Women's Track and Field adds Danielle Dowie to 2010-11 signing class
March 3, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas Women's Track and Field head coach Beverly Kearney has announced the signing of Danielle Dowie to a National Letter of Intent for the 2010-11 academic year.
Dowie, from Wolmer's School in Jamaica, specializes in the 400m and 400m hurdles. She most recently claimed the 400m hurdles silver medal at the 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships in Bressanone, Italy with a time of 58.62. Dowie entered the event as the world youth leader with her time of 57.88, a mark ranked third on the world youth list at the end of the 2009 outdoor season.
"Danielle is a very versatile, very intelligent athlete and competitor," Kearney said. "She is one of those athletes that you is young but comes in very mature and knows exactly what she wants. We really feel that even though she'll only be a freshman next year, she'll add to the depth not only to our performances but she'll be one of our leaders as well."
Earlier in the 2009 season, Dowie took home the 400m silver medal at the CARIFTA (Caribbean Free Trade Association) Under-20 games in 53.96 and the 400m hurdles silver medal in her world-leading time of 57.88. Dowie also finished second in the girl's section of the 400m hurdles at the 2009 Penn Relays in 59.61.
Dowie joins an already stout recruiting class featuring Allison Peter (U.S. Virgin Islands - sprints), A'Lexus Brannon (Beaumont, Texas - long jump), Shanay Briscoe (Houston, Texas - high jump), Briana Nelson (Greenville, S.C. - sprints), Marielle Hall (Haddonfield, N.J. - middle distances), Christi Udoh (Houston, Texas - sprints) and Jourdan Ellis (Abilene, Texas - distances).
Six of the eight signees for the 2010 class, including Dowie, competed at the 2009 World Youth Championships and four hold top seven marks in their respective event's world youth rankings.
"I don't know if better can get better, but better just got much better," Kearney added about the 2010 class. "Danielle adds a greater range of versatility and the depth that we need going into next season."