SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State track and field/cross team announced the signing of four student-athletes to National Letters of Intent. All four will enroll at the University in the fall of 2018 as freshman according to head coach Jeff Magley. The quartet is comprised of cross country/distance runners Blayney Dolan, Santiago Ruiz and Abraham Maldonado as well as jumper Jade Cany.
"All four of our signees are products of California which is our number one recruiting philosophy," Magley said. "We want to recruit and invite the best talent in the state of California to be a part of our championship program."
Dolan is currently a senior at Clovis North High School where she has been a three-time all-Tri-River Athletic Conference selection in cross country. She most recently placed fourth at the Central Section Div. I championships as well as the TRAC championships. Dolan qualified for the California State Championships as a sophomore and junior, placing 19th in 2016. She has also placed among the top four at the Central Section Championships in three consecutive seasons with a third-place showing in 2015 and a second-place finish in 2016. In track, Dolan qualified for the California State Championships in the 1600 as a junior. That year, she ran 5:06.18 to finish third at the Central Section Masters Meet to set her PR. She also scored for her team in the 3200 at the meet and has run 10:56.47 in the event.
Ruiz placed 32nd at the California State Div. I Cross Country Championships on Thanksgiving weekend in Fresno, Calif. The senior, who attends Gregori HS in Modesto, Calif., had the third-best finish among boys from the Sac-Joaquin Section at the meet. He helped lead Gregori to its first berth at the state meet in school history after the team finished third at the Sac-Joaquin Section Championships in Folsom, Calif. At that meet, Ruiz was second individually after running 16:09.3. His fastest time during the year in a 5K race came at the Capital Cross Challenge at Haggin Oaks GC where he ran 15:38.3 to place fifth. Ruiz also qualified for the state meet as a junior and was the Modesto Metro League individual champion for three consecutive seasons. In track, he was the MMC champion in the 1600 and place second in the 3200. He went on to place sixth in the 3200 as a junior with a PR of 9:23.27.
Maldonado primarily has run the 400, 800 and 1600 as well as the 4x400 relay for Atwater HS. Last spring, he placed fourth at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet int he 800 with a PR of 1:54.40 in the finals. During the year he was the Central California Conference champion in the event. Maldonado has also run cross country for the Falcons where he finished first at the CCC meet with a time of 15:27.9 over the three-mile course.
"We are extremely excited about our early signee class for the 2019 season," Magley said. "Dolan, Ruiz, and Maldonado all have the potential to make an immediate impact for our program both in cross country and on the track as true freshman. We are looking forward to them joining our very talented 2018 signees and the rest of our returners as we continue to make build our distance program."
Cany competes in the high jump, long jump and triple jump at Torrey Pines HS. Last spring, she qualified for the California State Championships in the high jump where she placed 13th. Cany was the San Diego Section champion after she cleared 5-feet, 3-inches and was second in the Avocado West League finals. During the year, she set her PR by clearing 5-05.00. Cany also advanced to the state meet in the triple jump. She was the Avocado West League champion and placed second at the San Diego Section meet in the event. Her PR of 38-02.75 came in the section prelims. She also set a PR of 16-00.00 in the long jump during the year. As a sophomore, Cany was third in the triple jump and fourth in the high jump at the section meet.
"Cany is exactly the type of recruit who has helped lead our women's program to 13 team championships over the last 11 years," Magley said. "She has the ability to be a Big Sky Conference scorer in two events right way and we are excited about continuing her development in the long jump."