BUFFALO, NY – The State University of New York, Buffalo cross country and track & field director and head coach Vicki Mitchell announced the signing of three athletes to National Letters of Intent. The Bulls have added Chardae Henry – a distance runner from Oshawa, Ontario, Brittany Fuller – a distance runner from Port Jervis, NY and Jillian Decker – a middle-distance runner from New Windsor, NY to the 2015-16 teams.
A product of R.S. McLaughlin C.V.I, Henry placed 12th at the OFSAA Cross Country Championships and has clocked personal-best performances of 4:31.57 in the 1,500-meter run and 9:58.25 in the 3,000. "Chardae becomes the fastest incoming freshman we have ever brought to the University at Buffalo and our T&F/XC programs," Mitchell praised. "She is extremely versatile on the track and has great strength in cross country. She will make a big impact as we continue to develop the women's distance program at UB. Chardae brings experience and knowledge in racing at high level meets."
Fuller, out of Port Jervis High School, has a PR of 10:19.95 in the 3K. "Brittany finished fourth at the New York State Cross Country Championships, and is an extremely tough competitor. She will come in and provide strength in our top five women in XC, and has tremendous potential," Mitchell stated.
Decker, who attends Cornwall High School is a middle-distance specialist who was a 2014 state finalist in the 800 run. She's recorded career-best times of 2:14.77 in the 800 and 57.38 in the 400 dash. "We have watched Jill develop over the last two years and her upside is tremendous," Mitchell commented. "She is going to continue to strengthen the University at Buffalo middle-distance tradition and add depth and quality to the program."
The Bulls cross country teams concluded their 2014 seasons on Friday at the NCAA Northeast Region Championships. Track & field competition will commence on Jan. 16 with the Gotham Cup held at the Armory in New York City.