FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas Razorback women's track and field head coach Lance Harter announced the addition of four student-athletes for the Hogs' 2009-10 roster. Harter's recruiting class now sits at nine.
Makeba Alcide is a native of St. Lucia and will come to Arkansas as a multi-event student-athlete, competing in the pentathlon and heptathlon. She was named most outstanding female athlete at the 2009 St. Lucia National Championships where she captured gold in the 100-meter hurdles and shot put, placed second in the javelin and long jump and was third in high jump. At the 2009 Carifta Games, held in St. Lucia, Alcide won silver in the pentathlon while setting personal bests in the 60-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and the 800 meters.
Katelin Cherry is a native of Oklahoma City, Okla., and attended Westmoore High School. She competed in the distance events with personal bests of 5:13 in the 1,600 meters, 11:10 in the 3,200 meters and 17:46 in the 5,000 meters. She was a two-time state champion in the 3,200 meters and won one state title in the 1,600 meters. Additionally, she was a three-time runner-up at the state cross country championships and a two-time runner-up at the state championships in the 3,200 meters. She is the Westmoore school record holder in cross country, the two-mile run, the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters.
Gwendolyn Flowers is a sprinter from Lakewood, Calif. and Artesia High School. She will likely compete in the 200 meters, 400 meters and as a relay member at Arkansas. She holds personal bests of 24.57 in the 200 meters, 55.0 in the 400 meters and 43.0 in the 300-meter hurdles. She was a state championships qualifier in the 300-meter hurdles.
Shantel Thompson, a native of St. Thomas, Jamaica, is a transfer from New Mexico Junior College. She graduated from Vere Technical High School in Jamaica. While at NMJC, she was a six-time All-American, indoors and out, while competing in the high, long and triple jumps. Her best finishes were runner-up in the 2008 NJCAA Indoor high jump (5-5), third in the 2008 NJCAA Indoor long jump (18-11.25) and fourth in the 2008 NJCAA Outdoor triple jump (38-11.75). She is the school record holder in the outdoor long jump with a personal-best mark of 19-9. She holds personal bests of 5-8 in the high jump, 19-9 in the long jump and 40-10.25.
Alcide, Cherry, Flowers and Thompson join Alyssa Allison (Festus, Mo.; distance), Edina Brooks (Spring, Texas; sprints), Stephanie Brown (Downs, Ill.; middle distance), Paige Johnston (Midlothian, Va.; middle distance) and Keri Wood (College Station, Texas; distance) as the new members of the women's track and field team for 2009-10.