HELENA, Mont. (AP) Carroll College has announced the signing of cross country athlete Tara Higgins from Portland, Ore.

Cross Country Coach Bill Ballinger says the signing completes recruitment for the 2008 Racing Saints.

He says Higgins is an accomplished athlete from St. Mary's Academy, one of the most prominent high school cross-country programs in the Northwest.

This past fall she helped lead her team to 1st place in the elite Nike Team National Western Region Championships and 10th place the following week in the NTN National Championships.

She competed at the varsity level in cross country for four years and three years in track and field.

Carroll cross country has 25 athletes on the roster for this fall, 14 women and 11 men.