|July 16, 2014|
NEW ORLEANS — Xavier University of Louisiana announced Wednesday the signing of three more for women's track and field. Joining the Gold Nuggets will be Clarke Allen of Mendenhall, Miss., and Mendenhall High School, Drew Chatters of Lake Charles, La., and St. Louis Catholic High School, and Tyler Row of Baton Rouge, La., and St. Michael the Archangel High School.
Four have signed with coach Joseph Moses' XU women for 2014-15.
Allen was a member of Mendenhall's Class 4A state-champion 800-meter relay teams this year and in 2013. Both times the Lady Tigers set 4A meet records in that event. Allen placed fifth in the 400 at the state meet this year, and she won several district and regional championships for Mendenhall. Her best marks include 12.80 seconds in the 100, 26.55 in the 200, 59.76 in the 400 and 33 feet, 8 inches in the triple jump.
Chatters was a three-sport standout at St. Louis. In track and field she was the Class 3A state champion in the javelin in 2012, and in 2013 she was a member of the Lady Saints' 1,600 relay team which won the 4A championship. Her best throw in the javelin was 131-2 in a second-place finish at the 3A state meet this year.
Chatters helped St. Louis win the 4A state championship in 2013 and the 3A title this year. She was all-district in volleyball and soccer and helped St. Louis reach the state semifinals two times apiece in those sports.
Chatters has two older sisters who attended Xavier. Jodi Chatters was a Gold Nuggets volleyball standout in 2012 and 2013, and Cydney graduated from XU in May. Chatters' mother, aunt and uncle are XU alumni.
Row qualified for the Class 4A outdoor state meet four consecutive years and posted eight top-4 finishes, three apiece in 2012 and 2013. She was a state runner-up in the 100 hurdles this year, the 300 hurdles in 2012 and the 1,600 relay in 2012 and 2013. She was a district champion in the 100 hurdles four consecutive years.
Row placed third this year in the 60 hurdles at the Division I state indoor meet. As a member of the United Southern Express Track Club, Row was All-America in the 100 hurdles and the pentathlon in 2011.
Row's best times are 14.94 in the 100 hurdles, 45.16 in the 300 hurdles and 12.50 in the 100.
Like Chatters, Row has several XU connections. Her mother, an uncle and two cousins attended.
Allen, Chatters and Row will be biology/pre-medical majors at Xavier. Allen was Mendenhall's class valedictorian.
The Nuggets' previously announced signee was Carlie Calais, a distance and middle-distance runner from Breaux Bridge, La.,
Xavier won Gulf Coast Athletic Conference women's outdoor championships three of the past four seasons, including 2013 and 2014. The Nuggets placed 25th at the NAIA National Championships this year.