Heisler Signs Six to National Letter of Intent for 2006-07
BLOOMINGTON, Ind.-- Director of Track and Field Randy Heisler announced the signing of Mackenzie Cutter (Brownstown, Ind./Brownstown Central), Rachel Ehret (Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North), Paul Haas (Noblesville, Ind./Noblesville), Ashley Rhoades (Columbia City, Ind./Columbia City), Faith Sherrill (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) and Eric Werskey (Seymour, Ind./Seymour) to national letters of intent. All six will enroll in the fall of 2006 and will be eligible to compete for the 2006-07 season.
Below is a short biography of the signees:
Cutter is a three-time conference champion in the discus and also holds the Brownstown Central High School record (39.44m/129-5.00) in the same event. As a freshman, she qualified for states in the discus and in 2005, finished sixth in the state finals. Cutter also holds freshman records in the shot put, discus, 400m relay and 1,600m relay. She earned the Most Improved Award and All-Conference Honorable Mention accolades after her freshman campaign.
Born on July 12, 1987, Mackenzie is the daughter of Barry and Teresa Cutter. She plans on majoring in exercise science at Indiana.
"I chose to come to Indiana because of the quality of the track program, the high academic standards and because it is close to home," Cutter said.
Coach Heisler says... "I have watched her grow up as she came to our camp for a number of years. I have always felt that athletically she is someone who has great potential. This year (as a senior in high school) she is going to come into her own. She is a very bright young lady and I very excited to have her on the team."
A 2003 & 2004 state qualifier and county champion in the mile, Ehret captured a ninth-place finish in the event in '04 with a time of 5:08. Also a member of Lawrence North cross country team, she earned All County, All Conference, Sectional honors en route to becoming a Regional Champion. She also was tabbed All Semi- State, and All State in cross country. Ehret earned the Athlete of Character award and was nominated for the IHSAA Drug Free Poster. She was also a member of the basketball team.
Born on Feb. 8, 1988, Rachel is the daughter of Jed and Denise Ehret. Her intended major at Indiana is exercise science.
"I chose Indiana University because I liked the program, coach, and group of girls on the team," Ehret said.
Coach Heisler says... "Rachel is an outstanding distance runner. She will really help us next year, as we graduate some key runners. I enjoyed watching her succeed at the high school level and we are excited to see how well she does for Indiana."
Haas, a competitor in the discus and shot put, won the 2005 Regional title in the discus with a heave of 52.54m/172-4.00. He also placed 12th in the discus and 13th in the shot put at the state meet.
Haas currently holds Noblesville High School's second-best mark in the discus and fourth-best mark in the shot put. In addition, he was named the 2004 Noblesville Track and Field Team's Most Valuable Field Athlete.
Aside from track, Haas is an honor student and is currently serving as president of the Spanish Club. He's also earned two varsity letters in football.
Born on Sept. 12, 1987, Paul is the son of Steve and Cindy Haas. He plans on pursing a major in marketing or finance at Indiana.
"I was convinced that Indiana University provided the best opportunity to compete at the highest collegiate level, while securing the caliber of education I desired." Haas said.
Coach Heisler says... "Paul also is a young man that came to our camp last summer. Looking at him physically, I think he is a diamond in the rough athletically. He has really come on strong. If he can make the same progression that he did over his high school career, that will put him as one of best in the country in the discus when he comes to Indiana."
A three-time state qualifier in the high jump, Rhoades turned in fourth-place finishes at the 2004 and 2005 ISHAA Meet. She also was a conference champion two years in a row in the high jump and a sectional champion in the 400m. Rhoades was a member of the 4x400m relay team that went to the state finals in 2005.
Rhoades also competed in basketball and was selected to the second team All-Conference squad during her junior campaign. She also participated in cross country and volleyball at Columbia City High School.
Born April 13, 1988, Ashley is the daughter of Lamonte and Tonya Rhoades. She plans on pursuing a career in business at IU.
"After visiting other colleges, there was no comparison to the coaching staff and facilities that IU offered," Rhoades said. "I also have always liked red and white."
Coach Heisler says... "Ashley is one of the best returning high jumpers in the state of Indiana. We had a great visit with her. She will definitely be among the top high jumpers at the state meet this year, if not the state champion. She is probably just now beginning to see what she can do and we are hoping she continues to get better and better throughout her college career."
A state qualifier in 2004 and 2005 in both the shot put and discus, Sherrill won the shot put at the regional meet and took second in the discus en route to earning All-Conference honors. At the 2005 state meet, Sherrill finished third in the shot put and 13th in the discus. A member of the second team All-State and All-Area team, she holds the school record in both the shot put (13.23m/43-5.50) and discus (40.52m/132-11.00).
Sherrill is also a member of the National Honor Society, the Athletics Council and is a Distinguished Scholar at Northrop. She competed in volleyball and basketball, earning second team All-Conference honors in both. Sherill has served as captain of all three sports while at Northrop High School.
Born April 5, 1988, Faith is the daughter of Sidney and Tanya Sherrill. She plans on majoring in early childhood and elementary education.
"Indiana has an excellent educational program," Sherill said. "I also loved their fan support at all the sporting events. The school is very close to home, and I was impressed with the team chemistry as they work together. I also have two old teammates, Kyndal Carr and Zakiya Robinson, that are currently on the IU Track team. Coach Heisler is a knowledgeable coach and I can't wait to work with him."
Coach Heisler says... "Faith really caught my attention last year at the state track meet. When I looked at all the other athletes, she really stood out to me because she is so tall and very athletic. At her size, I think she may be the most athletic thrower we have ever recruited. Getting her to believe and understand what her physical attributes are and what she can achieve will be our ultimate goal when she arrives at IU. She has no limits, and you will see her emerge at the conference and national level."
The 2005 ISHAA state champion in the discus, Werskey also holds six different records including the junior class state record in the shot put, Seymour High School records in the discus and shot put, the Seymour Invitational discus and shot put records and the Jefferson Invitational shot put mark.
Werskey also earned NIKE All-America honors in the discus at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, NC, after a sixth-place in the discus (54.91m/180-02). He is also an All-State and All-Conference honoree and earned Co-MVP and Area Track and Field Athlete of the Year accolades in 2005.
He is also a member of the basketball and football teams for the Fighting Owls. An All-State honorable mention in football, Werskey earned All-Conference and All-Area accolades for three-straight years. On the hardwood, he was named Jackson Player of The Year and was picked fourth team All-State by Hoosier Basketball Magazine.
Born on July 17, 1987, Eric is the son of James and Christine Werskey. He is undecided on a major at Indiana.
"Through the recruiting process, I felt most comfortable with Coach Heisler," Werskey said. "I felt a good connection between the two of us. While I was visiting, I had a stand-out feeling and knew that IU was the place for me."
Coach Heisler says...
"Eric is another athlete that has been to our camps for several years. He is a wonderful young man. I have watched him grow up and develop. He is big, strong, athletic and has all the tools. I am excited that he made the decision to focus on one sport in college. I want to help him achieve his goals, which is to throw as far as he possible can. He will be a great addition to our team next season."
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