Feb. 18, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming track and field coach Bryan Berryhill announced the addition of 10 student-athletes to the roster for the 2013-14 season Monday afternoon.
The 10 athletes joining the program are Amos Bowen (Brush, Colo.), Devin Garcia (Laramie, Wyo.), Caleb Seeton (Ft. Collins, Colo.), Damon Unland (Spokane, Wash.), Megan Brunette (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Cassidy Meade (Laramie, Wyo.), Sabina Sandberg (Stockholm, Sweden), Haley Seward (Huntington Beach, Calif.), Mikalah Skates (Casper, Wyo.) and Ali Walker (Park City, Utah).
"We are very excited for this incoming group," Berryhill said. "We believe all of them have potential to come in and make an immediate impact on the program. They'll arrive on campus with a lot of natural talent, and we're excited as a staff to help them grow and develop into national-caliber athletes."
The program is reaching new heights under Berryhill and his staff of Paul Barrett, Shaun Meinecke, Joe Stephens and Amanda Clower, evidenced by the majority of the team earning personal- or school-best marks this season.
The following is an individual look at each incoming athlete joining the UW track teams:
Garden City Community College - Brush High School - Brush, Colo.
A mid-year transfer, Amos has already made a big impact on the program as he earned UW's eighth-best all-time mark in an indoor 5,000-meter with a 14:42.49 at the Husky Classic on Feb. 8. He placed second in the 3,000-meter at the Husker Invitational on Feb. 2 with a personal-best 8:34.25, and came in third in the 3,000-meter at the Air Force Invite in 8:37. At that meet, he also finished eighth in the mile run in 4:22.
"Amos transferred this spring to Wyoming from Garden City Community College, where he competed in one year of track and cross country. He graduated in 2011 from Brush HS in Brush, Colo. As a prep athlete, he was a 3-A Colorado state champion in the 3200-meter run and the 3-A runner-up at the 3-A state cross country meet. He will definitely be an asset over the next three years as a long-distance track and cross country athlete." - UW assistant coach Joe Stephens
Bowen's Personal Bests:
1 Mile: 4:22
8,000m (cross country): 25:53
Coffeyville Community College - Laramie High School - Laramie, Wyo.
"Devin will be transferring from Coffeyville Community College next fall to join the Cowboy track and field team. He has done a great job learning the very technical hammer throw event the past two years while in Coffeyville. Devin has very good size (6'-2" - 255 lbs.) and solid technique already for such a short time spent on the event. I can see Devin coming in and helping the Pokes right away in 2014. He has worked extremely hard to make his dream of becoming a Cowboy come to reality. I am very excited to work with such a highly motivated student athlete." - UW associate head coach Paul Barrett
Garcia's Personal Bests:
Hammer - 161' 0"
Weight throw - 52' 4.5"
Ft. Collins High School - Ft. Collins, Colo.
"Caleb has made significant improvement on the track over the course of one year. Not only did he have a successful junior season, placing ninth at the Colorado state championships in the 300 hurdles, but also his indoor times have shown that he is on track to having an outstanding senior year. Caleb is definitely an exciting element to add to our team. He's a great runner with the athleticism to start expanding to other events in the future." - Head coach Bryan Berryhill
Seeton's Personal Bests:
60m hurdles- 8.47
110m hurdles- 15.24
400m hurdles- 56.30
Ferris High School - Spokane, Wash.
"After winning the past two Washington 4-A state titles in the discus throw, Damon will be attempting to win title No. 3 which has only been done once before in history. He also is the top returning hammer thrower in the state and one of the best returning shot putters as well, making him very versatile. Damon is a great all-around athlete with great size (6'-2" - 235 lbs.) and overall athletic ability. I have been able to see him in person and he is very quick, explosive, and highly coordinated. Damon will be a huge asset to the Pokes in several events, and I believe has national-level potential. He has had a great coach in his father, Kyle Unland (All-American hammer thrower at Washington State), who is a great friend and former WSU teammate of mine in college. This, of course, makes it even more special for me personally to be able to coach Damon in college." - UW associate head coach Paul Barrett
Unland's Personal Bests:
Discus - 181' 1"
Shot Put - 55' 4.5"
Hammer throw - 178' 11"
The Classical Academy - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Megan came in sixth at the 2012 4-A Colorado state cross country championships and placed 17th at the 2012 Nike Cross Southwest regionals.
"The coaching staff is excited to have Megan join our program. She is a great student and one of the best cross country runners in the southwest. Megan comes from a winning program with a great tradition and will bring her winning attitude to Wyoming. Megan had a breakout cross country season this past fall and we are confident she will carry that success over to the college level." - Head coach Bryan Berryhill
Brunette's Personal Bests:
5,000m (cross country): 17:55
Laramie High School - Laramie, Wyo.
Cassidy was the 2012 Wyoming 4-A state champion in the 800-meter run and the 1,600-meter run.
"Cassidy has won multiple state championships for Laramie High and we are excited that she has chosen to run for the Cowgirls. Cassidy has a wonderful mix of speed and strength which will make her a great middle distance runner at the college level. It's always great when you can add someone to your program who knows how to win and Cassidy is a winner." - Head coach Bryan Berryhill
Meade's Personal Bests:
5,000m (cross country): 19:28
A mid-year transfer from Sweden, Sabina has made her presence felt on the team as she earned UW's eighth best all-time height in the high jump with a 5'-7" at the Air Force Team Challenge on Feb. 9. Two weeks before at the Air Force Invite, Sandberg earned a 5'-6," which was UW's tenth best all-time height. At the Husker Invite, she competed in the pentathlon where she placed fourth in the high jump with a 5'-4.50."
"Sabina has come in as a true freshman and already made an immediate impact during her indoor season. Beginning the season at mid-year, we are just starting to progress in training. I can see her making improvements every day and her enthusiasm about the sport is a pleasure to work with. Her natural jumping ability is phenomenal, and I believe that she can be a great contributor to our team with her versatility." - UW assistant coach Shaun Meinecke
Sandberg's Personal Bests:
High Jump-5'- 9"
Pentathlon- 3,629 points
Heptathlon- 4,766 points
Edison High School - Huntington Beach, Calif.
Haley finished ninth at the 2012 Division I-CIF Southern Section division finals and placed 13th at the 2012 Division I-CIF California state cross country championships.
"Haley is one of the best cross country runners in the state of California, which is evident by her personal-best time of 16:36 for the three-mile run. She is not only a talented athlete but also possesses the hard work and determination needed to make a successful transition to collegiate running. Haley will have an immediate impact on our program and we can't wait to have her running for the Cowgirls this fall." - Head coach Bryan Berryhill
Seward's Personal Bests:
3 Mile (cross country): 16:36
Kelly Walsh High School - Casper, Wyo.
As a junior, Mikalah was the Wyoming 4-A state champion in the 100-meter hurdles and placed third in the 300-meter hurdles. She also helped her 4x100-meter relay squad to a second-place finish at state. During her sophomore year, Skates was the 4-A state champ in the 100-meter hurdles and came in second in the 300-meter hurdles.
"Mikalah has established herself over the last three years as one of the best short and long hurdlers in the state. Not only winning, but defending, a state championship shows that she can handle performing at her best when it matters most. She is a great athlete, and her community involvement showed us that she possesses the character that we want out of our student-athletes." - UW assistant coach Shaun Meinecke
Skates' Personal Bests:
100m hurdles - 14.66
300m hurdles - 46.30
Park City High School - Park City, Utah
A four-year all-state athlete, Ali joins the Cowgirls after placing 16th at the 2012 Nike Cross Southwest regionals and was the runner-up at the 3-A Utah state cross country championships. At the 2012 state track meet, Walker came in third in the 3,200-meter run and fourth in the 1,600-meter, as well as placing sixth in the 800-meter run. A Nike Southwest all-region team honoree in 2012, Ali was named to the Nike Southwest regional all-freshman team in 2009 and was the Foot Locker Freshman-Sophomore All-West team in 2010. She is the daughter of Jim and Karen Walker.
"Ali is one of the best runners in the state of Utah and will have an immediate impact on our cross country and track programs. She is the type of student-athlete that when you meet her you just know she will be successful. Ali was the leader of a program that has won numerous state championships and she will bring those leadership skills with her to Wyoming. We feel like we hit a homerun with her signing." - Head coach Bryan Berryhill
Walker's Personal Bests:
5,000m (cross country): 17:52