LAFAYETTE – Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns head track and field coach Lon Badeaux announced on Thursday his 2019-20 signing class, featuring 14 student-athletes including 11 from within the state of Louisiana.
The Ragin' Cajuns added 11 newcomers on the women's side and three on the men's side with the class earning a combined 25 state titles in their prep careers, while competing at the regional, national and international levels.
"I feel like we did a great job this year identifying quality student-athletes, especially on the women's side," Badeaux said. "Our coaching staff did an exceptional job hitting the road and talking to kids and coaches. We were able to attract athletes from around the country as well as on the international level, but we are especially excited about the local Louisiana talent we were able to sign."
High school state champions Emoni Coleman (Atlanta, Ga.), Taylor Davis (Benton, La.), Kiana Foster (Loranger, La.), Kennedy London (St. Francisville, La.), Ta'la Spates (Brusly, La.) and Taylor Walls (Houma, La.) were added to the women's side.
Louisiana also added a pair of hometown products on the women's team – distance runners Rosalie Michot (Lafayette HS) and Meredith Hebert (St. Thomas More HS) – along with Cameron Martinez (Jennings, La.), Kelly Goff (St. Francisville, La.) and Shonita Brome (Greenidge, Barbados).
On the men's side, Louisiana added three student-athletes led by two-time state champion, Trejun Jones (Carencro, La.), Samuel Avants (Thibodaux, La.) and Zachary Sampson (Baltimore, Md.).
Capsules on Louisiana's 2019-20 newcomers are:
TREJUN JONES – Sprints – Carencro, La. (Carencro HS) • 2018 Louisiana Class 4A State Champion (100-meters) • 2018 Louisiana Class 4A 4th Place 200m • 2018 Louisiana Class 4A State Champion (4x100-meter relay) • 2018 Louisiana Class 4A State Champion (4x200-meter relay) • 2017 Louisiana Class 4A State Meet (Third-place, 100-meters)
SHONITA BROME – Sprints – Greenidge, Barbados (The Alexandra School) • Represented Barbados at the CARIFTA Games • Bronze Medal in 4x400-meter relay at 2014 CARIFTA Games • Regional competition attended: Cut Games (2010, 2012, 2014), CAC Juniors (2013), CARIFTA Games (2014, 2017)
KENNEDY LONDON – Sprints/Hurdles – St. Francisville, La. (West Feliciana HS) • 2017/2018 Louisiana Class 3A State Champion (100-meters hurdles) • 2017/2018 Louisiana Division II State Champion (60-meter hurdles) • 2018 Louisiana Class 3A State Champion (100-meters) • 2018 Louisiana Class 3A State Runner-up (200-meters)
KELLY GOFF – Distance – St. Francisville, La. (West Feliciana HS) • 2017/2018 Louisiana Class 3A State Runner-up (3,200-meters) • 2018 Louisiana Division II State Runner-up (3,200-meters) • 2017 Louisiana Cross Country State Championships (4th) • 2016 Louisiana Cross Country State Championships (3rd)