February 12, 2018
Daytona State Men's Cross Country signs first student-athlete for 2018 Inaugural Season
Lake Nona High School senior David Phillips has signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) to attend and run cross country for Daytona State College starting in the fall of 2018. Phillips is the first recruit to commit to run in the inaugural season of men's cross country for the school.
At Lake Nona High School, Phillips contributed to a team that won the 2017 4A District 4 championship, finished 6th in the 4A Region 1 championship, and capped off his senior year by assisting his team with a top 20 placing in the Florida State Cross Country championships. In the post season, he traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he competed in the Footlocker South Region Championships.
Phillips is the son of Michelle and Michael Phillips and has a twin brother. He is interested in majoring in business and is a member of the National Honor Society, along with being a three time varsity letter winner in cross country and two time varsity letter winner in track and field.
When asked about the signing of Phillips, Coach Judy Wilson stated, "I am very excited to have David join our program this fall. When he visited campus, we spoke at great length about his potential to improve when moving from the high school 5k distance, to the collegiate 8k distance. He is a runner who embraces the longer distances and will not shy away from the challenge. David understands that Daytona State is a good next step for him in his development, academically and athletically. I look forward to watching David develop over the next two years and am excited to be a part of his collegiate career."
Athletic Director, Will Dunne added, "This is a very exciting time in the growth and evolution of the Intercollegiate Athletic program at Daytona State College. The beginning of the new cross country program is very exciting, and is bringing a new interest to our department and institution. Coach Wilson has been working extremely hard spreading the word about this new program in Volusia and Flagler counties and throughout our state and region. Congratulations to David Phillips for being our first cross country commit and signee, and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for this program."
The cross country program begins in August of 2018 for both men and women and both squads will compete against teams across all levels, from NCAA Div I, II, and III, and NAIA, as well as NJCAA schools.