Cross Country and Track Announce New Assistant Coaches
Aug. 25, 2009
Corvallis, Ore. - The Oregon State women's cross country and track teams welcome Adam Tribble, Lauren Denfeld and Meredith Crane as the new assistant coaches for the upcoming seasons, announced Tuesday by head coach Kelly Sullivan.
"We have hit a home run with these three new appointments," Sullivan said. "The combination of Lauren and Meredith being strong female role models in combination with Adam and I bring is exciting. I am a big believer in having more than one voice, opinion, person for the student-athlete to go to. And with these three I could not be more pleased!"
Tribble comes to Oregon State after spending five years at Arkansas as an assistant coach. Prior to joining the Razorback staff, he served in the same capacity at the University of Georgia.
He helped coach the Razorbacks to three straight SEC Cross Country Championships over the past three seasons with the team tallying a pair of runner-up finishes as well the prior two years. Arkansas never fell out of the top 20 at the NCAA Championships under his watch and finished as high as fifth in 2006.
While a student at Georgia, Tribble was a two-year captain of the Bulldog track and field team, earning All-Region honors in cross country. During that time, he also found time to assist with the Athens Christian School in 2000 and act as lab assistant for an endurance and research study in 2001. He also finished 46th in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the marathon in 2008.
"Adam's background is very solid having worked for and under one of the top women's distance coaches in the country in Lance Harter," Sullivan said. "The Arkansas program year in and out has been one of nation's top programs. So he brings a new energy that I know this group of women is excited about and so am I. I received calls from all over the country recommending him, and both the committee and the team members who were a part of the process all felt he was the best. So we are all excited!"
A 2002 graduate of Georgia with a degree in health and physical education, Tribble immediately went to graduate school at his alma mater and earned a master's in movement studies.
Denfeld transitions from Oregon State student-athlete to assistant coach after a solid career for the Beavers, being one of the original student-athletes of the program when it was reinstated.
"Lauren has been with the program from day one as a student-athlete and helped us go from the bottom 10% in the country five years ago to being ranked in the top-30 NCAA Cross Country poll last fall," Sullivan said. "She was meant to be a collegiate coach, and once she saw it, she has made this her desire to start her career here with us, and then go from there. With the staff all being new, she will bring a consistency from day one that is important. I am excited to have her sitting on this side of the fence now and see her growth."
During her time as a student-athlete at Oregon State, Denfeld set the school record for the 3,000-meter steeplechase, breaking it several times, before registering the final mark of 10:38.28 in her final season. Not only does she hold the record, she was also the first woman to ever compete in the event in school history during her rookie season in 2005. She became the second runner in school history to qualify for the NCAA West Regional, earning a pair of berths, finishing 19th in 2007 in the steeplechase. She also holds the school record for the 2,000-meter steeplechase.
Off the track, Denfeld earned the program's first CoSIDA Academic All-District 8 Second Team honor, adding numerous Pac-10 All-Academic honors in both cross country and track. She was a recipient of a Pac-10 Postgraduate Scholarship.
Denfeld, a Bend, Ore., native, graduated from Oregon State in 2008 with a degree in Business Administration with a focus in marketing and minor in Spanish.
Crane begins her first season at Oregon State after coaching mainly at the high school level. In her one season at East Valley High School, she led the men's cross country team to the state championships, while having two individual freshmen female state qualifiers.
"Meredith has been there as a Division I student-athlete," Sullivan said. "She's a former NCAA individual qualifier in cross country, and most recently she has coached at the high school level at one of the top programs in the state of Washington. She is excited to be here, starting the next adventure in her career goals of coaching at this level. We are very fortunate to of added someone of her skill and passion."
As a true freshman at Texas A&M, Crane qualified individually for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, marking the first time in school history that had happened. She finished as 13th at the Big 12 Conference Championships, and ninth at the NCAA South Central Regional individually, helping her team to a third place finish as a rookie. As an Aggie, she competed in one indoor and outdoor track season.
Transferring in 2005 to Seattle Pacific, Crane continued to compete for the Falcons in her final season of eligibility. She finished second at the conference cross country meet, fifth at the regional meet and qualified for the NCAA Championships, but did not compete due to illness.
In addition to her time at East Valley High School, Crane also coached at her former high school, Davis. Under her watch in 2009, one male runner finished second at the state meet in the mile, and current student-athlete Sandra Martinez finished third in the two mile and sixth in the mile at the state championships.
Crane is from Yakima, Wash., and is scheduled to graduate from Central Washington University in December with a degree in exercise physiology. She is a certified personal trainer through the American College of Sports Medicine.
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