Dec. 15, 2014
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan men's track and field head coach James Henry announced today (Monday, Dec. 15) the signing of three student-athletes to National Letters of Intent for the early signing period -- Jeryne Fish (Bowie, Maryland/National Cathedral), Lauren Van Vlierbergen (Algonquin, Illinois/Harry D. Jacobs) and Maegan McCarthy (Rockford, Michigan/Rockford). The group will compete for U-M track and field and/or cross country starting in the 2015-16 season.
"Our staff did a commendable job in recruiting this group for the early signing period," said Henry, "Our plan was to sign people in April, but once we found out about the early signing period, we had to kick it into high gear like much of the rest of the country.
"These athletes will be a great addition to our program, and we are very excited for them to join us in Ann Arbor. Each of them can contribute to our future goals, and they are first-rate people off the track who will fit in with our culture and this university. They are well aware of the academic opportunities they will have at Michigan, and we believe that their accomplishments on the track will be special as well. With that said, we are only halfway there in terms of recruiting, and I am confident we will have more in store for the spring."
Jeryne Fish -- Bowie, Md. -- National Cathedral -- Sprints -- Hurdles -- Jumps
A prized national recruit, Fish has rewritten the record books at National Cathedral High School in Washington D.C., setting school records in the long jump, triple jump, 100-meter hurdles and 100-meter dash. Four of those five records were broken at last summer's ISL Championships, where Fish was runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles (15.03 seconds), and placed first in both the triple jump (37 feet, 4 inches) and the long jump (18-0).
At the New Balance Nationals Indoor Championships, she qualified as All-American Long Jump Emerging Elite after taking first place in the event at the Private School Invitational (set meet record), Last Track to Philly and Montgomery Invitational this past year. Fish earned Mile Split U.S. First and Second Team Elite in the long jump (first team; indoor/outdoor), triple jump and 100-meter hurdles (second team; outdoor).
A two-time All-Met honorable mention (2013-14), Fish was named team MVP and All-ISL in 2014 in addition to qualifying as an outdoor AAU All-American at the Junior Olympics (Long Jump) and Club Championship (Long Jump, Triple Jump, Heptathlon) levels. Fish was ranked No. 39 in the nation in the long jump and No. 1 in the D.C. area in both the long jump and 60-meter hurdles.
Off the track, Fish is a member of Prince George's County Diamond Leadership Program, a selective organization through the county's bar association that mentors and develops young ladies into leaders. At this year's Prince George County Women's Empowerment Conference, Fish was chosen as the High School Speaker, and she is also fluent in French. In addition to competing on National Cathedral's varsity field hockey team, Fish was a team captain and national all-star cheerleading champion. Her mother, Pamela Crock earned a law degree from U-M in 1991.
55-meter dash -- 0:07.25
55-meter hurdles -- 0:08.59
60-meter dash -- 0:07.87
60-meter hurdles -- 0:09.27
Long Jump -- 18-5.5
100-meter dash -- 0:12.25
100-meter hurdles -- 0:14.65
Long Jump -- 18-4.5
Triple Jump -- 37-4
Lauren Van Vlierbergen -- Algonquin, Ill. -- Harry D. Jacobs High School -- Distance
As one of the premier distance runners in the nation, Van Vlierbergen collected a number of honors and awards during her career at Jacobs. A three-year captain in cross country and two-year captain in track and field, she has earned five team MVP distinctions in those two sports combined thus far. In track, Van Vlierbergen has earned two years of all-state recognition and three years each of all-district and all-conference awards. In cross country, the has been an all-state selection on three occasions and has picked up all-district and all-conference recognition in each of her four seasons.
Perhaps most notably, Van Vlierbergen collected the Wendy's High School Heisman Award last weekend (Dec. 12) in New York City, making her the first Wolverine signee to earn the prestigious national distinction.
At the high school level, Van Vlierbergen has tallied seven total state medals between track and cross country thus far, including a state title in Class 3A 800-meters. She also earned three straight top-10 finishes at the state meet in cross country (seventh as a freshman, fourth as a sophomore). Most recently as a senior in her final season, her time of 16:48 earned her a runner-up finish in the event.
She holds school records in the three mile (16:47; cross country), 4x800-meter relay (0:9:16; track), 800 meter (02:10.1), 1,600 meter (4:55.4) and 3,200 meter (10:45.1) and also holds 800-meter records at the county (2:12.1) and indoor state (2:11.8) levels.
Off the track and course, Van Vlierbergen is involved in her school's Student Council and Interact Club while serving as the president of the Jacobs Safety Initiative and as an assistant coach Girls on the Run programs, and as the chair of the Founders Day Run committee. She has also lettered in basketball.
Her academic accomplishments are numerous. As an AP Scholar with Honors, Van Vlierbergen is a part of her school's Super Honor Roll and National Honor Society in addition to being on the Student Athlete Leadership Board. She received the President's Volunteer Service Award for completing at least 100 hours of community service each year in school, and she also was a VFW Scholarship recipient for her Voice of Democracy Essay and Speech among other accomplishments.
800-meters -- 2:11.08
1600-meters -- 4:55.50
800-meters -- 2:10.14
1600-meters -- 4:55.40
3200-meters -- 10:44.00
Three-mile -- 16:47.00
5,000-meters -- 17:51.60
Maegan McCarthy -- Rockford, Mich. -- Rockford High School -- Throws
A four-year varsity competitor, McCarthy broke the school record in the discus and shot put last season, managing a discus throws of 137 feet, which was good for a runner-up finish at the state meet. She also finished second in the shot put with a throw of 41-1 3/4, becoming the first Rockford Ram to hold both school records simultaneously.
At season's end, she was named the team's Field Events MVP and also collected Rockford Athlete of the Month honors in May, 2014. At the New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet in Greensboro, North Carolina, in late June, McCarthy finished third in the nation in the shot put at 41-7 3/4 and fifth in the discus at 123-5.
Off the track, she has amassed several academic honors. McCarthy has been on the honor roll at Rockford each trimester of her high school career, and she is also a member of the National Honor Society.
McCarthy is also involved in Rockford's volunteering-based LEO Club and has also lettered in basketball for the Rams. Her grandfather Gordon is a Michigan graduate with a degree in chemical engineering.
Discus -- 137 feet
Shot Put -- 41-7 3/4
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