June 21, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming track and field coach Bryan Berryhill announced Friday afternoon the addition of 16 student-athletes to his roster for the 2013-14 season.
The 16 newcomers are Katelyn Davis (Colorado Springs, Colo.), Danielle Alexander (Cheyenne, Wyo.), Shana Wilcoxson (Burns, Wyo.), Logan Yurek (Cheyenne, Wyo.), Rachelle Leseberg (DuBois, Wyo.), Sidney Merrill (Akron, Colo.), Robert Wingeleth (Lyman, Wyo.), Ryan Rogers (Fort Collins, Colo.), Cody Jerabek (St. Paul, Minn.), Jordan Charles (Aurora, Colo.), Stephen Kristy (Hettinger, N.D.), Thomas Atkinson (University of Liverpool), Harry Fisher (Cardiff Metropolitan), Dylan Morin (Sheridan, Wyo.), Garrett Westlake (Gainesville, Fla.) and Michael Rotellini (Sheridan, Wyo.).
"We like who we're bringing into the program and feel that all of them can come in and make an immediate impact," Berryhill said. "The class is a solid mix of great high school athletes or transfers from other universities who have proven what they can do. With the incoming talent we'll have, we feel we are headed in the right direction to complement the great athletes already returning."
The additions bring the 2013 class to 26 as the other 10 newcomers were announced in February. The following is an individual look at each incoming athlete joining the UW track teams:
Katelyn Davis - Widefield HS - Colorado Springs, Colo.
Finished fourth in the shot put at the 2013 Class 4A Colorado state track and field championships this past spring."With some time developing her strength and power levels, along with some technical changes, I believe Katie has the potential to help us in the near future. She will also spend some time learning the hammer and weight throw this coming fall." -Coach Paul Barrett
Danielle Alexander - Cheyenne Central HS - Cheyenne, Wyo.
200M - 25.18
400M - 56.50
"The coaching staff is very excited that Danielle has chosen to run for the Cowgirls. She is a very talented athlete that is just scratching the surface as far as what she can achieve in this sport. She is also a great student that possesses very good leadership skills." -Coach Bryan Berryhill
Shana Wilcoxson - Burns HS - Burns, Wyo.
Nine-time state champion in jumping and vault events at Wyoming state track championships.
High Jump - 5'-2"
Long Jump - 17'-7.75"
Pole Vault - 10'-6"
Triple Jump - 37'-6.25"
"Shana has shown great versatility in the jumping events. She has achieved so much already with her high school career, and the potential for development is still very high. It's exciting to work with someone with so many options and to help them find the right events to excel at." - Coach Shaun Meinecke
Logan Yurek -Cheyenne East HS - Cheyenne, Wyo.
100m - 12.62
200m - 25.22
400m - 56.31
Pole Vault - 11'-0"
"Logan had a great career at Cheyenne East and we look for her to have continued success here at Wyoming. She has the talent to have an immediate impact for us on the track. She is a wonderful student-athlete that will be a great addition to our program." - Coach Bryan Berryhill"Logan brings a very competitive and ambitious attitude to our team. She has a sincere passion for track and field and is going to be a great addition to our 400-meter group. She has shown us good foot speed with her short sprints mark and that gives us a great starting point for her college career." -Coach Shaun Meinecke
Rachelle Leseberg - Dubois High School -Dubois, Wyo.
Named Wyoming Track Athlete of the Year for Class 1A
100m hurdles - 15.58
100m - 12.46
300m hurdles - 48.27
Discus - 66-3
High Jump - 5-3
Long Jump - 17-3
Triple Jump - 35-10.75
"Rachelle is another athlete with the potential to find the perfect event in college and excel at it. She has the makings of a heptathlete, and at the same time has marks that can contribute in open events." -Coach Shaun Meinecke
Sidney Merrill -Akron HS - Akron, Colo.
Merrill is the Colorado High School Coaches Association winner of the 40th Fred Steinmark High School Athlete of the Year award. At 6-2, she has been all-state and all-conference in volleyball for three years and all-conference and all-state in basketball the past four years. She has won four state individual titles in the pole vault.
100m hurdles - 16.02
300m hurdles - 50.69
Discus - 98'-9"
High Jump - 5'-0"
Long Jump - 14'-11"
Pole Vault - 10'-7"
Shot Put - 36'-11"
"Sidney has shown a tremendous amount of athletic ability, not only on the track, but in all of her sports. Because of her all-around ability, she definitely has the potential to become another outstanding heptathlete for us." -Coach Shaun Meinecke
Robert Wingeleth - Lyman High School - Lyman, Wyo.
Long Jump - 23'-1"
Triple Jump - 44'-8.75"
"Bobby has made significant improvements this year, winning state titles in the long jump both indoors and outdoors. His approach and explosiveness are exciting to have the opportunity to work with. He'll definitely be someone who will come in and work hard and make some great contributions to the team." -Coach Shaun Meinecke
Ryan Rogers - Fort Collins HS - Fort Collins, Colo.
110m hurdles - 14.93
300m hurdles - 38.84
"Ryan made some big improvements this year and his consistency throughout the season was impressive. He will add another great piece to the 400m hurdles group. His work ethic and personality will give us another great freshman addition to the team." -Coach Shaun Meinecke
Cody Jerabek - University of St. Thomas - St. Paul, Minn.
Cody earned a bachelor degree in Peace Studies and Philosophy at the University of St. Thomas. He will be attending law school at Wyoming this fall. He was named the 2013 MIAC Outstanding Men's Track Athlete after winning dual titles in the 100- and 200-yard dashes."Cody helps us fill a gap due to graduation, and gives us another very versatile sprinter that can help us in his individual events and relays. Being a grad student and continuing his career here shows us that he has the determination to be successful." -Coach Shaun Meinecke
Jordan Charles - Grandview High School - Aurora, Colo.
State champion in the 110 hurdles and state runner-up in the 300 hurdles.
100m - 11.01
110m hurdles - 13.99
300m hurdles - 38.58
60m hurdles - 8.27
60m - 6.97
"Jordan has the makings of a great hurdler. He is 6'2", and his pure sprint ability shows us that his hurdles times can still make significant drops. He has a definite love for the sport and will be a great addition to a strong hurdles group." -Coach Shaun Meinecke
Stephen Kristy - Hettinger HS - Hettinger, N.D.
High Jump - 6'-6"
Parents are Mark and LaNae Kristy. All-region basketball and football teams for the past two years.
Thomas Atkinson - University of Liverpool
Thomas achieved his bachelor's degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Liverpool in June and runs middle distance for the Sale Harriers Manchester. He will be attending graduate school at the University of Wyoming this fall.
800m - 1:50.70
1500m - 3:53.00
"Thomas is a very talented and versatile runner. He will make an immediate impact for the Cowboys in the middle distance events. He also brings a lot of international experience with him, which should make for a smooth transition to collegiate running." -Coach Bryan Berryhill
Harry Fisher - Cardiff Metropolitan University
Harry achieved his bachelor's degree from Cardiff Metropolitan University this June. Harry runs middle distance for the Southampton Athletic Club and will be attending graduate school at the University of Wyoming this fall.
"Harry will bring not only his fast times but his international experience with him to Wyoming. Harry is a very talented runner that should be able to contend for a conference championship in the 800. We are very excited to have such a talented young man represent our program." -Coach Bryan Berryhill
Dylan Morin - University of Washington - Sheridan, Wyo.
Graduated from Sheridan HS in Sheridan, Wyo. in May of 2011.
1 Mile - 4:17
3000m - 8:30
8000m (Cross Country) - 24:45
"Dylan had a great career at Sheridan High School before spending the last two years running for the Washington Huskies. He is a very talented runner and his experience of running in the PAC-12 will help him become a very successful runner for the Cowboys. He has amazing leadership skills and we look for him to be one of the leaders of our cross country team this fall." -Coach Bryan Berryhill
Garrett Westlake - P.K. Yonge School - Gainesville, Fla.
1,600m - 4:25.86
3,200m - 9:33.56
5,000m (Cross Country) - 15:39.93
"Garrett is a very good student-athlete who has proven to be a very good runner in the state of Florida. We look for him to add depth in the distance and cross country teams. He's a hard working student-athlete who will be a great addition to our program." - Coach Bryan Berryhill
Michael Rotellini - Sheridan HS - Sheridan, Wyo.
1,600m - 4:22.36
3,200m - 9:38.63
5,000m (cross country) - 16:05.00
"Michael had a great career for Sheridan High School. He is a very tough athlete and will add immediate depth to our distance and cross country teams. He is also a very good student and has the type of character we want on our team at Wyoming." -Coach Bryan Berryhill