LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming track and field coach Bryan Berryhill announced Monday that 12 student-athletes have committed to compete as Cowboys and Cowgirls this fall.
"The biggest thing with this recruiting class was we wanted to address the depth within our program," Berryhill said. "If you look at these student-athletes, we have representative in each event area that can come in and score points for us right away. These are athletes who could get a couple points right away and eventually develop into those all-conference performers that we expect. I'm very proud of all the hard work our coaching staff put in to bring this class of talented student-athletes to the University of Wyoming."
UW's newest additions include student-athletes from a total of seven states, including five from Colorado, and one international signee. Several more student-athletes are expected to join Wyoming's 2015 class when the spring signing period starts April 15.
2015 Wyoming Track & Field Signees:
Zachary Agee - Middle Distance - Houston, Texas (Strake Jesuit HS)
During the 2014 outdoor season placed third in the region meet in the 800 meters, second in the area meet and first in the district meet...owns personal bests of 49.5 in the 400 meters and 1:56 in the 800 meters...coached by Chad Collier and Mike Kerley...son of Bart and Kristine Agee...his grandfather, Dick Agee, is a UW alum.
Bryce Ailshie - Middle Distance - Kingsport, Tenn. (Dobyns-Bennett HS)
Currently ranked No. 26 in the nation in the 800 meters...was 15th at last year's New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the 800 meters with a personal-best 1:52...anchored the 2014 state champion 4x400-meter relay with a split of 48.0...also was runner-up in the 800 meters at the state meet...owns a personal best of 49.2 in the 400 meters...during the 2014 outdoor season won races at the Sea Ray Relays, Beach Run, Tri-Cities Classic and Class AAA Sectional meet...coached by Bob Bingham...son of Jim and Luci Ailshie.
Ashley Bock - Distance - Fort Collins, Colo. (Fossil Ridge HS)
Was the top senior at the 2014 Colorado 5A State Cross Country meet with a fifth-place finish...also placed fourth at the 2014 Liberty Bell Invite...owns personal bests of 5:15 in the 1,6000 meters, 11:28 in the 3,200 meters and 17:52 in the 5,000 meters....coached by Forrest Vaughan...daughter of Denise and Mitch Bock.
Allegra Carson - Jumps - Wichita, Kan. (Wichita East HS)
In 2014 finished as the state runner-up in the long jump, was regional runner-up in the long and triple jump and was city-league champion in both events...broke school records in both events as well...won regional titles in both events as a freshman...owns personal bests of 18-1 in the long jump and 37-3 1/2 in the triple jump...also helped her volleyball team win two regional championships as an outside hitter...in 2014 was named all-state honorable mention in volleyball...a varsity letterwinner in track and field and volleyball all three years...coached by Michael Draut...daughter of Stephanne Seals and Daryl Handlin.
Sofia Hof - Jumps - Casper, Wyo. (Kelly Walsh HS)
During 2014 won the Wyoming Track Classic in the high jump and earned all-conference honors...owns a personal best of 5-6 in the high jump...has lettered three years in track and two years in volleyball and basketball...coached by Brian Coventry and Kevin Williams...daughter of Betsy and Daniel Hof.
Kiah Leonard - Distance - Berthoud, Colo. (Berthoud HS)
Last spring placed fifth in the 3,200 meters and eighth in the 1,600 meters at the Colorado 4A state meet...during the cross country season placed 11th at the state meet...was named the Tri-Valley Cross Country Athlete of the Year in 2014-15 and the Tri-Valley Track & Field Athlete of the Year in 2013-14...owns personal bests of 5:11 in the 1,600 meters, 11:27 in the 3,200 meters and 18:20 in the 5,000 meters...coached by Kristi Leonard, Greg Greenslit and Jordan Jennings...daughter of Kristi and Dale Leonard.
Hannah Lloyd - Hurdles - London, England (Loughborough University)
Recently earned her bachelor's degree from Loughborough University in England...will pursue a master's degree at Wyoming...owns personal bests of 59.3 in the 400-meter hurdles and 56.8 in the 400 meters...daughter of Emma and Nick Lloyd.
Emily Person - Distance - Rapid City, S.D. (Rapid City Stevens HS)
One of the top distance runners in the state of South Dakota...was named the 2014 Wendy's Heisman Trophy winner for the state...her resume at the state outdoor track meet includes first, second and fifth in the 800 meters; first, third and fourth in the 1,600 meters; and third in the 3,200 meters...also placed third and fourth at the state cross country meet the past two seasons...also earned multiple all-state honors in track and cross country...owns personal bests of 59.8 in the 400 meters, 2:17 in the 800 meters, 5:10 in the 1,600 meters, 11:13 in the 3,200 meters and 14:37 in the 4,000 meters...coached by Jesse Coy and Paul Hendry...daughter of Pat and Joy Person.
Ashley Snyder - Sprints - Lamar, Colo. (Lamar HS)
Last spring was a finalist in the 100 meters at the Colorado state meet...also placed third in the 200 meters and second in the 400 meters at the meet...a member of the state champion 800-meter medley relay...in 2013 was fifth in the 100 meters and third in the 200 meters...owns personal bests of 12.2 in the 100 meters, 25.1 in the 200 meters and 57.8 in the 400 meters...coached by Austin Wertz and John Gersick....daughter of Matthew and Jennifer Snyder.
Phillip Thomas - Middle Distance - Fountain, Colo. (Fort-Carson HS)
Helped his team win the 5A Colorado state team title last spring...owns personal bests of 49.3 in the 400 meters and 1:56 in the 800 meters...coached by Ben Montoya...son of Deborah Pina-Thomas and Phillip Thomas.
Regan VanDePol - Distance - Broomfield, Colo. (Broomfield HS)
Owns personal bests of 2:21 in the 800 meters, 5:16 in the 1,600 meters and 18:24 in the 5,000 meters...finished fourth at the 2014 Liberty Bell Cross Country Invite...coached by Greg Weich...daughter of Heidi and Rob VanDePol.
Kayla York - Throws - Cedar Lake, Ind. (Hanover Central HS)
Placed fourth in the discus throw at last spring's Indiana state meet...top returner in the state of Indiana this spring...owns personal bests of 145-10 in the discus, 45-1 in the 20-pound weight throw and 130 in the hammer...her mom, Kelly York, is her throws coach, while her dad, Chris York, is an assistant coach for sprints and hurdles...Kelly competed collegiately in track and field at Ball State, while Chris did as well at St. Joseph's College...Kayla's personal hammer coach is Deren Wilder, who is a former college teammate of Chris York.
"I am very excited to have Kayla join our women's throw crew next fall," UW associate head coach Paul Barrett said. "She brings a lot of enthusiasm, dedication and work ethic with her to Wyoming. Kayla has great speed and explosive qualities that will help her toward success at the collegiate level."