Lady Lion Cross Country team adds Ford to 2016 recruiting class

Lady Lion Cross Country team adds Ford to 2016 recruiting class

Wed, Jan. 6, 2016 - [Women's Cross Country]

Matt Barker, Sports Information Director

HENDERSON, Tenn. - The Freed-Hardeman Lady Lion cross country team added another runner to its 2016 recruiting class with the recent signing of Jade Ford of Benton, Ky.

Ford prepped at Marshall County High School in Benton, Ky., where she advanced to the Kentucky state meet her sophomore season while posting a personal 5K record of 22:46.

In addition to her ability as a runner, Ford has also excelled in the classroom as she was accepted into a program called "Common Wealth Middle College", which will allow her to graduate high school with 45 college credits. She has also been involved in various other clubs including Student Council, HOSA and FCCLA.

Derrick Spradlin, head coach for the Lady Lion cross country program, said that Ford will add depth to a solid roster for the upcoming season.

"Jade is determined and tough, the high-achiever type, both in and out of the classroom," Spradlin said. "She has a lot of experience in cross country and track and field, so she should transition just fine into the heavier workload at the collegiate level. She has had her eye on FHU for a long time, and I'm glad she will be here in 2016."

Ford is the daughter of Christi and Jeremy Ford of Benton, Ky. She joins Brooke Simpson (Bowling Green, Ky./South Warren High School) in the 2016 recruiting class for the Lady Lion cross country team.