PUEBLO, Colo. (June 25, 2018) - Colorado State University-Pueblo Head Cross Country/Track and Field Coach Matt Morris has announced the signing of eight student-athletes for the 2018-19 seasons, all of which have inked National Letters of Intent.
All signees are contingent upon admission to CSU-Pueblo and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
Justin Dwinell, Sprints, Colorado Springs, Colo., Coronado HS
Coronado HS: A first team all-conference sprinter ... Finished eighth at the 5A State Championships in the 200m dash and was eighth with the 4x100m relay team as a junior ... A state qualifier in the 100m as a junior and senior ... Recorded career best times of 11.02 in the 100m dash and 22.00 in the 200m dash ... Academic All-State Honorable Mention.
Personal: Son of Anthony Dwinell and Melissa Reed ... Proposed business management major at CSU-Pueblo.
Coach Morris Quote: "Justin will compete in both football and track, and had an outstanding senior season in the sprints. He has a great attitude, work ethic, and will help us right away."
Iyana Harper, Sprints, Alamogordo, N.M., Alamogordo HS
Alamogordo HS: Was the 2017 New Mexico State 5A Champion in the 100m dash as a junior ... At the 2018 5A state championships, was runner-up in the 200m dash and third in the 100m dash ... Owns the 100m school record, which is 12.43 she ran as a junior ... Ran a personal best 25.57 in the 200m at the 2018 state championships.
Coach Morris Quote: "Iyana is an outstanding addition to our women's program and has an exceptional work ethic and competitive drive. One of the top sprinters in New Mexico, Iyana will be able to help us right away."
Justin Jenks, Throws, Helena, Mont., Capital HS
Capital HS: 2018 Montana Class AA-C State Champion in the shot put and discus ... Threw a personal best of 64' 3.5" in the shot at the state championships to rank 11th nationally for high schoolers ... Has a personal best of 180' 11" in the discus, which he threw in the divisional championships before winning the state championships with a throw of 172' 3" ... Was runner-up at the state meet in the shot put as a junior and was fourth that year in the discus ... Was a three-time state qualifier in the discus ... Also signed to play football at CSU-Pueblo where he achieved all-state honors during his prep career.
Personal: Son of Waid and LaRay Jenks ... Proposed athletic training major at CSU-Pueblo.
Coach Jess Horsley Quote: "Justin is a very high caliber athlete coming out of high school. He is a three sport athlete, so it will be fun to watch him be able to focus on track. It's very impressive what he has done in such a short season and high school career, which makes me very excited to see what he can do at the collegiate level. Along with his impressive athletic achievements, Justin has an incredible demeanor during competition and training. His high school coaches talk highly of his humbleness and respect he gives to those around him. Justin has all of the tools to become a great thrower and leader on the men's team."
Canaan Lamberth, Distance, Colorado Springs, Colo., The Classical Academy
The Classical Academy: A member of the 2018 CHSAA 3A State Boy's Outdoor Track and Field Championship team ... Ran at the Colorado 3A State Cross Country Championships all four years of high school and finished fourth as a junior and 16th as a senior in the 5K race ... Qualified for the state track and field meet in the 1600m and 3200m both as a junior and senior ... As a junior, finished fourth at state track in the 3200m and eighth in the 1600m ... Owns personal best times of 4:26 in the 1600m and 9:44 in the 3200m.
Personal: Son of James and Angela Lamberth ... Proposed criminal justice major at CSU-Pueblo.
Coach Morris Quote: "Canaan is one of the top distance runners in the area, and followed up a successful cross country season with an outstanding outdoor track season. We are excited to add Canaan to the Thunderwolf family."
Ethan Loper, Sprints, Parker, Colo., Lutheran HS
Lutheran HS: A member of the 2016 and 2017 CHSAA 3A State Boy's Outdoor Track and Field Championship teams ... Qualified for the state championships as a senior in the 200m and 400m races, the 4x400m relay and won a state championship with the 4x200m relay team, which he ran the anchor leg to help establish a new 3A state meet record ... Ran to runner-up finishes with all three of the 4x100m, 4x200m and 4x400m relay teams at the 2017 state championships ... Was a member of the state qualifying 4x400m relay team as a sophomore.
Personal: Son of Jennifer and Daryl Buss ... Proposed nursing major.
Coach Morris Quote: "Ethan is a tough competitor who is fairly new to track and field, and has a tremendous amount of upside. He had a great senior season and will be able to come in right away and contribute."
Janel Nguyen, Sprints/Jumps, Garden Grove, Calif., Bolsa Grande HS
Bolsa Grande HS: Qualified for the CIF-SS Division 2 Finals in the long jump as a junior and senior, where she finished sixth and seventh, respectively ... Won the long jump at the Orange County Championships as a senior ... Won the 100m, 200m and long jump as a junior at the Garden Grove League Finals ... Posted prep personal bests of: 100m - 12.46, 200m - 26.04, Long Jump - 18'10 3/4.
Personal: Daughter of Phillip and Yvette Nguyen ... Proposed physics major at CSU-Pueblo.
Coach Morris Quote: "Janel is an outstanding athlete, competing in both the sprints and jumps. Janel's high school marks will make her competitive at our conference level, and she will be a candidate to potentially qualify as a freshman for the national meet. She will be an important addition to our women's program."
Patrick Scoggins, Mid-Distance, Rangely, Colo., Rangely HS
Rangely HS: All-State First Team as a senior ... Western Slope League All-Conference in 2017 and 2018 ... Four-time state qualifier in cross country and track and field ... He didn't lose a 400m race as a senior, en route to a 2A State Championship ... Was a state placer in the 400m all four years, runner-up in 2017, fifth in 2016 and eighth in 2015 ... Placed at the state meet all four years in the 800m, runner-up in 2018 and 2017, sixth in 2016 and eighth in 2015 ... Finished seventh in the 200m dash at the 2018 state meet and was fourth in the race in 2017 ... Holds the school record in the 400m (49.88), 800m (1:55.50) and 1600m (4:35.14) and has a personal best time of 22.88 in the 200m ... In cross country, owns a personal best 5K time of 16:04.31 ... At the state cross country meet, placed sixth in 2017, third in 2016 and ninth in 2015.
Personal: Son of Matt and Beth Scoggins ... Both parents, Matt and Beth, ran track at McPherson College ... Brother, William, ran cross country at Fort Lewis College for four years ... Undecided on an academic major at CSU-Pueblo.
Coach Morris Quote: "Patrick has a tremendous amount of range, winning the 400m at the state meet, placing second in the 800m, and placing 7th in the 200m. He is an outstanding basketball player and overall great athlete. Patrick will come in right away and be a varsity contributor. We are excited to add him to our Thunderwolf family."
Mariah Smith, Throws, Eads, Colo., Eads HS
Eads HS: All-State in track and field in 2017 and 2018 ... A four-time state placer in the discus where she was crowned 1A State Champion as a senior (career-best and meet record throw of 133' 8") ... Was runner-up as a junior, third as a sophomore and fourth as a freshman ... Placed seventh in the shotput at the 2018 state meet and has a career-best throw of 35' 11" ... Ran with the 4x800m relay twice at the state championships and with the 4x400m relay squad once ... Also an all-conference player on the volleyball and basketball teams.
Personal: Daughter of Glenn and Tracy Smith ... Father, Glenn threw at CSU-Pueblo and brother, Garrett, threw at Fort Hays State University ... Proposed nursing major at CSU-Pueblo.
Coach Jess Horsley Quote: "Mariah is another three sport athlete that has decided to concentrate on track in college. I am very excited for Mariah, as she is just beginning to scratch the surface in the throwing events. She broke future teammate Jenna McKinley's Colorado state meet record in the discus and was seventh in the shot. Mariah's dad, Glenn Smith, was a thrower for the University of Southern Colorado (now CSU-Pueblo), so it will be fun to watch her follow in her dad's footsteps."
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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.