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Track and Field Signs Three to National Letter of Intent



CHICAGO DePaul head cross country and track and field coach Pat Savage announced the signing of three student-athletes to a National Letter of Intent. The trio joins the Blue Demons for the 2007-08 academic year. Mike Fry, a native of Elmhurst, Illinois and Shannon Lane of Mission Viejo, California will run cross country and track and field, while Jim Theologes of Huntley, Illinois joins the track and field team as a thrower.

Fry ran on the 2005 and 2006 York High School IHSA Class AA State Champion cross country teams. In 2006, he finished ninth among all individuals at the state meet with a time of 14:33. During the 2007 track and field season he was a member of the nation’s fastest 4x800m relay team that recorded a time of 7:43.6. Individually, he finished fourth in the 1,600m run at the 2007 Class AA state finals.

“Mike is one of the top distance runners in Illinois. He comes from a tradition of winning at York and is a real team leader,” Savage said.

Lane, a senior at Trabuco Hills High School, finished first overall at the 2006 Sea View League cross country finals. Most recently, she won the 800m run at the 2007 Sea View League track and field finals with a time of 2:17.13.

“Shannon will improve our cross country team and will be a great addition to our relay teams during the track and field seasons,” Savage said.

Theologes, a senior at Huntley High School, qualified for the 2007 IHSA Class AA state finals in the shot put and discus throw. The 2007 Class AA Rockford Sectional saw him win the shot put with a mark of 16.99m and take second place in the discus with a 49.58m throw.

“Jim comes to us as a shot put specialist, but we are very excited to see him throw the hammer as well. He adds depth to our throwing squad and will give us a boost in BIG EAST Conference Championship scoring,” Savage said.

Stephanie Hughes, Griffin Lawler and Mary Cate Quiett signed the National Letter of Intent during the fall period and join Fry, Lane and Theologes in the class of 2011.

The 2007 cross country season and the 2007-08 track and field seasons mark the Blue Demons’ third year as a member of the BIG EAST.