UW Track & Field Inks 11 Signees

LARAMIE, Wyo. – The University of Wyoming track & field program has signed 11 new athletes to its 2017-18 roster, head coach Bryan Berryhill announced Tuesday. Of the 11 new signees, six are Cowboys and five are Cowgirls, while the athletes hail from five states. The group includes two throwers, two jumpers, three distance runners and four sprinters and hurdlers. 

“We are very excited about this recruiting class,” Berryhill said following the early signing period. "There were specific event areas we wanted to address during the early signing period and we accomplished that goal. The coaching staff believes these student-athletes can be immediate point scorers and help this program move towards our goal of winning a Mountain West championship. I'm very proud of all the hard work our coaching staff put in to bring this class of talented student-athletes to the University of Wyoming."

Find detailed information about each new Cowboy and Cowgirl below.

Allison Mann | Distance | Colorado Springs, Colo. | Liberty HS

- Placed third in the 3,200 meters at the 2016 5A Colorado State Track & Field Championships with a time of 11:10.60
- Placed ninth in the 2016 5A Colorado State Cross Country Championships with a 5K time of 19:11.40

Personal Bests

- Mile: 5:18.61
- 5K (XC): 18:25

Wyoming assistant distance coach Amanda Clower: “We are very excited to add Allison Mann to our Cowgirl roster. She shows outstanding dedication in both her athletics and academics. She has extraordinary work ethic and character. She will make an immediate contribution to our talented Cowgirl team.”

Jerald Taylor | Distance | Westcliffe, Colo. | Custer County HS

- 2016 Colorado 2A state cross country champion with a time of 16:06.28, winning by a large margin
- 2016 Colorado 2A state runner-up in the 3,200 meters and fifth-place finisher in the 1,600 meters
- Placed third at the 2015 Southwest NXR Cross Country Championships

Wyoming assistant distance coach Amanda Clower: “JT is a phenomenal competitor as seen in his Colorado state championship performance this past cross country season. His family oriented character is a great fit to our Cowboy family and he will add great depth and talent to our team.” 

Hayden Scott | Distance | Athena, Ore. | Weston McEwen HS

- 2016 Oregon state champion in the 800 meters and 1,600 meters
- 2016 Oregon cross country state runner-up

Wyoming assistant distance coach Amanda Clower: “We are very excited to add an athlete and person such as Hayden to our Cowboy team. His parents both graduated from UW in the 1990s and Hayden has always dreamed of carrying on that legacy. He shows incredible passion and the drive of someone that will be very successful here.”

Marie Doherty | Jumps | Gillette, Wyo. | Campbell County HS

- Coached by Steve Mischke at Campbell County HS
- Marie’s extracurricular interests include serving as a belay and climbing instructor
- Marie is the fifth of seven children

Personal Bests

- High Jump: 5-4

Wyoming jumps coach Quincy Howe: “Marie will join a burgeoning high jump crew that’s young but talented. As with the other signees in this class, Marie has the ability to be a key contributor to the Cowgirls’ future success. She has been coached well by Coach Mischke at Campbell County High School and we anticipate a continued upward trajectory in her development when she sets foot on campus.”

William Nolan | Jumps/Sprints | Cheyenne, Wyo. | Cheyenne South HS

- Multiple-time Wyoming 4A state champion in the long jump and triple jump
- Would like to study PC logic and environmental events
- William is the youngest child in his family
- Coached by Tim Woodard at Cheyenne South HS

Personal Bests

- Long Jump: 22-8
- Triple Jump: 48-6

Wyoming jumps coach Quincy Howe: “We are super excited to have William join our team. He is a quality young man and has a very high ceiling. He will help in both the horizontal jumps and short sprints immediately. We are also extremely pleased to keep our best talent here in the Equality State.”

Savannah Phillips | Sprints | Cokeville, Wyo. | Cokeville HS

- 8-time Wyoming 1A state champion in the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters
- Wyoming 1A state recordholder in the 400 meters

Personal Bests

- 100 meters: 12.69
- 200 meters: 26.01
- 400 meters: 58.52
- 800 meters: 2:21.28

Wyoming sprints and hurdles coach Shaun Meinecke: “We’ve watched Savannah for three years, as she has won multiple state titles for her school.  She’s raced everything from the 100 meters to the 800 meters and we’re excited about to her ability to contribute in various events.  She’s a hard worker with a great mindset, and I’m looking forward to seeing what goals she’s set for herself for her senior year as well as her continuing development in years to come.” 

Jake Harthun | Sprints | Oregon City, Ore. | Oregon City HS

Personal Bests

- 60 meters: 7.10
- 100 meters: 11.07
- 200 meters: 22.18
- 400 meters: 48.66

Wyoming sprints and hurdles coach Shaun Meinecke: “Jake had a wonderful start to his junior year that was unfortunately cut short by injury.  However, he has showed us that he is even more motivated to return this year and continue to excel.  Jake adds depth and most importantly versatility to our sprints group. His range allows him opportunity to establish himself collegiately in a variety of ways.  Jake is also an exceptional student, showing his ability to balance the student-athlete life.”

McCade Johnson | Sprints/Hurdles | Laramie, Wyo. | Laramie HS

- 2016 Wyoming 4A state champion in the 300-meter hurdles
- 2016 Wyoming 4A state runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles
- 2016 Wyoming state indoor champion in the 55-meter hurdles

Personal Bests

- 55-meter hurdles: 7.88
- 60-meter hurdles: 8.51
- 300-meter hurdles: 39.06
- 400 meters: 50.81

Wyoming sprints and hurdles coach Shaun Meinecke: “McCade continues to develop into a great combination hurdler.  His indoor marks from last year, along with his open 400 marks, have showed me that he has the ability to continue to drop his times in the future.  In addition, he’s a great young man who is a second-generation UW athlete, and I know that he and his family are excited for him to continue his career in Laramie.”    

Brandon McGuire | Hurdles | Glendale, Ariz. | Kellis HS

- Arizona Division II state champion in 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles

Personal Bests

- 110-meter hurdles: 14.17 (ranked 27th in the U.S. among juniors)
- 300-meter hurdles: 37.58 (ranked 12th in the U.S. among juniors)
- 400-meter hurdles: 53.48 (ranked seventh in the U.S. among juniors)

Wyoming sprints and hurdles coach Shaun Meinecke: “Brandon had a breakthrough season as a junior, and continued that on into improving his 400-meter hurdles over the summer.  He’s a great competitor with a wonderful personality that clicked with me immediately.  He has vast potential as a combination hurdler and we’re excited about the hurdle group we have developed.”

Addison Henry | Throws | Loup City, Neb. | Loup City HS

- 2016 Nebraska All-Class state champion in the discus 
- 2016 Nebraska Class C state champion in the discus
- 2016 Nebraska Class C state runner-up in the shot put
- Fourth place in the discus at the 2015 Nebraska Class C championships
- 2015 Nebraska Class C state qualifier in the shot put
- 2014 Nebraska Class C state qualifier in the shot put

Personal Bests

- Shot Put: 42-11.5
- Discus: 154-8
- Hammer: 124-0

Wyoming throws coach Paul Barrett: “I really enjoyed my visit with Addison and her parents, Paul and Kim Henry.  Like myself, they come from a small town with great family values and a hard work ethic.  I believe Addison has a great natural feel for the discus throw and has a lot of potential to be an elite-level-type thrower in her college career.  It was so great to see her father and coach help lead her to the state title and the top discus throw in the state of Nebraska in 2016 from a small town and school with a population of 1,000 people.”

Cosette Stellern | Throws | Cheyenne, Wyo. | Cheyenne East HS

- 2016 Wyoming 4A state champion in discus and shot put 
- Named Wyoming Prep Athlete of the Year in 2015 and 2016
- All-State competitor in volleyball in 2014, 2015 and 2016
- All-State competitor in basketball in 2014 and 2015
- Three-time Wyoming 4A state champion in volleyball
- AVCA and Under Armour Honorable Mention All-American in 2016
- Named a high school volleyball All-American by prepvolleyball.com in 2015
- Her father, John Stellern, was a thrower at UW from 1983-87 and still holds the Laramie High School record for the discus throw
- Her grandfather was a professor at UW for 40 years and won a bronze medal in the shot put at the NCAA Championships while competing for Cal-Berkeley

Personal Bests

- Shot Put: 41-6.75
- Discus: 142-10

Wyoming throws coach Paul Barrett: “Cosette is without a doubt one of the finest all-around athletes to ever come out of the state of Wyoming.   Her work ethic is second to none.  She trains year-round, non-stop, in three sports with great determination and passion.  While she has certainly had success in the throwing events at this point in her high school career, her current personal bests in the throws do not show her true potential.  I believe once she concentrates full-time in the throws, her performances will increase dramatically. I am thrilled that Cosette wants to follow in the footsteps of her UW alum parents, former Cowboy thrower John Stellern and Sheri Stellern.”