VMI Track and Field Announces New Signees

LEXINGTON, VA -- VMI head track and field coach Mike Bozeman announced Tuesday the signing of 10 recruits to national letters-of-intent during the spring signing period. The new signees are Kurt Able, Matthew Bierlein, Joseph Brennan, Patricia Coughlin, Spencer Kimori, Donnie Mikels, Ania Najda, Sean Thompson, Iris Sykes and Ashley West.


  • Kurt Able (Westley Chapel, Fla. / Westley Chapel High School): All-State Outdoor 3200m run.
  • Matthew Bierlein (Orlean, Va. / Fauquier High School): Virginia State Outdoor AA 800m, 1600m Champion. All-State Cross Country Team.
  • Joseph Brennan (Hillsborough, N.J. / Hillsborough High School): High School All-American, Boys 4x 1 mile relay.
  • Spencer Kimori (Eldoret, Kenya / AIC Chebisaas Boy's School): PR's of 10k cross country 29:01.03. 5k cross country 14:02.14.
  • Donnie Mikels (Rustburg, Va. / Rustburg High School): Virginia State Indoor AA Mile Champion. Virginia State Outdoor AA 3200m runner-up.
  • Sean Thompson (Waldorf, Md. / McDonough High School): (dual recruit football/track) 2004 3A Maryland State Champion SP, Discus. PR's Shot Put 58' 6", Discus 172' 3".


  • Patricia Coughlin (Penacook, N.H. / Radford University): Scored 21 individual points at 2004 Big South Conf. Championships. PR's: High Jump-5'6 ½", Jav. 110' 3", 100HH-15.76, Pole Vault- 9' 10" Hep—4160 points.
  • Ania Najda (Olsztyn, Poland / Warmia and Mazury University): Ranked top 10 in the World Junior list for 1500m Steeplechase. Has PR of 2:12 in the 800m.
  • Iris Sykes (Andrews AFB, Md. / Surrattsville High School): Sprints, Long Jump, and Shot Put. PR's 200-27, 400-1:05, Shot Put-36'00.
  • Ashley West (Miami, Fla. / Northwestern High School): 2nd place finish 4A State Meet 100HH-14.45. PR's-Long Jump-18'1", Triple Jump-38'2".