Morris signs four to 2017-18 squad

Morris signs four to 2017-18 squad

PUEBLO, Colo. (December 15, 2016) – Colorado State University-Pueblo Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Matt Morris inked four student-athletes to NCAA National Letters of Intent during the signing period in November.

All signees are contingent upon admission to CSU-Pueblo and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.

The Pack have signed Nicole Bouma (Kalispell, Mont.), Yasmine Hernandez (Johnstown, Colo.), Hannah Kochen (Pueblo, Colo.) and Nikayta Neu (Frederick, Colo.).

Nicole Bouma, Distance, Kalispell, Mont., Flathead HS

Flathead High School: A state qualifier all four years of cross country … Named Most Valuable Runner as a senior … Served as captain … Nnamed Rookie of the Year as a freshman … Honored as athlete of the week by KGEZ … All-State Academic Honors (varsity lettered and have above a 3.5 GPA) … Personal bests include 2:19 in the 800m, 5:16 in the 1600m and 18:22 in the 3-mile run.

Personal: Daughter of Bernadette Nickol … Proposed exercise science major.

Morris Quote: "Nicole comes to us from the same high school program as both Bailey Hughes and Gillian Maness. They do a tremendous job preparing their students to be successful college student-athletes. Nicole is a talented runner with great upside and she is an outstanding student. She should be able to come right in and contribute in cross country next fall."

Yasmine Hernandez, Sprinter, Johnstown, Colo., Mountain View HS

Mountain View High School: Gathered nearly 10 all-conference honors in first three years of high school track … As a junior was named All-Northern Conference in the 100m, 200m and 400m … Sophomore season saw all-conference awards in the 4x100m, 4x200m and medley relay … As a freshman she earned the honor in the 4x200m, 4x400m and medley relay … Most valuable sprinter in 2014, 2015 and 2016 … Personal bests include a 12.88 in the 100m, 26.1 in the 200m and 58.22 in the 400m.

Personal: Daughter of Carlos Hernandez and Kelly Gantos … Intends to major in nursing at CSU-Pueblo.

Morris Quote: "Yasmine has the ability to come right in and make an impact at the conference level in the sprints. She is competitive at a number of races, has a great work ethic and is a tremendous student. Yasmine has a lot of energy and will bring a lot to the table right away, both as a teammate and competitor."

Hannah Kochen, Sprinter, Pueblo, Colo., Pueblo South HS

Pueblo South High School: A three-sport athlete, named South Central League MVP in track … Won the 100m and was second in the 200m at the 2016 SCL Meet … Personal bests include 12.57 in the 100m and 26.46 in the 200m … A first team all-conference selection in basketball and soccer.

Personal: Daughter of Brandon Kochen … Proposed sports medicine major at CSU-Pueblo.

Morris Quote: "Hannah is a tremendous all-around athlete, exceling in three sports at the high school level. She has very competitive marks in track despite splitting her time in the spring between soccer and track. Hannah is a great kid, a very hard worker and we are very excited to see how much Hannah improves as she focuses on track and field at the collegiate level."

Nikayta Neu, Frederick, Colo., Frederick HS

Frederick High School: Competed in a wide range of track events during prep career, including 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, relays and the triple jump … Ran cross country all four years and posted a personal best 5K time of 21:38.0 … Also a three-year varsity player for the women's basketball team.

Personal: Daughter of Callico Jones … Intends to major in nursing at CSU-Pueblo.

Morris Quote: "Nikayta is another versatile athlete who has run everything from the 100m to cross country. She has a great attitude, is a hard worker and she is going to bring lots of positive energy to our program. We are excited to find out where Nikayta fits in our program and we expect her to improve quickly."

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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.