June 16, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. - University of Wyoming track and field coach Bryan Berryhill announced Monday that 11 student-athletes have committed to compete as Cowboys and Cowgirls beginning this fall. The group joins nine student-athletes who signed with Wyoming in February.
"I think all of our staff has done an outstanding job recruiting this year and this last group shows that," Berryhill said. "We are exciting about this recruiting class and specifically that we expanded the depth of our program with these kids. Looking back on this year, how we get better as a program is to increase our depth with quality student-athletes and that is what we have here. We are bringing in quality student-athletes in a lot of areas that will help us continue to move up the Mountain West Conference ranks."
UW's 2014 recruiting class now includes 13 natives of the Equality State and student-athletes from a total of five states.
2014 Wyoming Track & Field Signees:
Travis Allison - Jumps - McGregor, Texas (Tarleton State)
A transfer from NCAA Division II Tarleton State...will have two years of eligibility...as a sophomore in 2013-14, placed third at the Lone Star Conference Championships by clearing 6-7 in the high jump...placed fourth in the event as a freshman...recorded a NCAA DII provisional qualifying jump of 6-8 3/4 as a freshman...owns a personal best of 6-9 in the high jump...completed his prep career at McGregor High School...was a four-time letterman in track and field...four-time district champion in the high jump...also won regional meet as a junior...three time state qualifier...all-state honorable mention in football...son of Paul and Robbie Jo Allison...Paul played collegiate football, while Robbie Jo played basketball.
Kevin Blackett - Sprints - Rapid City, S.D. (Stevens HS)
A letterwinner in track, football and basketball who was a finalist for South Dakota Athlete of the Year as a senior...owns personal bests of 10.79 in the 100 meters, 22.20 in the 200 meters and 49.67 in the 400 meters...did not compete at the state outdoor meet as a senior due to an illness...entered the meet ranked third in the 200 meters and was a member of the 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400-meter relays that ranked in the top five in the state...as a junior finished fifth in the 200 meters and helped the 4x400-meter relay to second place....on the basketball court, earned academic all-state honors as a senior...coached by Paul Hendry...son of Mike and Kari Blackett.
Hannah Carr - Throws - Monument, Colo. (Classical Academy)
Won the discus and shot put at the Colorado state outdoor meet the past two seasons....as a senior, set the new Class 3A discus record with a school-record toss of 143-9...also holds the school record in the shot put at 41-11 1/2...on the basketball court, earned all-state honors as a junior and senior...coached by Alan Versaw and Patrick Bertles...daughter of Douglas and Devon Carr.
"I was very impressed with Hannah's competitiveness during the state championships this spring," UW associate head coach Paul Barrett. "When her main rival came up with a state record-tying throw to take the lead at 141-8, Hannah responded immediately with a new state record and PR of her own. Hannah is an athletic, versatile, tall athlete with lots of potential for the future I believe. I am excited to have her concentrate fully on the throwing events and put some time in the weight room this fall,"
Robert Creager - Jumps - Casper, Wyo. (Natrona County HS)
One of the state's best jumpers over the past two years....as a senior won state outdoor titles in the triple jump and long jump, while placing second in the high jump to help Natrona County to its second-straight team title...at the indoor state meet won the high jump to assist the Mustangs to a team title...as a junior, placed second at the outdoor state meet in the high jump and long jump...owns personal bests of 6-5 in the high jump, 23-2 3/4 in the long jump and 44-11 in the triple jump...coached by Rosie Brown...son of Tom and Kathy Creager.
Melina Harris - Sprints - Cheyenne, Wyo. (Central HS)
Was runner-up in the 100 meters at this year's outdoor state meet...also a member of Central's runner-up 4x100-meter relay team...owns personal best of 12.38 in the 100 meters, 25.80 in the 200 meters and 59.33 in the 400 meters...coached by Andrea Tuttle...daughter of Keith and Mag Harris.
Calum Kepler - Middle Distance - Casper, Wyo. (Kelly Walsh)
As a senior, placed fourth in the 800 meters at the state outdoor meet and fifth in the 400 meters...also helped Kelly Walsh's 4x400-meter relay place second and 4x800-meter relay place third...at the indoor state meet was a member of the winning 4x400-meter relay...helped Kelly Walsh finish second at the state outdoor meet the last two years and at the indoor meet this year...owns personal bests of 49.91 in the 400 meters and 1:54.11 in the 800 meters...coached by Mark Hileman...son of Annie Kepler.
Maddy McClure - Middle Distance - Sheridan, Wyo. (Sheridan HS)
A multiple-sport athlete who has run just one year of track and cross country...earned all-conference honors in basketball as a senior and junior, while being named all-conference track as a senior....lettered in soccer, basketball, track and cross country during her prep career....owns personal bests of 58.9 in the 400 meters and 2:18 in the 800 meters....coached by Art Baures...daughter of Greg and Lisa McClure.
Clare Nicolas - Multis - Elizabeth, Colo. (Fort Lewis College)
A transfer from NCAA Division II Fort Lewis College...will have four years of eligibility...played in one game last season for the Skyhawks basketball team, before earning a medical redshirt...completed her prep career at Elizabeth High School...three-year starter at post for the basketball team and four-year starter at pitcher for the softball team...named first-team all-conference and all-state for softball...named second-team all-conference for basketball...ran track her senior year and was named team MVP...qualified for the state meet in the 400 meters...owns a personal best of 59.8...the daughter of Rick and Deb Nicolas.
Heidi Pfoor - Hurdles - Cheyenne, Wyo. (Central HS)
One of the top hurdlers in the state....as a senior won the state outdoor meet in the 100-meter hurdles, while finishing second in the 300-meter hurdles...at the state indoor meet won the 55-meter hurdles with the fastest time in all classes...owns personal bests of 14.51 in the 100-meter hurdles and 43.61 in the 300-meter hurdles...coached by Andrea Tuttle...daughter of Karl and Fiona Pfoor.
Tori Sleep - Throws - Powell, Wyo. (Powell HS)
A four-time state champion in Class 3A...as a senior won the state outdoor meet in the discus and shot put...also won the same two events at the outdoor meet as a junior...owns personal bests of 136-6 in the discus and 43-9 in the shot put...coached by Nevin Jacobs and Scott Smith...daughter of Jason and Ginger Sleep.
"Tori really showed me her work ethic and desire levels towards being a Division I athlete throughout this season," UW associate head coach Paul Barrett. "I was very impressed in her all-out efforts to reach the necessary marks we discussed. This showed me she has untapped potential to come in and help the Cowgirls during her career. I am very excited to have her become a member of our track and field family at Wyoming."
Ashley Sondag - Distance - Casper, Wyo. (Natrona County HS)
As a senior, finished runner-up in the 1,600 and 3,2000 meters at the state indoor championships...at the state outdoor meet, was seventh in the 1,600 and fifth in the 3,200 meters, while also helping Natrona County place second in the 4x800-meter relay, while battling an illness...at the state cross country meet, placed seventh overall...owns personal bests of 5:14 in the 1,600 meters and 11:19 in the 3,200 meters...coached by her mother, Becky Sondag...daughter of Corey and Becky Sondag.
Clay Carlson (Casper, Wyo.), Quinn DeStefano (Gillette, Wyo.), Ricky Faure (Rock Springs, Wyo.), Lauren Hamilton (Monument, Colo.), Rebecca Harris (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Jonah Henry (Laramie, Wyo.), Garrett Lynch (Powell, Wyo.), Kimberly Robertson (Lovell, Wyo.) and Madison Seaman (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) signed with Wyoming in February.