.

On the track, Perez competed in the 800-meters, 1600m and 3200m. In the 3200m, he made it to the Capital Athletic League Championship where he set a season record 10:39.37 to close out his high school career.

Perez plans to study art in media production and looks forward to success both in the classroom and on the course.

“Futuristically I'd like to exceed in my academics and mature in my walk with Christ,” Perez said.

Michael Nusser – a Menifee native and graduate from Paloma Valley High School, he competed all four years for the Wildcats in both cross-country and track and field.

Born to the go the distance, Nusser recorded a personal best time 17:17.0 his senior season in the 3-mile category. In the spring, Nusser ran distance events in track, posting a record time in the 3200m race (11:22.06).

“I took a trip to multiple colleges and Jessup stuck out for me and my family,” Nusser said. “The Christ-centered learning is great, and socially the campus feels welcoming and the students I met on my visit were really nice.”

Nusser seeks to pursue a career as a network security technician and will study computer science, specializing in programming and coding.

Ryan Hanks – residing in Newberg, Ore., Hanks comes over from Newberg High School, where he competed all four years. Hanks will run cross-country and track with the Warriors.

Much like his incoming teammates, Hanks built his career around finishing his final season setting his personal best runs. He crossed the finish line at 18-minutes flat, improving his 5K time by almost two minutes over his previous seasons. On the track, he ran the 1500m and 3000m and was a member of the 4x400 team.

Hanks will study youth ministry with aspirations to be a youth pastor. He looks forward to earning his degree and running with the Warriors.