The CSU Bakersfield cross country team inked two local runners to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday in Shayla Russell from Independence High School and North High School's Kaylee Moyer.
The two signings mark the first of the 2012 recruiting class for the Roadrunners, which is also the first under CSUB cross country coach Ashley Benson, who took over the reins of the program in 2011 and coached her first season with the 'Runners in the fall.
"They are two of the top runners in Bakersfield and we are glad to keep them in the community," Benson said of Russell and Moyer. "I am excited about their potential and I think they will really make a big impact on the program."
Russell and Moyer have strong cross country backgrounds as they both qualified for the California Interscholastic Federation State Cross Country meet in their senior seasons in the fall of 2011. Russell clocked a time of 20 minutes, 26.6 seconds on the 5K course at Woodward Park in Fresno, Calif., while Moyer recorded a time of 21:09.
In the fall, Russell and Moyer will join an already Bakersfield-heavy squad that listed seven out of 11 student-athletes as hailing from Bakersfield.
Benson said the 2012 recruiting class is not yet complete as she is looking to add a few more runners to the team. She's also talking with possible walk-ons to provide more depth to the CSUB program.