Feb. 16, 2012
LARAMIE, Wyo. - The University of Wyoming track and field program announced Thursday that six student-athletes had signed National Letters of Intent to compete in the fall of 2012.
The Cowgirls added four student-athletes, including: McKenzie Brogan, a sprinter from Golden, Colo.; Katie Higgins, a thrower from Snowhomish, Wash.; Taylor Holz, a hurdler/sprinter from Potter, Neb., and Kereston Thomas, a sprinter from Rawlins, Wyo. The Cowboys added Scott Carter, a jumper from Elizabeth, Colo.; and Michael Seas, a distance runner from Coldwater, Ohio.
McKenzie Brogan - Golden, Colo. (Lakewood HS)
Wyoming head coach Don Yentes expects Brogan to be an immediate contributor, particularly in the 400-meter dash, an event in which "she has all the tools and all the levers to be great," he said.
"I am so pumped about getting her," Yentes said. "She can roll it out."
Katie Higgins - Snowhomish, Wash. (Clackamas Community College)
Higgins is a two-time Junior College All-American from Clackamas Community College. She will transfer to UW in the fall of 2012. Higgins was the 2012 Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges Conference champion in the hammer and discus last spring as a true freshman.
"I was able to see Katie throw in person at the NWAACC Championships, and was very impressed with her right away," UW throws coach Paul Barrett said. "Katie is 6-foot-1, very long and lean with great athletic ability. She has picked up the hammer throw very quickly and has a great natural feel for it.
"Katie's mother, Anna Higgins, and majority of her family are University of Wyoming graduates, with many still living in the area here to make the addition a great fit. We are very excited to have Katie join our team and see her being very successful and contributing to the program right away."
Taylor Holz - Potter, Neb. (Potter-Dix HS)
Holz is a versatile athlete, and will compete in the hurdles and sprints. The key word for Holz is potential, and Yentes believes she has a lot with which to work.
"I'm very excited about her," Yentes said. "She's really raw when it comes to the hurdling events. She's not tapped out at all, so I think she's going to really blossom here. She's a diamond in the rough."
Kereston Thomas - Rawlins, Wyo. (Rawlins HS)
Yentes called Thomas "the best female sprinter to come out of Wyoming since Amanda Hopper." Hopper was part of two Mountain West champion 4-by-400-meter relay teams and was an All-America honoree in 2005 for her part in the relay.
"She is extremely versatile," Yentes said of Thomas. "One through four, she can do it all. I'm pretty dang excited to get her."
Scott Carter - Elizabeth, Colo. (Elizabeth HS)
Carter currently is ranked sixth in the nation in the indoor triple jump and will add crucial depth to the hurdle group as well.
"He'll add a lot of depth and he can also hurdle," Yentes said. "He's going to add what we need in the horizontal jumps. We need some more people there."
Michael Seas - Coldwater, Ohio (Coldwater HS)
Seas finished fourth in the Ohio State Division III Cross Country Championships. He also was sixth in the 3,200-meter run at the state track championships last season.
"Michael's just a really solid all-around distance runner for us," Yentes said.