June 14, 2010
ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's track and field program announced its first three signees of the 2008 class on Thursday afternoon.
Kristie Krueger (Argyle, Texas), Eve Machovec (Dacula, Ga.) and Daniel Black (McDonough, Ga.) had all sent in their National Letter of Intent by the middle of the day on Thursday. In addition, head coach Wayne Norton wanted to recognize Baron Brown (Lithonia, Ga.), who is an early enrollee for the Bulldogs.
Krueger, a senior at Argyle High School, won 2007 Texas 3A state titles with record-breaking times in the 1600-meter run (4:57.43) and the 3200 (10:41.83). She also finished second at the 2007 Texas State Cross Country Championships (11:32.60) and was last year's Congress Avenue mile champion. Krueger, who was also a guard on Argyle's 2A state champion basketball team in 2006, has personal-best times of 2:14 (800), 4:55.4 (1600) and 10:41 (3200).
Head coach Wayne Norton on Kristie Krueger: "In her high school career, she has been outstanding in cross country and track running against all levels of competition. Coach (Dave) Hartman and I are expecting her to be productive right away when she arrives next fall for the cross country season. She was an almost perfect fit at the University of Georgia as far as getting along with the team and coaches."
Machovec, the younger sister of current Bulldog thrower sophomore Israel Machovec, was the 2007 GHSA AAAA gold medalist in both the discus (141 feet) and the shot put (a personal-best 44-1) at this year's state meet. As a junior, she also captured the AAAA state championship in the discus (137-10) and finished fourth in the shot put (39-11). Machovec's personal-best mark in the discus is 145-7. At the 2007 Nike Outdoor Nationals, Machovec, who is also a standout basketball and volleyball player, took 22nd in the discus (127-2) and 27th in the shot put (39-9.75). In 2006, Machovec finished with a mark of 39-0.50 in the shot put at the Nike meet. Similar to her brother Israel, she was coached at Dacula by her father David Machovec.
Head coach Wayne Norton on Eve Machovec: "She will continue to develop and improve her marks over time. She has athletic versatility that will allow her to flourish in Coach Don Babbitt's training regimen and be a (Southeastern Conference) scorer in multiple throwing events. And she is another outstanding student and nice Georgia teenager."
Black, who is a senior at Eagle's Landing Christian Academy, was the high point award winner at the 2006 and 2007 GHSA Region 5A state meets. Black was also the state runner-up in the long jump, 400 and 200 for the Chargers in 2006.
Head coach Wayne Norton on Daniel Black: "Coach Jon Stuart thinks that Daniel will be able to develop into a decent runner for us with collegiate training and structure. Coach Stuart has been very successful in developing athletes similar to Daniel into SEC competitors. He should compete for a place on our relay teams down the road."
Brown, who graduated from Miller Grove High School in December and enrolled at UGA in January, has already made an impact for the Bulldogs. Brown clocked a 49.38 in the 400-meter dash to finish sixth at the Clemson Invitational and was a leg on the Bulldogs' 4x400 relay team which registered an NCAA provisional qualifying time (3:11.18) at the Tom Jones Memorial Classic.
Brown comes to Georgia after finishing second in the 400 at the 2007 GHSA AAAA state meet (47.47), winning the 2006 AAU Southern National Indoor meet and finishing second in the event at the 2007 AAU meet. In addition to a personal-best 200 time of 21.87, Brown was the 2007 Region 6-AAAA 200 champion and the runner-up in the 400.
Head coach Wayne Norton on Baron Brown: "He was one of the top 400-meter runners in Georgia last year. Baron has come in with fairly good fitness and should be able to contribute immediately to our 1600-meter relay team. He will continue to work on adjusting to being in a large university environment."
Please stay tuned to georgiadogs.com for the rest of Georgia's 2008 track and field signees.