March 4, 2013
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's track and field head coach Fred LaPlante announced today (Monday, March 4) the signing of 10 student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. The group will compete for the Wolverines in track and field and/or cross country starting in the 2013-14 season.
2013 Recruiting Class:
Billy Bund (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest HS) - Distance
Will Burke (Edina, Minn./Edina HS) - Distance
Grant Cartwright (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty HS) - Discus
Khoury Crenshaw (Solon, Ohio/Solon HS) - Sprints
Ben Flanagan (Kitchener, Ontario, Canada/St. Mary's HS) - Distance
Cory Glines (Canton, Ohio/Louisville HS) - Distance
Philip Johnson (Southfield, Mich./Wylie E. Groves HS) - Sprints
Louis Lamberti (Petoskey, Mich./ Petoskey HS) - High Jump
Connor Mora (Cedar Springs, Mich./Cedar Springs HS) - Distance
Cody Snavely (Milford, Mich./Milford HS) - Distance
"This class certainly represents the highest caliber of athletes we've signed in several years," said LaPlante. "Coach Gibby and coach Saatara did outstanding work in finding the best student-athletes who fit into our university and Athletic Department environment. All of our event areas -- sprints, jumps, throws and distance will be improved with people from this incoming class. While we will continue to recruit and attract more prospects for next year, we are very excited to welcome these quality student-athletes to Michigan."
Billy Bund Lake Forest, Ill. Lake Forest HS Distance
As a team captain for the cross country team his senior year, Bund earned All-State and All-Midwest honors and was named Cross Country Runner of the Year by the Pioneer Press. As a junior, he received All-North Suburban Conference and All-Lake County accolades.
In addition to his success at Lake Forest, he also finished 20th at Nike Cross Nationals and 16th at the Footlocker Midwest Regional in November 2012.
On the track as a junior, he won the North Suburban Conference 1,600-meter title, setting a new conference record. At the IHSA semifinals, he clocked a new 1,600-meter personal best with time of 4:15.25 to qualify for the state finals, where he finished 10th in 4:16.0. Bund earned All-Lake County and All-North Suburban Conference honors for his efforts.
Off the track, he is the National Honor Society treasurer, a member of Student Council and was voted Homecoming King this past fall.
3 Mile -- 14:17 (cross country)
5K -- 15:23 (cross country)
1,600m -- 4:15.25 (outdoor)
Assistant Coach Alex Gibby
"Billy had an outstanding fall, finishing fourth in the Illinois state cross country championships, as well as 16th in the Foot Locker Midwest regional and we believe that's indicative of the growth we'll see in his track performances this year. He's already a very good high school miler, and we believe that by the end of his senior season he could be a special one. We look forward to having him in the Maize and Blue over the next four years."
Will Burke Edina, Minn. Edina HS Distance
Burke is a four-time All-Lake Conference honoree and three-time All-Section (6AA) selection in cross country. He qualified for the Minnesota state cross country meet three consecutive years, finishing 12th in 2012 and fourth in 2013.
On the track, he helped lead Edina to the Lake Conference title in 2011. As a junior in 2012, he won the Lake Conference 3,200-meter title. Following his junior season, Burke earned All-Section honors in the 3,200- and 1,600-meter run, as well as All-State recognition in the 1,600-meter run after placing fourth at the state meet.
In addition to his success at Edina, Burke also finished 12th at the 2012 Nike Cross Heartland Regional.
5K -- 15:18 (cross country)
1,600m -- 4:17 (outdoor)
3,200m -- 9:18 (outdoor)
Assistant Coach Alex Gibby on Burke:
"Two years ago we went to Minnesota and attracted Mason Ferlic, who is a big piece of what we're trying to do, and we feel like Will fits the same profile. To place second in a state championship in a state as competitive as Minnesota and to finish in the top 25 in an 8,000-meter race at the USA junior cross country championship shows his ability to be an impactful performer for us in the near future."
Grant Cartwright Powell, Ohio Olentangy Liberty HS Discus
Entering his senior track and field season, Cartwright is the top returning discus thrower in the nation with a school-record holding mark of 195-0 feet, as well as the defending state discus champion in Ohio. As a junior, he won every regular-season discus competition, defended his county titles in the shot put and discus from 2011, and went on to win the state discus title. In addition to winning the discus title at the 2012 OHSAA state meet, he also recorded a 12-foot personal-best mark of 57-9 in the shot put. Following the season, he was named an All-Ohio Academic honoree and earned All-Region first team accolades in the shot put.
Cartwright is also a four-year letterwinner in football, where he earned first team All-County and honorable mention All-District honors as a senior.
Discus -- 195-0 ft.
Shot put -- 57-9 ft.
Assistant Coach Mohamad Saatara on Cartwright:
"Grant is a very strong addition to our throws group. He brings a lot of physical talent and ability along with great dedication and competitiveness, which will be a great complement to our current group. He is a very talented discus thrower with a very bright future here at Michigan."
Khoury Crenshaw Solon, Ohio Solon HS Sprints
Crenshaw is the defending Ohio state champion in the 100-meter dash. At the 2012 OHSAA state meet he also finished fourth in the 200-meter dash and was a member of the seventh-place 4x100-meter relay. He also set a new school record at Solon in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.55 as a junior. Following the season, he earned All-Northeast Ohio Conference and All-Ohio honors for the third straight year.
Crenshaw is also a four-year letterwinner in football. Off the field, he is a Merit Roll student and is an active member of SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).
60m -- 6.93 (indoor)
200m -- 22.48 (indoor)
100m -- 10.55 (outdoor)
200m -- 21.48 (outdoor)
Head Coach Fred LaPlante on Crenshaw:
"Every program seeks to have a top level sprinter and in Khoury Crenshaw we'll have one of the best. Of course, we were initially attracted to his performances in high level competition, but what really sold us on Khoury is how he goes about his business with his teammates and how he conducts himself off the track. We expect him to have an immediate impact for us, but he should continue to improve throughout his experience at Michigan."
Ben Flanagan Kitchener, Ontario, Canada St. Mary's HS Distance
As a junior, Flanagan won his second straight Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) 7K cross country title, after finishing third in 2009. He has also been a member of the Canadian Junior National Team for the past three years and most recently finished third at the 2012 NACAC Championships in Port of Spain, Trinidad. He also placed second at the Junior Canadian Cross Country Championships in 2012 and seventh in 2011.
On the track, he finished third at the 2012 OFSAA Championships in the 3,000-meter run. Flanagan placed second in both the 1,500- and 3,000-meter run at the 2011 OFSAA meet, as well as third in the 3,000-meter run in 2010.
Flanagan saw a successful 2011 on the international scene, as he finished 16th in the 1,500-meter run at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Lille, France and second in the 3,000-meter run at the Canadian Youth Nationals. In 2010 he took second in the 2,000-meter run at youth nationals.
Off the track, Flanagan is also a three-year Honor Roll student and earned the St. Mary's Academic Excellence Award in 2010 and 2011.
8K -- 24:34 (cross country)
1,500m -- 3:52.46 (outdoor)
3,000m -- 8:24.33 (outdoor)
Assistant Coach Alex Gibby on Flanagan:
"We feel that Ben is one of the best young distance runners in North America. With his background and accomplishments in high school from 1,500 to 8,000 meters, as well as his international experience at the 2013 NACAC and IAAF World Cross Country Championships, we think that Ben can make an impact for us sooner rather than later, and it's exciting to reopen our traditional recruiting pipeline to Ontario."
Cory Glines Canton, Ohio Louisville HS Distance
In his final season of cross country, Glines won the district and regional championship and finished runner up at the Ohio state meet, earning All-Ohioan honors. Following the season, he was named Stark County Runner of the Year and team MVP for the second straight year, and earned a spot on the Nike All-Midwest first team. He holds the Louisville school record in the 5K with a time of 15:20, which he recorded in his runner-up performance at the OHSAA Cross Country State Championships.
At the Nike Cross Country Midwest Regional, he finished seventh with a time of 15:40.
On the track, Glines won the outdoor state title in the 1,600-meter run with a DIII state meet record-setting time of 4:12 as a junior in 2012.
800m -- 1:54 (outdoor)
1,600m -- 4:12 (outdoor)
3,200m -- 9:13 (indoor)
5K -- 15:20 (cross country)
Assistant Coach Alex Gibby on Glines:
"We're excited about Cory's decision to join us at Michigan. As a strength-trained miler in high school, we feel he has the ability to help us on the Big Ten and national level in cross country as well as track and field. He's done very well coming out of his junior year in both cross country and track, but we feel like it's just the tip of the iceberg in terms of his capability both in the short and long term."
Philip Johnson Southfield, Mich. Wylie E. Groves HS Sprints
Johnson earned Division I All-State honors in the 200-meter dash, 400-meter dash and 4x400-meter relay as a junior, finishing third in the 200 and 400 and second in the 4x4 relay at the MHSAA Division I State Championships. He set new school records in the 200- and 400-meter dash with times of 22.17 and 48.31, respectively, at that meet.
He earned All-America honors at the USATF National Junior Olympics in the 400-meter dash in 2011 and '12, placing fifth and ninth, respectively. He also received All-America distinction at the 2012 AAU Junior Olympic Games, where he finished 14th.
200m -- 22.17 (outdoor)
400m -- 48.31 (outdoor)
Head Coach Fred LaPlante on Johnson:
"We are very impressed with Philip's style of running and what can he bring to our 400-meter group. He's proven to be a big meet performer and should be able to transition well in his first year."
Louis Lamberti Petoskey, Mich. Petoskey HS High Jump
As a junior, Lamberti won the outdoor Big North Conference, regional and MHSAA Division 2 State Championships in the high jump. His performance at the state meet of 6-8 made the list of Top 10 Local Sports Stories of the Year by the Petoskey New Review.
During the 2012 indoor season, he set a new school record in the high jump with a leap of 6-10, and went on to set a new school record as a member of the outdoor 4x400-meter relay team with a time of 3:27.20. Following the season, he earned All-Area first team honors.
He is also a three-year letterwinner in soccer, three-time letterwinner in football as place kicker and is currently in his second year on the varsity basketball team.
High Jump -- 6-10 (indoor)
High Jump -- 6-8 (outdoor)
4x4 Relay -- 3:27.20 (outdoor)
Assistant Coach Mohamad Saatara on Lamberti:
"Louis has a lot of untapped potential, but is a very good competitor. We are very excited to be able to develop him in the high jump, where he will be a very strong addition to our group."
Connor Mora Cedar Springs, Mich. Cedar Springs HS Distance
As a senior in cross country, Mora was the MHSAA Division 2 State Champion and was named Michigan's Mr. Cross Country by the Michigan Interscholastic Track Coaches Association. He finished ninth at the Footlocker Midwest regional (15:09) to qualify for the Footlocker Cross Country Championships, where he finished 29th overall with a time of 15:58. Mora holds Cedar Springs' school cross country record in the 5K with a time of 14:54.
On the track as a junior in 2011, Mora won MHSAA Division 2 outdoor state titles in the 800- and 1,600-meter run, as well as the indoor state title in the 1,600-meter run. He currently holds school records in the 800-meter run (1:54) and 1,600-meter run (4:09). At the 2011 Midwest Distance Festival, he finished runner up.
5K -- 14:54 (cross country)
3,200m -- 9:22 (indoor)
800m -- 1:54 (outdoor)
Mile -- 4:10 (outdoor)
1,600m -- 4:09 (outdoor)
3,200m -- 9:26 (outdoor)
Assistant Coach Alex Gibby on Mora:
"Connor was a big commitment for us this fall. As the top returning miler in the Midwest, Connor has shown the potential to step in right away for us and be a factor in the middle distances and the relays. His cross country background as a Michigan state champion and Foot Locker national finalist also shows the ability to contribute in cross country, as well over the long term."
Cody Snavely Milford, Mich. Milford HS Distance
Snavely helped lead Milford to back-to-back Division I MHSAA state titles in cross country in 2012 and 2013, as well as a No. 3 national ranking in 2013. In 2010 and 2011, Milford placed fourth at the MHSAA state meet. Burke won the individual Oakland County championship as a junior in 2011. He is a two-time All-KLAA Conference first team (2012, '13), All-Region (2012, '13) and All-State (2012, '13) honoree, and three-time All-Oakland County (2011, '12, '13) selection.
During the 2013 indoor season, Snavely anchored the two-time state champion distance medley relay team (2012, '13), and in 2012 was a member of the state runner-up 4x800-meter relay.
As a sophomore he helped Milford win the KLAA Conference title, contributing 15 points to the winning effort. He is a two-time All-Region selection in outdoor track and field (2011, '12) and also earned All-Conference and All-Country recognition as a sophomore in 2011.
Off the track, the Honor Roll student is a member of National Honor Society, DECA and Spanish Club and received the Board of Education Distinguished Achievement Award in 2012.
800m -- 2:01 (indoor)
800m -- 2:01 (outdoor)
1,600m -- 4:23 (indoor)
1,600m -- 4:23 (outdoor)
3,200m -- 9.27 (outdoor)
Assistant Coach Alex Gibby on Snavely:
"Cody comes from one of the best high school cross country programs in the state of Michigan in Milford High School and has done a great job there, finishing fourth in the Michigan Division 1 state cross country meet. We feel that he'll be a great addition to what we're trying to do in cross country, and as he develops, he'll make an impact on the Big Ten and national levels on the track."
Contact: Whitney Dixon (734) 763-4423