May 29, 2013
For Immediate Release
Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Indiana Tech men's track and cross country teams, fresh off their NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship, have added two more athletes to their distance squad for the fall of 2013. Both Kyle Gater (Ft. Wayne, IN/Carroll HS) and Nick Thomas (Bath, MI/Bath HS) will compete in cross country and mid-distance events for the Warriors next year.
Kyle Gater comes in as one of the most accomplished high school runners to join the program. This past fall he posted a season-best of 16:00 at the IHSAA state finals cross country meet, placing him 28th in the one-class finale. He has also has run 1:59 (800) and 4:28 (1600).
Nick Thomas also has a lot of potential, coming from a less accomplished program where he was frequently asked to run four events for his team, often sacrificing his potential in any one event. However, he was able to muster PR's of 17:05 (XC), 2:00 (800), and 4:41 (1600).
Coach Wolfe on the signings: "Obviously, these guys will go a long way toward developing our distance program. They each bring with them a lot of racing experience, having run all four years of high school. They are also coming into an environment which is already very talented and very competitive, which means they won't have to bear the same expectations that the upperclassmen will. But if they come in with the intent on contributing, I'm confident they will. Kyle gives us an extremely versatile front runner. He can be a top-5 guy on a top-15 team, and then turn around and be a national qualifier on one of our relays on the track. And Nick gives us depth in the mid-distance events to be able to support a top-notch 4x8 along with a distance medley relay, without sacrificing the potential of an individual qualifier in those events. I believe that both will impact our program as freshmen. With how far we have come, it is amazing to still be finding this level of athlete. We are so blessed at Indiana Tech."
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