CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The University of North Carolina track and field program announced the spring signees for the class of 2021 on Thursday evening. The Tar Heels will add four talented student-athletes to the existing signing class, including three distance runners (Andrew Brooks, Jake McEneaney and Christian Pigues) and one sprinter, Joshua Mukoro. These athletes have earned a multitude of accolades both on the track and in the classroom during their high school careers.
The student-athletes reign from three different states, with two athletes from North Carolina and one each from Illinois and Texas.
Mark VanAlstyne, who leads the Carolina distance program, said of his recruits, “We are thrilled to add Christian, Andrew and Jake to our already strong class of recruits for the 2017-18 year and feel they add depth and also address specific areas of opportunity we’ve identified within the ACC.
VanAlstyne continued, “Beyond their athletic accomplishments, these young men are great people, family members and teammates. They understand what it takes to succeed in academics and athletics and have the combination of attributes required to be successful at Carolina.”
CLASS OF 2021 SIGNEES
Andrew Brooks • Middle Distance
Broughton High School • Raleigh, N.C.
2016 Indoor Track State Meet 1000m – 4th place
2016 Outdoor Track State Meet 1600m – 3rd place
National Honor Society Member
All ‘A’ Honor Roll
800m – 1:54.6; 1000m – 2:31.8; 1600m – 4:18
Brooks: “I am incredibly excited to join the guys at North Carolina. It is a young team with so much potential, and I can't wait to see what we can do.”
VanAlstyne: “Andrew is a top NC 800m and 1600m runner who will be immediately competitive in those events and, ultimately, cross country as well. He’s from one of the most respected high school programs in the state and understands what it takes to win as a team and an individual.”
Jake McEneaney • Distance
Neuqua Valley High School • Naperville, Ill.
All-State Cross Country
Team Cross Country State Champions
2015 and 2016 NXN Qualifiers
Indian Prairies Scholar
1600m – 4:19; 3200m – 9:11
McEneaney: “I knew from my first visit that Chapel Hill was the place I wanted to live and train during my college years, and to see that through and make it a reality is incredible. It combines the best of both worlds academically and athletically, and sets student athletes up for great success in both facets. I could not be more excited to officially become a Tar Heel and spend the next four years of my life sporting the Carolina Blue! Go Heels!”
VanAlstyne: “Jake is from a well-respected program who we feel will provide immediate contributions and bolster our depth. More than likely, he’ll gravitate more toward the 5000m event and cross country, but I wouldn’t count him out at the shorter track distances as well.”
Joshua Mukoro • Sprints
Fort Bend Travis High School • Houston, Texas
1x Junior Olympian
Qualified for the New Balance Indoor Nationals
200m – 22.33; 400 – 48.46
Mukoro: “In my first year of running track I have been able to run at the Junior Olympics, made it to New Balance Indoor Nations but this is the best achievement of all … being a Tar Heel. Thankful for the coaches rolling the dice on me and I'm focused on proving them right. All glory to God!”
Coach Steve Rubin: “Josh is still very new to track but he’s put up some outstanding races in a very short period. He’s incredibly conscientious, focused, and hard-working. We believe he’s going to develop quickly into a national-impact performer.”
Christian Pigues • Middle Distance
Rolesville High School • Raleigh, N.C.
2014 Conference XC Runner of the Year
2014 USATF Junior Olympic All-American
2014 NCISAA 1A XC Champion
2015 IA/2A 800m and 1600m Champion
2015 USATF National Junior Olympic 1500m Champion
2015 Junior Olympic All-American
2015 USATF World Youth Qualifier
2016 1A/2A 800m and 1600m Champion
2016 New Balance Nationals Outdoor Qualifier
2017 NCHSAA 4A Champion
2017 New Balance Nationals Indoor Qualifier
2014 Cum Laude
2017 A/B Honor Roll
400m – 49.08; 800m – 1:53.19; 1500m – 4:05.73
Pigues: “I am very grateful and excited to be a part of the team and university. I am looking forward to four productive and memorable years!”
VanAlstyne: “Christian is one of the top 800m runners in the state of NC who, with his great speed, has the potential to compete at the highest levels in both the 800m and 1500m races. He’s improved tremendously this year and will likely emerge from his senior track season as one of the top national recruits.”