EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. – SIUE Track and Field Head Coach Kareem Jackson will have notable depth for the 2012-13 after adding four standouts to the Cougar roster.
SIUE has added Trevor Morgan (Sparta), Evan Morgeson (Imperial, Mo.), Davinn Smith (Miami, Fla.), and Dalton Timm (Springfield) to the roster.
Morgan, who competed at Sparta High School, will add depth in the middle distance group and cross country. A member of the Class A fourth-place 3,200-meter relay team, Morgan will bring to the team a hard-working mentality.
"Trevor has a tremendous work ethic and is capable of adding an immediate impact to our program, and we are looking forward to seeing him develop over the next four years," said Jackson.
Morgeson, of Seckman Senior High School, will join the SIUE men's distance group. A competitor at the Nike Nationals Midwest Regionals, Jackson said Morgeson has untapped potential since he only started running cross country as a junior. Morgeson also is an accomplished wrestler and musician.
"His desire to be the best he can will help him to develop into a contributor against our opponents in the Ohio Valley Conference," Jackson added.
Smith, of Miami Central High School, will compete in the 200 and 400 for the Cougars. He led his prep team to a 4 X 400 relay state championship and finished fourth in the 400 at the Florida State Championships.
"Davinn comes to our team with both power and speed which are two components we look at when recruiting quarter-milers. He has a lot of potential and room to develop. He has only competed in track and field one outdoor season. Although his times don't jump out at you his will to win does. I was convinced after talking to his high school coach and seeing him run in the state finals of the 4 X 400 relay. He ran the anchor leg and brought his team back from 4th place to eventually winning the race," said Jackson.
Timm, of Springfield High School, also will compete in the sprint events. He is scheduled to line up for the 100, 200, and 400. Timm placed fourth in the 100 finals (10.74) at the Illinois High School State Championships. He ran the anchor leg of the 4 X 100 and the second leg of the 4 X 400 for Springfield and took fourth in both events his senior season. He also holds a personal best 48.90 in the 400. Also recruited as a soccer player, Timm decided track was his sport of choice.
"Dalton has that fearless attitude it takes to be a good sprinter. With limited experience running track and field, the sky is the limit for Dalton. He really came on strong at the end of the season developing into one of the top sprinters in the state," said Jackson.
"What we are most excited about with our incoming class is their attitude and love of competition. They chose SIUE to make a statement as we enter the Ohio Valley Conference and the Division I era. They already have a strong connection to each other and the team," added Jackson. "They are a talented and fun group."