Illinois runner signs with Clayton State

Clayton State women’s cross country coach Mike Mead has started building his squad for the 2012 season, and he went to some familiar territory to begin putting together his recruiting class.

Mead announced this week the signing of Taylor Galvin from Posen, Ill., for the 2012 season. If her last name sounds familiar to Laker fans, it should. She is the younger sister of rising senior All-Peach Belt Conference and Division II All-Southeast Region performer Paige Galvin.

This marks the first time in the history of women’s cross country at Clayton State that the Lakers will have sisters as teammates.

Galvin’s addition is another piece to what should be a strong Clayton State women’s team for the 2012 season. The Lakers return every runner from a team that placed second at the Peach Belt Conference Championships and seventh at the NCAA Division II Southeast Regionals.

“Taylor will give us much-needed depth and fill one of our holes in the top five,” said Mead. “She is competitive as her sister, both on the field and in the classroom, and that should bode well for us.”

Galvin lettered four seasons in both cross country and track and field at Bremen High School in Midlothian, Ill. Over the last two seasons, she has run in the Illinois State Cross Country Championships. Galvin placed sixth overall during her senior season to qualify for state, and has a personal-best time of 19:12 in the three-mile at the state meet this season.

In track and field, Galvin’s best times are 2:36 in the 800-meter run and 5:34 in the 1,600-meter run.