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Dec. 11, 2002

Virginia head track and field coach Randy Bungard has announced the early signing class for the Class of 2007. “This may be the best overall class we’ve signed since I have been here,” said Bungard, referring to the seven women and one man who have returned National Letters of Intent to the University of Virginia. The majority of the women hail from New Jersey, while the lone male is one of the top prospects in-state. “We have 2 young ladies who lead the U.S. list as 2003’s top returnees in Kim Henry and Meggie Schuelke. Erin Crawford and Porscha Dobson are both ranked in the top 10 in their events as well,” added Bungard. Alex Tatu also signed with Virginia. “Getting Alex to Virginia was a big signing because it shows that we are serious about the middle distance and distance areas at UVa,” said Bungard. “He is a high profile athlete that others in the state will take notice of and hopefully follow. Keeping good talent like Alex in-state is a major goal for our program.”

Virginia’s early signees are as follows:

Erin Crawford (Hillsborough High School, Somerville, NJ)
A 2002 All American at 400m hurdles with a 5th place finish at the National Scholastic Outdoor Championships , Crawford is ranked as the 5th best returning 400m hurdler in the nation with a time of 59.81. She is the New Jersey state champion in the 400m hurdles and the runner-up in the 400m hurdles at New Jersey Meet of Champions

Porscha Dobson (Kent Place School, South Orange, NJ)
Dobson is a 2002 Indoor All American at the 60m hurdles who ranked 7th in the U.S. at 55m hurdles.

Kim Henry (Old Bridge High School, Old Bridge, NJ)
Henry holds the top returning time in the U.S. in the 100m hurdles at 13.48 and is the New Jersey State Champion in the 55m hurdles, the100m hurdles, and the long jump. She was also the runner-up in the 100m hurdles at the New Jersey Meet of Champions

Meghan Hughes (Moorestown High School, Moorestown, NJ)
Hughes was the runner-up in the 1600m and 3200m at the New Jersey state meet and took 3rd place in the 3200m at the New Jersey Meet of Champions. She was also 5th in the 3000m at Penn Relays with a time of 10:04.

Whitney Marsh (Mountain Brook High School, Birmingham, AL)
Marsh is the 2002 Alabama state long jump champion and Alabama state record holder at 19’2 1/2″.

Tiffany Roberts (Southwest Guilford High School, Jamestown, NC)
Roberts, 2002 North Carolina 3A State Champion in the 200m dash at 24.54, was also the 2002 North Carolina 3A State Runner-up at 100m.

Meggie Schuelke (Memorial High School, Houston, TX)
Schuelke is the top returning high jumper in the U.S. at 5’11”. A 2002 All American in the high jump with a 3rd place finish at the National Scholastic Outdoor Championships, Shuelke was the 2001 Texas 5A State Champion in the high jump and earned runner-up honors in 2002.

Alex Tatu (Thomas Dale High School, Chester, VA)
Tatu is the 2001 and 2002 AAA State Cross Country champion, and the 2002 Indoor and Outdoor AAA State Champion in the 1600m Run. He was the 2002 runner-up in the Millrose Mile and has P.R.’s of 1:53.92 in the 800m and 4:14.18 in the mile.

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