Posted: 4:56 pm Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Track: Santaluces senior Miriam Pierre signs with FIU 

By Matt Porter

Florida International continued its strong recruiting run in Palm Beach County, signing track standout Miriam Pierre of Santaluces.

Miriam Pierre will attend FIU on a track scholarship. (Orlando Sentinel)

Miriam Pierre will attend FIU on a track scholarship. (Orlando Sentinel)

Pierre, a two-time Class 4A state champion in the shot put, will attend FIU on a track scholarship. She was also a first-team Post All-Area selection in basketball.

Pierre, a two-time first-team All-Area selection in track, has personal bests of 43 feet, 6 1/2 inches in the shot put and 139-6 in the discus.

Click here to see a video of her record shot put attempt at the Class 4A state meet earlier this month in Jacksonville. She won gold with a throw of 43-6.5. She placed third in the discus.

“She has a basketball background and is not just a good thrower but a good athlete,” FIU assistant track and field coach Ryan Heberling said in a press release. “Miriam has great strength, speed and body awareness, which will give her good range in the throws. She should have some success in the hammer/weight and brings some good marks in the shot and discus.”

This year, FIU’s women’s basketball team signed first-team All-Area selection Taylor Shade (Boynton Beach). The football team scooped up first-team All-Area players Edens Sineace (Palm Beach Central), Trenton Saunders (Benjamin) and Davison Colimon (Suncoast). Standout baseball players Phildrick Llewellyn (Trinity Christian) also signed with the Panthers.