WICHITA FALLS, Texas — Midwestern State coach Kelsey Bruce released her first cross country and track and field signing class Friday afternoon.
The class includes 15 prep standouts including eight track and field student-athletes and seven cross country prospects.
Here is a breakdown of the class:
Sabrie Alaniz | Abilene, Texas / Abilene HS
Alaniz is a two-time regional qualifier in cross country and twice competed in the Area track meet as a distance specialist at Abilene High School.
She finished as the District 2-6A runner-up in the 3,200-meter run as a senior this spring with a time of 12:52.42 and was fifth at the 1,600-meter distance with a time of 5:49.52.
Alaniz competed in the Region I-6A Cross Country Championships at the close of her sophomore and junior seasons.
She owns top times of 19:41.00 at 5,000 meters, 12:12.81 at 3,200 meters and 5:35.30 at 1,600 meters.
Grace Candeloro | Denton, Texas / Guyer HS
Candeloro closed her prep career with a state qualifying run in the high jump at Denton Guyer High School.
She finished eighth with a jump of 5 feet and 2 inches at UIL Texas Class 6A Championships after taking second in the Region I-6A meet with a personal best mark of 5 feet, 4 inches. The height would be a program record at MSU.
Candeloro opened her prep career claiming District 6-6A titles in the long and triple jumps and owns personal best marks of 16 feet, 6 inches in the long jump and 33 feet 10 inches in the triple jump.
She intends to major in kinesiology at Midwestern State.
Arianna Carballeira | Freer, Texas / Freer HS
Carballeira is a two-time state qualifier and district champion who led Freer High School to its first team district team cross country championship last fall.
She gained regional and state qualification in both of her junior and senior campaigns improving from a 59th-place finish in 2019 to take 11th in 2020.
Carballeira enjoyed success in the spring claiming individual titles in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs at both the District 32-2A and Region IV-2A championships as a senior.
She finished in the Top 10 of her class, served as a class officer and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Carballeira intends to major in radiology at Midwestern State.
Cederia Ellis | Fort Worth, Texas / North Crowley HS
Ellis played a key role in four regional qualifying relay teams during her stellar prep career at North Crowley High.
She was a member of a district and Area championship teams in both the 4×100- and 4×200-meter relay teams.
Ellis is coming off of a tremendous showing the 200-meter dash as a senior this spring placing third at the District 3-6A meet with a season-best time of 25.90. She advance to take fifth at the Area meet.
She also owns a PR of 13.38 in the 100-meter dash set in the 2020 Lancaster Meet of Champions.
Nathalia Escontrias | Odessa, Texas / Odessa HS
Escontrias claimed three district championships during a standout prep career at Odessa High School.
She is a two-time District 2-6A titlist in cross country claiming victories as a junior in 2019 and as a sophomore in 2018 while advancing to the Region I-6A meet three times as a Broncho.
Escontrias also claimed a league individual championship in the 800-meter dash as a sophomore by posting a PR time of 2:21.44, then battled to a runner-up showing as a senior this spring.
She intends to major in radiology at Midwestern State.
Macy Flowers | Vernon, Texas / Vernon HS
Flowers adds to a tremendous family legacy at Midwestern State.
She follows her mother, Mindy Myers, and cousins Drew and Jordan Coffman, but will make her own mark in a new sport. Myers is a member of the MSU Athletics Hall of Honor as a four-year letter winner in basketball from 1991-94 helping the then-Lady Indians to consecutive NAIA National Tournament appearances, while the Coffmans were members of the Mustangs’ LSC title squad in men’s basketball in 2006-07 and advanced to the South Central Region semifinals.
Flowers is a highly decorated athlete in her own right earning UIL Texas Class A All-State honors in track and cross country as a freshman and sophomore at Benjamin High School before moving on to larger Vernon High School where she was a regional qualifier in both sports.
She was a state silver medalist in the 400-meter dash as a sophomore in 2019 with a time of 59.15 after winning the district cross country title as a freshman in 2018.
At Vernon High, she was a district runner-up in cross country as a junior, then qualified for the Region I-4A Championships in the 300-meter hurdles and high jump this spring.
Flowers was a member of the National Honor Society and A Honor Roll at Vernon High. She intends to major in Pre-Dental studies at Midwestern State.
Reece Johnson | Georgetown, Texas / Georgetown HS
Johnson gained regional qualification in three events to close a stellar senior campaign at Georgetown High School.
She rode pair of strong preliminary runs to finish seventh in the 100-meter and eighth in the 300-meter hurdles at the 2021 Region IV-5A Championships. The performances came on the heels of a Area winning, personal best time of 15.43 in the 100-meter hurdles and a fourth-place showing in the 300-meter hurdles posting a PR of 45.14.
Johnson also gained a fifth-place finish in the 4×100-meter relay at the Region IV-5A meet.
As a sophomore, she sprinted her way to a District 18-5A title with a season-best time of 46.04 before finishing as Area runner-up and taking fifth at the regional meet. She also helped the 4×400-meter relay squad claim district and area championships
Daiza Jones | Haltom City, Texas / Haltom HS
Jones comes off of a stellar spring at Haltom High. She claimed the District 3-6A championship in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.59 before taking third in the event at the Area meet. She then ran a personal best time of 1:00.27 in the I-6A Regional meet.
Jones also showed great overall improvement at other distances. She took fifth in the 2000-meter dash at the District 3-6A championship with a time of 26.90 after posting a personal best time of 13.02 in the 100-meter dash earlier in the season.
Jones gained honorable mention Academic All-State accolades from the Texas High School Coaches’ Association (THSCA) and is a member of the Science National Honor Society.
She intends to major in kinesiology at Midwestern State.
Addilyn Keys | Childress, Texas / Childress HS
Keys brings all-around athleticism to Midwestern State as a multi-sport standout at Childress High School.
She closed her prep career with a flourish claiming a District 2-3A in the long jump (17-4) and was the league’s runner-up in the 800-meter dash (2:29.24) earning regional qualification in both events.
Keys twice advanced to the regional meet during cross country season, while finishing sixth overall at the District 8-3A met as a junior in 2019.
She was also a two-time defensive player of the year in basketball.
Reese Lee | McKinney, Texas / North HS
Lee arrives from a competitive program at McKinney North High School under coach Jessica Richards.
She helped the Bulldogs to a regional cross country appearance as a sophomore in 2018 as the District 10-5A runners-up. McKinney North enjoyed a third-place district showing last fall during Lee’s senior campaign.
Lee boasts top times of 20:03 in the 5,000-meter run, 12:33 in the 3,200-meter run and 5:49 in the 1,600-meter run.
Tyshi Reynolds | Dallas, Texas / Skyline HS
Reynolds closed out her prep career on a high note turning in personal best individual performances in the District 10-6A Championships, while also helping Skyline High to regional qualification in the 4×200- and 4×400-meter relays.
She claimed matching fourth-place showings clocking a 59.60 in the 400 and 2:22.91 in the 800.
Reynolds was the district champion in the 800-meter run as a sophomore after claiming district and area championships as part of the 4×400-meter relay squads as a freshman in 2018.
She intends to major in early childhood education at Midwestern State.
Kennedy Smith | Cedar Hill, Texas / Cedar Hill HS
Smith enjoyed a stellar spring season as a two-time regional qualifier at Cedar Hill High.
She helped the Longhorns to a fourth-place finish in the 4×200-meter relay in the Region I-6A meet before finishing 11th in the 4×400-meter relay.
Smith was also a member of Cedar Hill’s regional qualifier in the 4×100-meter relay as a sophomore. The Longhorns placed seventh in the meet.
An experience prep runner, Smith competed on the club level for the Cedar Hill Blaze (2011-17) and the Desoto Nitro (2017-19).
She intends to major in Kinesiology at Midwestern State.
Corinne Thorpe | Grand Prairie, Texas / South Grand Prairie HS
Thorpe capped off a stellar senior campaign with an Area championship in the 100-meter dash.
The four-year varsity letter winner from South Grand Prairie High also clocked a personal-best time of 12.20 to finish as the District 8-6A runner up in 2021 before clocking a 12.43 at Area. She finished seventh in the Region I-6A meet.
Thorpe also helped the Warriors to a runner-up finish at the Area meet in the 4×200-meter relay and a third-place showing in the 4×100.
She intends to major in English at Midwestern State.
Presley Wall | Decatur, Texas / Decatur HS
Wall brings a bevy of big meet experience coming out of a powerhouse program at Decatur High School.
She earned Texas Girls’ Coaches Association (TGCA) All-State honors as a senior helping the Eagles to a seventh-place team finish at the UIL Texas Class 4A Championship pacing 54th overall covering the 3,200-meter course in 13:37.00.
Wall also turned in strong postseason showings finishing seventh in the Region I-4A meet after racing to a ninth-place showing at the District 7-4A Championship.
She was also a member of Decatur’s run to a seventh-place team showing at the 2019 state meet placing 111th overall as an individual.
Wall is also accomplished on the track as a three-time regional qualifier in the 1,600-meter run, then also advanced to the regional meet in the 3,200-meter run as a senior.
She intends to major in psychology at Midwestern State.
D’Nyah Winn | Forney, Texas / Crandall HS
Winn arrives at Midwestern State following a solid senior campaign at Crandall High School.
As a senior, she was a member of two Area qualifying relay squads finishing third in the 4×100-meter relay and fifth in the 4×200-meter relay.
Winn posted the third-best preliminary time in the District 13-5A Championships with a personal best 26.50 in the 200-meter dash before finishing seventh in the finals. She also placed fifth with a personal best leap of 33 feet, 10 inches in the triple jump.
As a sophomore, she helped the Pirates to a pair of regional qualifying performances in the 4×100- and 4×200-meter relays.
She intends to major in respiratory care at Midwestern State.