Jan. 5, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan women's track and field head coach James Henry and associate head coach Mike McGuire announced on Tuesday (Jan. 5) the signing of six student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the early signing period.
Micaela DeGenero (mid-distance), Julia Hall (sprints/hurdles), Jade Harrison (sprints), Courtney Jacobsen (throws), Meagan Malloy (throws) and Madeline Trevisan (distance) will compete as part of the cross country and/or track and field programs starting in the 2016-17 season.
"Our overall philosophy is balance," said Henry, "and that is exactly what this group of student-athletes brings to our team."
"We want to be a three-tiered attack with the ability to score in distance running, throwing events as well as sprints and jumps, and this class helps us do just that. We are restoring some of the balance we have missed in recent seasons, and we are excited about what this group has to offer."
McGuire agreed that the team did a good job in strengthening several event areas while adding depth to the areas where the team already has reliable contributors.
"We did a good job covering our bases in different disciplines," said McGuire, "and what we are bringing in is a group of accomplished student-athletes who are excited to be Michigan Wolverines, and we're just as excited to have them."
Henry stressed the positive fit of all these student-athletes and their families when speaking to the factors that has him so anxious to get this group on campus.
"The most important factor is academics. All of these kids are academically sound; they are good people with good backgrounds, and we think that they, along with their parents and families, will fit perfectly into our hard-working but talented team. We know they will fulfill the 'student' part of 'student-athlete.'"
McGuire also noted their compatibility with current Michigan athletes and the importance of finding team chemistry on a personal and athletic level in the recruiting process.
"Their ability to mesh with the current roster while on visits was a big part of the equation in terms of fit with this group. Between their athletic ability, the academic opportunities that exist at Michigan and our new facility right around the corner, it's going to be a great four years for this class."
Micaela DeGenero -- Granville, Ohio -- Granville -- Mid-Distance
With another season of eligibility remaining, DeGenero has already compiled an impressive résumé. On the track, she has succeeded at the highest level. When competing at New Balance Outdoor Nationals last summer, she earned two top-10 finishes as a member of the 4x800-meter (eighth place) and 4x1,600-meter (sixth place) relay teams, earning All-America honors. That sixth-place showing stands as an all-time Ohio State record.
Among her six top-10 state performances and four top-five finishes, DeGenero has two individual state championships at 800 meters (2014) and 1,600 meters (2015). She also owns district and regional titles at 1,600 meters and as a member of the 4x800-meter relay team (2014).
DeGenero was recognized as Team MVP in 2014 and holds school records for indoor and outdoor 800- and 1,600-meter events. She also has a place in the record books as a member of the indoor and outdoor 4x400- and 4x800-meter relay teams.
On the cross country course, DeGenero led the Blue Aces to an undefeated season in 2014, culminating in a state championship title with a sixth-place individual finish. Her team earned just a one-point victory for the win, and she climbed from 15th to sixth place over the closing 1,000 meters to seal the title. Prior to the state meet, DeGenero had claimed a pair of regional and district individual titles. In 2015, the Blue Aces followed their state title up with a regional crown (2015).
She was also a two-time Licking County League champion (2014-15), winning league Runner of the Year honors twice (2014-15) in addition to a Division II Central District Runner of the Year recognition (2014). In addition to being Granville's junior program record holder (18:25.9), DeGenero was Team MVP as a senior and has twice been named to all-district and all-region teams (2014-15).
She is also a star in the classroom and will graduate Granville High School as Valedictorian. A four-year honor roll member, DeGenero is a member of the Cum Laude Society and National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society President.
800 meters -- 2:15.08
1,600 meters -- 4:54.12
3,200 meters -- 11:28.95
5K -- 18:20.0
Julia Hall -- Greenwood Village, Col. -- Arapahoe -- Sprints/Hurdles
A team co-captain and Academic All-State honoree in 2015, Hall has shown herself to be a leader on and off the track at Arapahoe High School. She led a state championship 4x400-meter relay team in 2013, while her team earned a runner-up finish.
Hall has taken her success to the national stage, competing at the USATF Youth National Outdoor Track and Field Championships and USATF Junior Olympics Regional Meet last summer. At the regional meet, she won the 400-meter run, and at the Youth Championships, she won the 400-meter race and took third in the 200-meter dash.
In Colorado, Hall has been a five-time all-state honoree, including an eighth-place finish at 200 meters and a fourth-place showing at 400 meters. Her other three all-state finishes came as a member of the 4x200, 4x400 and sprint medley relay teams.
At the Great Southwest Classic meet, she earned a pair of top-five finishes, including a 4x400-meter relay event title, and she was named MVP of the Liberty Bell Invitational and Littleton Championship Meets (twice). Hall holds the Arapahoe school records in the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes and is also a member of record-setting relay teams in the 4x200, the 4x400 and sprint medley relays, making her the owner or a contributor to six program records.
Hall will graduate from Arapahoe High School this spring as a member of the school's honor roll. She also participates in National Honor society.
Maize and Blue is in Julia's blood. Her father, David, earned seven varsity letters in three sports at U-M: (Football, 1980-83; Track and Field, 1981, '83-85; Basketball, 1982) and her sister, Kara Hall, competes as a member of the U-M women's tennis team.
200 meters -- 25.46
400 meters -- 57.81
100 meters -- 12.44
200 meters -- 24.69
400 meters -- 54.94
Jade Harrison -- Sunnyvale, Calif. -- Cupertino -- Sprints
A two-time Varsity Star (2014-15), Harrison helped the Pioneers to the El Camino League Title last spring (2015). She is a two-year state qualifier and last year ran in the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter dashes at the state meet.
She won a 200-meter title at the Central Coast Sectional Championships (2015) and has four other top-five finishes at that meet, four of which are top-three showings, including a runner-up finish in the 400-meter run. Harrison was also a four-time all-league honoree at 200 and 400 meters (2013-14) and two-time team co-MVP (2013-14).
Harrison was named Cupertino's Track and Field Athlete of the Year twice (2013-14) and set school records in the 100- (12.33; 2015), 200 (24.45; 2014) and 400-meter (56.36; 2014) dashes (2014) as well as being a member of the school record-setting 4x100-meter relay team (50.48; 2014).
She also played four years of soccer at Cupertino, earning two varsity letters (2014-15) and serving as a team captain as a senior.
100 meters -- 12.06
200 meters -- 23.91
400 meters -- 55.29
Courtney Jacobsen -- East Greenwich, R.I. -- Toll Gate -- Throws
Jacobsen enters the 2016 season as the top returning hammer thrower in the nation. She became a High School All-American last year, competing at the New Balance National Scholastic Championships and placing fourth. In addition to national-level success, Jacobsen won the USATF New England Hammer Championship for the 15-16 age group (2014) and won her district's Central Division individual title in 2015.
She set her school's freshman hammer record in 2013 and went on to achieve great success at the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RILL) level, where she was a freshman state champion later that year. Jacobsen also earned a Class B hammer throw championship for the Titans in 2015 and has twice been named All-Class in the hammer and weight throw (2014-15).
Jacobsen has a number of individual titles to her name, including hammer titles at the Schomp Invitational, Mt. Pleasant Invitational (2015) and Sons of Italy 3K Hammer Competition (2014). She will graduate from Toll Gate High School this spring as Class Vice President. Jacobsen is also a National Honor Society and French National Honor Society member and also played two years of soccer.
3K Hammer -- 59.08-meters (193-10 ft.)
4K Hammer -- 54.40-meters (178-6 ft.)
20-lb. Weight -- 15.34-meters (50-4.25 ft.)
Meagan Malloy -- Greenville, R.I. -- Smithfield -- Throws
The No. 6 returning hammer thrower in the nation, Malloy won the individual state title in the Hammer Throw last spring (2015), helping lead her team to the team championship. She is a two-year competitor at the New Balance Indoor and Outdoor National meets, where she finished 10th in the hammer last summer. Malloy also competed at the 2015 USATF National Junior Outdoor meet, placing third in the hammer.
A three-time division champion (2014; outdoor hammer and shot put, 2015; outdoor hammer), she was also the freshman state champion in the indoor weight throw and outdoor shot put (2013) and won the Class C title in last year's outdoor hammer final.
The current program record holder in the weight throw and hammer throw, Malloy will graduate Smithfield High School as a member of the National Honor Society and as part of the National Society of High School Scholars. She was also a three-year letterwinner with the Sentinels field hockey team, winning a state title.
Weight Throw -- 14.55-meters (47-9 ft.)
3K Hammer -- 55.47-meters (182 ft.)
Maddy Trevisan -- Farmington, Mich. -- Farmington -- Distance
Already crowned the 2015 Ms. Cross Country for the State of Michigan, Trevisan will join the Wolverines as a highly-decorated distance athlete. She won the Foot Locker Midwest meet last fall, finishing 13th place individually to secure second team All-Midwest honors for Team Michigan. She is a two-time all-state honoree (2014-15) and three-year qualifier, finishing third place overall as a senior.
Trevisan has also won the regional championship twice (2014-15) to go along with three all-county honors, a pair of Oakland Athletics Association (OAA) White League individual titles and three all-league honors. Both those individual championships propelled the Falcons to league titles.
A two-year Observerland All-Area team captain (2014-15) and three-year honoree, Trevisan is the 5K school-record holder with three all-county honors under her belt (2013-15).
On the track, Trevisan also owns the Falcons' school records at 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters. She competed at the highest national level, running at New Balance Outdoor Nationals in 2015. There, she placed 11th in the 5,000-meter run and earned a 15th-place showing in the two-mile race.
At the state level, Trevisan is a two-time all-state athlete, earning the recognition at 1,600 meters (indoor) and 3,200 meters (outdoor) in 2015. She is also a two-time all-league, all-county and Observerland All-Area Team honoree.
For all her success on the track and cross country course, Trevisan has the academic credentials to match. She will graduate Farmington High School as an AP Scholar with honors, serving her peers as Class President and National Honor Society President.
Trevisan also won the Superintendent's Award and has been awarded Academic All-State in both cross country and track and field. She is the daughter of two Wolverines and earned four other varsity letters at Farmington: one in soccer and three in basketball, even winning best defender (2013) and most improved (2014) on the court with a Coach's Award in soccer (2013). In fact, Trevisan helped her Michigan Jaguars travel soccer team to a state championship in 2013, qualifying them for the national competition one year later in 2014.
1,600 meters -- 5:07.46
3,200 meters -- 11:02.93
1,600 meters -- 5:04
3,200 meters -- 10:40.12
5,000 meters -- 17:17.72
5K -- 17:31.7
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