SAINT LEO, Fla. – Saint Leo Cross Country Coach Melissa Miller-Mangen, has announced the additions of Tereza Novotna and Kali Carney to the Saint Leo Women's Cross Country Team. The duo joins Amanda Leon and Holly Blackburn as the final two pieces to the 2011-12 class, and a team which features 12 runners.
"Both women have demonstrated elite level performances on the cross country course. I am very excited to have them on our team," said Coach Miller-Mangen.
Novotna joins the Lions as one of top cross country runners in the Czech Republic. Owning many notable championships, the incoming freshman earned the Czech Republic National Cross Country Championship. She continued her success with an individual championship in the 3000m, finishing with a time of 9:54.41. In addition, the Hradec Kralove, Opocno native participated in the World Mountain Running Championships and the World Orienteering Championships earning three silver medals and a bronze medal.
Carney had a stellar four year career at South Lake High School in Clermont, Fla., being named team MVP during three-of-four seasons. Prior to being voted 'Most Athletic' her senior year, the Clermont, Fla. native set the all-time record in the mile and the 800m. In addition, she was voted Orlando Sentinel Cross Country Runner of the Year as well as First Team All-County, and Second Team All-Central Florida Track & Field. Carney was also highlighted in ESPN Rise and South Lake Magazines. She set a personal-best in the 5000m (19:20), while also setting team-bests in the 1600m (5:27.65), 2000m Steeplechase (8:27.67), 3000m (11:26.45), 3200m (12:03.97), 5000m (19:20.00), and the 800m (2:20.00).
Coach Miller-Mangen's Perspective: "Kali has a phenomenal range of middle distance to distance events. She also brings national level experience. Kali's resume extends from the AAU Cross Country National Championships to the USATF Junior Olympics."
The women will kick-off their season on September 2 at the Early Bird Classic in Tampa.