Feb. 13, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming track and field coach Bryan Berryhill announced Thursday that nine student-athletes have signed a National Letter of Intent to compete as Cowboys and Cowgirls beginning in the fall of 2014. Wyoming will also sign several student-athletes in the spring after state track meets.
"Our coaching staff is very pleased with this class because we feel it's well-rounded and hit a lot of the event areas," Berryhill said. "Our main goal every year is to keep the best kids in the state of Wyoming here and we feel like we did a great job of that with this class. We knew that Wyoming was going to produce a bunch of NCAA Division I track athletes this year, so it was pretty neat that we were able to keep a lot of them in the state. Another thing we focus on during the recruiting process is seeking character as much as talent and all of these kids have high character and come from great family lives."
UW's 2014 class is highlighted by the nation's top 800-meter runner in Ricky Faure and rounded out by student-athletes with extended accomplishments from state championships. The class includes six natives of Wyoming and student-athletes from a total of three states.
"Ricky is just a fierce competitor," Berryhill said. "At this next level, talent only gets you so far. You have to have that tremendous drive to succeed and he has that. He has a great blend of speed and strength that leads to his versatility in several races on the track and in cross country. It's not often that you sign an athlete that is ranked first in the nation, so this is a special day for the Wyoming program. It says a lot about where we are at and where we are going that a caliber of athlete like that wants to join us."
2014 Wyoming Track & Field Signees:
Clay Carlson - Sprints - Casper, Wyo. (Kelly Walsh HS)
An exceptional athlete who ran track for the first time last spring...won the 4A individual state title in the 400 meters with a school-record time of 48.4...also placed second in the 200 meters in 21.9...was a tight end on the football team and caught the game-winning touchdown in Kelly Walsh's 21-20 overtime victory over Natrona County in last fall's Oil Bowl...he earned all-conference honors and was honorable mention Super 25 on the football field...also earned a sportsmanship award from the Wyoming High School Activities Association...coached by Mark Hileman...son of Patrick and Sharron Carlson.
Quinn DeStefano - Gillette, Wyo. (Campbell County HS)
Finished third at last fall's state cross country meet in Class 4A...owns personal bests of 11:29 in the 3,200 meters and 18:53 in cross country....helped the Camels to two state cross country titles during her prep career...coached by Ron Kline...daughter of Raymond and Heidi DeStefano...older sister Audra currently runs cross country and track and field for the Cowgirls.
Ricky Faure - Middle Distance - Rock Springs, Wyo. (Rock Springs HS)
Currently leading the nation indoors in the 800 meters with a time of 1:52.90...has won 10 individual 4A state titles in indoor and outdoor track, including five in the 800 meters...also has won two individual state cross country titles and qualified for the 2013 Nike Cross Country National Championships...was the 2012-13 Gatorade Male Cross Country Runner of the Year for the state of Wyoming...owns personal bests of 1:50.93 in the 800 meters, 4:13.8 in the 1,600 meters and 9:24 in the 3,200 meters...his best 5,000 meters time in cross country is 15:10...coached by Brad Dekrey...son of Tom Faure and Romelia Broberg...last name is pronounced four, like the number.
Lauren Hamilton - Middle Distance - Monument, Colo. (The Classical Academy)
Won the 800 meters and 1,600 meters for the 4A class at last spring's Colorado state track meet...also has been a part of two 4x800-meter relay state titles...helped her track and field team to two state titles...owns personal bests of 2:19 in the 800 meters, 5:11 in the 1,600 meters and 17:56 in cross country...finished in the top 10 the last two years at the state cross country meet...at this year's Nike Cross Country Nationals she won the open race in 18:40...in 2012 finished 19th at the Nike Cross Country Southwest Regional with a time of 17:56...helped her cross country team to three state titles...coached by Alan Versaw...daughter of DeForest and Ellen Hamilton.
Rebecca Harris - Hurdles/Jumps - Colorado Springs, Colo. (Sand Creek HS)
Finished runner up in the 100-meter hurdles at the Colorado state track meet last spring in 15.0...owns personal bests of 14.9 in the 100-meter hurdles, 5-3 in the high jump and 17-9 in the long jump...coached by Bobby Tillman...daughter of James and Esther Harris.
Jonah Henry - Distance - Laramie, Wyo. (Laramie HS)
A top cross country runner in the state of Wyoming...as a senior went undefeated in eight races and won the 4A individual title...led his team to the title as well...competed individually at the Nike Cross Country Northwest Regional and finished 10th...was the 2013-14 Gatorade Male Cross Country Runner of the Year for the state of Wyoming...on the track, owns personal bests of 4:25 in the 1,600 meters and 9:19 in the 3,200 meters...top 5,000-meter time in cross country was 15:22...ran under the coaching of Greg Schabron...son of Kent and Patricia Henry.
Garrett Lynch - Throws - Powell, Wyo. (Powell HS)
An extremely well-rounded athlete...has won two 3A state titles in the discus and one in the shot put...owns personal bests of 174-7 in the discus and 57-4 in the shot...has helped Powell win three-straight state football titles while playing defensive end, fullback, wide receiver and tight end...was named a first-team Super 25 selection last fall...also plays basketball for Powell...coached by Nevin Jacobs...son of Greg and Glenda Lynch.
"I have had my eye on Garrett since he was a sophomore in high school, and knew he was someone we wanted to have in our program right away. He is an extremely well rounded athlete, having elite success not only in track and field, but also football and basketball for Powell High. I believe Garrett will be able to help our program right away and build his way into an elite level thrower during his career at Wyoming. I am very excited that Garrett has chosen to stay in his home State and become a Cowboy," UW associate head coach Paul Barrett said.
Kimberly Robertson - Middle Distance - Lovell, Wyo. (Lovell HS)
The top female middle distance runner in the state of Wyoming...has won the last three 2A state-titles in the 200 meters and the 400 meters....also won the 800 meters at the state track meet last spring...owns personal bests of 25.5 in the 200 meters, 55.9 in the 400 meters and 2:15.8 in the 800 meters...coached by Caleb Sanders...daughter of Glynn and Joyce Collins.
Madison Seaman - Throws - Coeur d'Alene, Idaho (Lane Community College)
A transfer from Lane Community College where she is a two-time Juco All-American...last spring was the conference champion in the discus and was runner up in the shot put...currently ranks third all-time on Lane's top-10 discus list...during her prep career she won the Idaho 5A state title in the discus and shot put in 2012...set a state record in the discus at the event...owns personal bests of 150-11 in the discus and 41-9 3/4 in the shot put...coached by Arnold Wardell at Lane...daughter of Lora Seaman.
"Madison has a great athletic build, and at 6-2, very long levers that I believe are going to take her to high levels quickly. She is also working on the hammer throw this year, so could potentially help us in several event areas. We are thrilled to have Madison Join our Cowgirl track and field program. Madison's personal bests are 150-11 in the discus throw and 41-9 3/4 in the shot put," UW associate head coach Paul Barrett said.