Men's Cross Country, Track & Field
Turk Announces 2014-15 Signing Class


April 8, 2014

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - University of Illinois head coach Mike Turk announced the addition of ten athletes for the 2014-15 season on Tuesday.

Matt Burns (Willowbrook HS), Parker Deloye (Barrington HS), Cole Henderson (Pekin HS), Dan Lathrop (Plainfield South HS), Molefi Maat (Cordova HS), Luke Schroer (Wheaton Warrenville South HS), Zack Smith (Downers Grove North HS), Jonathon Wells (Grant HS), Billy Magnesen (Hinsdale Central HS) and Angel Estrada (Highland Park HS) will join the Illinois track and field program next season.

"Our staff has worked very hard to produce this class and we are pleased with the results," said Turk. "This class includes five individual state championships and 57 points at the 2013 Illinois 3A State Meet. We were able add quality guys to the distance, sprint and field event groups that fit the profile and culture of the program. We are very excited about these guys and believe they will be the foundation of a strong competitive program on both the Big Ten and national level throughout their careers."

Matt Burns
Willowbrook High School

 2013 Illinois 3A State Champion in the 400m
 2013 state qualifier in the 200m
 2013 DuPage County Champion in both the 200m and 400m

Parker Deloye
Barrington High School

 Two-time state qualifier in the high jump
 Member of the 4x200m relay team that placed third at the state championships

Cole Henderson
Pekin High School

 2013 Illinois 3A State Champion in the 100m, 200m and long jump
 Accounted for all of the Pekin's 31 points at the state championships
 Illinois Indoor Top Times Champion in the 60m and 200m

Dan Lathrop
Plainfield South High School

 All-State in cross country in 2013 after placing 13th
 Placed fourth at the 2013 Mideast Cross Country Championships
 2013 Southwest Prairie Conference Champion in cross country
 2012 state qualifier in the 3,200m

Molefi Maat
Cordova High School

 Holds the sixth-fastest 60m dash time in the nation
 All-District in football

Luke Schroer
Wheaton Warrenville High School

 All-State in cross country in 2013
 Placed second at the 2013 3A Waubonsie Valley cross country sectionals

Zack Smith
Downers Grove North High School

 Placed third at the 2013 Cross Country State Championships
 Holds the fastest three mile time in Downers North history
 Placed third in the 1600m at the state championships in 2012
 Fifth-place finisher at the Nike Midwest Regional Championships
 Nike National Cross Country Meet qualifier in 2013
 Placed 11th at the Footlocker Midwest Regional
 Placed eighth at the 2012 Cross Country State Championships


Jonathon Wells
Grant High School

 2013 Illinois 3A State Champion in the high jump
 Placed fourth at the USA Junior Nationals
 2013 Illinois Indoor Top Times High Jump Champion
 Fifth-place finisher in the high jump at the 2012 state championships
 Is currently the number one indoor performer in the high jump with a personal-best mark of 7' 2"


Billy Magnesen
Hinsdale Central High School

 All-State in cross country in 2013
 Helped lead Hinsdale Central to a 2014 3A state title in cross country
 High school team also qualified for the Nike National Cross Country Championships


Angel Estrada
Highland Park High School

 All-State in cross country in 2013
 Won the 2013 Libertyville Regional
 Placed third at the 2013 Schaumburg Sectional