UNIVERSITY PARK, IL – With the women's cross country season barely four months away, Governor State has signed junior college transfer Elizabeth Shirk to a National Letter Intent for the 2017 campaign.
Shirk, who recently received an associate's degree from Harold Washington College, last competed in high school. She was a two-year varsity squad member at Walter Payton College Prep, recording a personal-best time of 23 minutes, 30 seconds over five kilometers. Shirk was also a four-year varsity track performer at Walter Payton, captaining the team her senior season.
"Elizabeth brings a solid, well-rounded academic and activity background along with enthusiasm to Jaguar Cross Country," stated GSU Head Coach Kevin Kredens. "We're going to give her time to transition to collegiate running, but I think after a good summer training and a few collegiate meets, she should be ready to take on NAIA competition."
The daughter of Amy and John Shirk, Elizabeth will major in elementary education at GSU. She will soon be traveling to China to teach English for a second straight summer.
Shirk becomes the third member of the 2017 GSU recruiting class, joining South Suburban transfer Phaishe Thompson and Wendell Phillips Academy graduate Dejah Leonard.