Women's Track and Field signs Arianna McKinney to National Letter of Intent
AUSTIN, Texas -- Arianna McKinney, a distance runner out of Pine Hill, N.J. and Highland Regional High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent with The University of Texas women's track and field team, head coach Beverly Kearney announced on Thursday. McKinney will join the Longhorns in the fall of 2005 and plans to study kinesiology.
"We are very excited to have Arianna join the team," said UT assistant coach Len Klepack. "Not only is she a great young woman, but she can run a number of different distances. She will provide some versatility in our distance group."
McKinney was an All-State cross country selection in 2004 after finishing second (18:57) in N.J. Group Three. She went on to finish in 27th place (19:08) at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional Cross Country Championships. Earlier in the season, she set her personal best of 18:10 (5K) while finishing second at the South Jersey State Sectional.
McKinney is also proficient in the middle distances. She holds personal bests of 2:19.2 in the 800 meters, 5:05 in the 1,600 meters and 10:56 in the 3,200 meters.
She will join coach Kearney's fall class of signees for the 2005-06 academic year, which saw her sign sprinters Alexandria Anderson (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park HS), Gyaisha Hall (Austin, Texas/Reagan HS), Britney Orville (Houston, Texas/Westbury HS) and sprinter/hurdler Angel Williams (Clarendon, Texas/Clarendon HS).