EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – SIUE women's cross country has tabbed a pair of Illinois runners to join the Cougars this fall.
Haley Miller (Tremont, Illinois) and Jess Clarke (LeRoy, Illinois) will compete for SIUE cross country and track and field.
"They are definitely impact players and will add to our program academically as well," said SIUE cross country Head Coach Eileen McAllister. "We expect them to contribute immediately."
Miller was an All-State performer at Tremont High School after placing 12th at the 2013 IHSA Class 1A state cross country meet. She took sixth at the 2014 IHSA Class 1A meet in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 11 minutes, 11.57 seconds and seventh in the 1,600-meter run in 5:13.57. Tremont's 4x800-meter relay team sped to third place at the state meet. Her finishes helped Tremont to a second-place finish in the Class 1A team standings.
"Haley is a very competitive and athletic individual," said McAllister. "She has a competitive streak in her. I will be interested to see which event she will excel at on the track side."
Miller was a conference champion at both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200-meter run. She earned 12 varsity letters at Tremont with four each from cross country, track and field, and basketball.
"I expect her to come in and contribute in both the training environment and in the competitive arena," said McAllister.
Clarke helped the Downs (Tri-Valley) cooperative team to a seventh-place finish at the 2013 IHSA Class 1A meet. It was the second straight season that Downs (Tri-Valley) earned a top seven spot in the state. She placed 22nd overall as an individual at the state championship and ran the sixth fastest time in school history.
"We're excited to have Jess join us," said McAllister. "She has a lot of room to grow as a runner. I think once she is surrounded by consistent training and a competitive training environment, she will really excel. She has a ton of potential."
An eight-time letter winner at Downs (Tri-Valley), she finished 18th in the IHSA Class 1A 3,200-meter race in 11:55.34.