Cross Country Signs California Standout

Dec. 16, 2003

Los Angeles, Calif. - High school senior Kelly Yahr has signed a National Letter of Intent with Loyola Marymount women's cross country, Head Coach Scott Guerrero announced today. Yahr is the first athlete to be signed by the cross country program during the NCAA early signing period.

Yahr, the daughter of Michele and Alan Yahr of Oak Park, Calif., helped lead Oak Park High School to its first-ever state cross country championship during her sophomore season. As the number five runner on Coach Kevin Smith's squad, Yahr's progress in the final 200 yards solidified the title for her team.

"We are very excited to have Kelly joining us in the fall," Guerrero said. "She is going to be a huge asset to our program. She's a great athlete coming out of a strong high school program and really knows what it takes to win, as evidenced by the fact that her high school just won their third straight state championship. I have no doubt that she will help take us to the next level."

Among her other athletic accomplishments, Yahr was an All Tri-Valley League selection in 2003, earning a fifth place finish at the Tri-Valley League cross country championships. She was honored with second-team All-County accolades at the Ventura county championships, helping Oak Park to its first-ever county championship. Her 11th place finish at the CIF Southern Section championships earned her All-CIF honors and helped lift her team to the victory. The cap to her high school cross country career was a 15th place individual finish at the 2003 California State Championships, with her team garnering a third straight state title.

"Kelly has shown remarkable improvement over the past couple of seasons," Guerrero added. "She went from a 43rd place finish at the state meet in 2001 to 15th in 2003. I think she still has a lot of undeveloped talent, which is why I am so pleased that she has chosen to come help us in our quest to bring home our first-ever conference title. After all, she has experience doing just that."





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