The Toledo women's track and field/cross country program announced the signing of six runners from Ohio on Monday. Marissa Rossetti, Emily Wyrick, Natalie Camardo, Devanae Mitchell, Elizabeth Sares and Janelle Noe will begin attending UT next fall.
Rossetti, a native of Akron, OH, currently attends St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and runs on the cross country and track teams. She recorded a personal-best 5K time of 18:33 at the 2011 OHSAA State Championship Meet. Rossetti's high school cross country team claimed the state title in 2010 by 71 points, and she has also participated in the Nike Midwest Meet held in Terre Haute, IN.
Wyrick attends nearby Perrysburg High School and earned 2011 all-state honors in track and field. She anchored the 4x800 relay team that placed eighth at the state meet, while setting a new school-record time of 9:18.03. Her 4x800 team also holds the district record of 9:25.42. Wyrick was a state qualifier in the 400-meter dash during 2011 as well, holding a school-record time of 58.70. As a freshman, she was a regional finalist in the 4x800 and 400-meter.
Carmardo is a native of Strongsville, OH and currently attends Strongsville High School. A distance runner, Carmardo set her 5K personal-record at the 2012 state cross country championship last fall with a time of 18:49.48. She also holds personal-best marks of 5:52.27 and 19:35 in the one mile and three mile, respectively.
Carmardo finished eighth overall in the 3,200-meter at last spring's track and field district championships.
Mitchell attends Chaminade Julienne High School in Dayton, OH, where she is a state qualifier as a sprinter and jumper on the track and field team. Mitchell finished fourth in the state at the long jump with a distance of 17-feet-two-inches. She also placed seventh in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.66. Her personal-best marks include: 12.16 (100m), 25.43 (200m), 1:10.87 (400m), 18-2.5 (long jump) and 37-11 (triple jump).
Mitchell competed at the United States Track & Field Youth National Championships in four different events last summer. She finished eighth in the long jump with a distance of 17-feet-3.5-inches and 10th in the triple jump at 35-feet-1.75-inches. She also ran the 100-meter and 200-meter dash, finishing 16th and 40th, respectively.
Sares is another local product from Sylvania Southview High School in Sylvania, OH. She is a regional and district qualifier in the long jump and high jump with personal-records of 17-feet-3.5-inches and 34-feet-0.75-inches, respectively. An extremely versatile athlete, Sares also competed in the USTAF Combined Events Championship last summer. She recorded personal-best marks in the 200-meter dash (28.70), 800-meter run (2:56.56), 100-meter hurdles (17.50) and heptathlon (3379). She finished no worse than fifth place in eight different events, while winning the high jump and 100-meter hurdles.
Noe will also join UT by way of Sylvania, OH and Sylvania Northview High School. An all-state performer in cross country and track and field, Noe set her 5K personal-record of 17:40.88 in the state cross country meet last fall. Last spring, Noe was the conference champion in the 300-meter hurdles and finished second in the 100-meter hurdles. She then moved on to place second and third in the 300-meter hurdles at districts and regionals, respectively, and finished 12th at the state preliminary round.
Noe ran a personal-record of 1:04.49 in the 400-meter hurdles at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals last summer, while finishing in fourth place.