Feb. 8, 2011
ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis head cross country/track and field coach Jon Bell announced today that three student-athletes have signed National Letters of Intent to attend the University and compete for the Billikens. Henry Arndt (Westmont, Ill./Westmont), Sean Canavin (Lewisville, Texas/Marcus) and Michael Scolorici (O'Fallon, Ill./O'Fallon Township) will have four years of eligibility beginning with the 2011-12 academic year.
"We have had some good recruiting classes recently, but this is the best class yet," Bell said. "Assistant coach Tim Bradley and I have spent a lot of time vetting these young men, and we feel they are exactly what Saint Louis University represents. They all have strong academic reputations, enjoy spirited competition and enjoy giving back to their teammates and people around them. I couldn't be happier with the start to this recruiting class."
Arndt finished sixth in the Illinois Class 1A state cross country meet. He has personal-best times of 4:28 over 1,600 meters, 9:42 for 3,200 meters and 15:00 in three-mile cross country.
"Henry is a great foundational piece to our program," Bell said. "He is an All-State athlete from Illinois who will look to compete in our top five on the cross country course. Henry has shown an infectious enthusiasm for Saint Louis University through the recruiting process. I expect him to be a positive teammate when he arrives on campus."
Canavin is coming off a successful prep cross country career that culminated with him finishing 11th at the Texas 5A state cross country meet. Canavin ran top times of 1:54 in the 800 meters, 4:16 in the 1,600 meters and a 15:48 5K during the cross country season.
"Sean is a great addition to our program," Bell said. "I fully expect him to be in our top five in cross country, and he might be an even bigger asset on the track. The Atlantic 10 Conference contests multiple middle-distance events, all of which Sean can run well. I'm excited to coach Sean and see how fast he can become."
Scolorici placed 13th at the Illinois 3A state cross country meet. He posted a PR of 4:21 in the 3,000 meters, has a top time of 9:22 in the 3,000 meters and ran a three-mile cross country time of 14:36.
"Michael is a great talent to add to our program," Bell said. "To be an All-State performer in the biggest class in Illinois is a great honor. Michael is going to immediately help move our cross country program forward. He is a great student, and I couldn't be more thrilled to add him to the program."