June 14, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Two of the state's top prep student-athletes will join the Wyoming track and field program next year.
Jessica Lemaster and Bree Dziardziel each have signed a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Cowgirls beginning in the fall of 2011. Both student-athletes attended Cheyenne Central High School in Cheyenne, Wyo.
Lemaster is a two-time recipient of the Gatorade Wyoming Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year award. The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character. Lemaster won the award for the 2010-11 and the 2007-08 cross country seasons.
"We're pretty excited about getting her," Wyoming coach Don Yentes said of Lemaster. "She's been one of the top distance girls in the state for a while now and she comes from a fine program where she's not been overtrained and she still has a lot of upside left to give. We're hoping she can help out right away in cross country and find her niche in track. She'll do well for us."
The senior raced to a second-place finish at the Class 4A state cross country meet this season with a time of 19 minutes, 54.23 seconds. At the high school state track meet this year, Lemaster won the 1,600-meter run and was second in the 3,200-meter run. She is a six-time state champion and currently holds the state-record marks for Wyoming prep indoor track in the 800- and 1,600-meter runs.
Dziardziel (Jar-gell) will join the Cowgirls and will be counted on as a valuable asset to the sprinting group.
At the Wyoming state meet in May, she finished fourth in the 100-meter dash. She also was fifth in the 200-meter dash, and was part of teams that finished first in the 4-by-100-meter relay and third in the 4-by-400-meter relay. Lemaster also was part of that 4-by-400 team.
"Bree had kind of an up-and-down senior season but is somebody who will add much-needed depth to our sprint corps and depth is an area that we're lacking in," Yentes said. "We don't have a big team so it's something that will help us."
The Wyoming women now have eight total signees, including Jolie DuBois, a sprinter from Glenwood Springs, Colo.; Shreese Daniels, a thrower from Steilacoom, Wash.; Danielle Grossman, a distance runner from Colorado Springs, Colo.; Karen Koritnik, a jumper from Lovell, Wyo.; Courtney Madson, a distance runner from Novato, Calif.; and Maddie Vigil, a sprinter from Centennial, Colo.
The Cowboys have added a distance runner in Aaron Derner from Waterford, Wis.