While the Baylor football team got most of the signing day publicity, the track and soccer teams quietly added to their classes.
The soccer team added six players, while track added eight, including five state champions, in its initial signing phase.
“This is one of the smallest groups we have ever signed, because we didn’t have a lot of scholarships to offer and we expect to add a few down the road,” head coach Todd Harbour said in a statement. “However, we are very, very excited and proud of the group we are signing.”
Three women and five men make up the track class. For the men, the focus was distance runners. Matthew Parham, of Sugar Land, won the TAPPS 4A state title in the 800 and was the runner-up in the mile. He’ll be joined in distance events by Nashville’s Eric Anderson; the Tennessee Division II-2A state cross country champ; East Bernard’s Daniel Garza, who placed second in the Class 2A 800; and Tristan Pelto, of Colorado Springs.
Alexis Robinson, who won a state 400 sprint title at Eureka, Calif., also signed with the men.
For the women, Crawford’s Ann-Marie Dunlap, the 2A state 3,200- and 1,600-meter champion, will enter with two other Texas standouts. The Woodlands’ Kaitlynn Lindsey brings her middle distance ability, and hurdler Kiana Hawn, of Forney, are the other two members. Hawn won the 100 and 300 state title in Class 4A.
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Co-head coach Marci Jobson expects the six-player, versatile signing class to turn that around and lead the Bears back to the NCAA tournament.
“They are athletic, they can jump, they can run fast, but they’re also good soccer players,” she said in a statement. “They’re smart ... Technically, they are all very good on the ball as well.”
Precious Akanyirage is a “superb athlete” that can fill in a few positions, Jobson said. The 5-8 defender from Pleasanton, Calif., played four years on varsity and made the California North Olympic development squad.
Speedster Tatyanna Lewis, of Escondido, Calif., played soccer and track for San Pasqual and qualified for state track in four sprint events.
Delanie Davis, sister of former Bear Carlie, will join the center squad.
Other signees are center-mid Kathryn Milberger, of San Clemente, Calif.; defender Lauren O’Connell, of Bakersfield, Calif.; and midfielder Jamie Yearout, of Overland Park, Kan.