HOUSTON – Rice University men’s track and field head coach Jon Warren announced on Thursday the signing of six student-athletes to the Owls program via national letters of intent.
“I’m really excited about this class as a whole,” Warren said. “This is a well-rounded group that can help us both in cross country and track. They will be able to help us in the long term and have a real chance to score immediate points for us at conference in the short term.”
Trenton Fryman, from Goshen, KY (North Oldham HS), ranked as the number two cross country runner in the state of Kentucky and was eighth as just a sophomore. Fryman won a state title in the 1600m as a junior before placing second in the event his senior campaign, establishing a personal best time of 4:15.39 in the 1600m. He also placed second at state in the 3200m as a junior and fourth in 2015.
Matthew Murray, from Pearland, Texas (Pearland Dawson HS), recorded the number two mark (3:57.85) in Texas among juniors in the 1500m in 2015, which converts to 4:13 in the 1600m. Murray also established a time of 1:54.61 in the 800m.
James McNaney, a native of Longview, Texas (Longview Pine Tee HS), is currently ranked as the No. 17 senior pole vaulter in the nation and has a personal best of 15’10”. Last season he finished the year with the 13th-best junior vault in the country.
Christian Cannon, out of Frisco, Texas (Frisco Wakefield HS), finished ninth in the nation for seniors in the indoor pole vault and established a personal best mark of 15’8” thus far.
Jesse Roberts, from Sanderson, Texas (Sanderson HS), is the youngest brother of current Owls, Will Roberts, and former Owl, Travis Roberts. Roberts won back-to-back 1A state championships titles in the 1600m in 2014-15 and was second in the 800m at the state championship in 2015.
Adam Bender, from Phoenix, AZ (Desert Vista HS), will train to compete in the decathlon while at Rice.
The six signees join Michael Yow (fall signee) to complete the 2016 signing class.