|Posted July 31, 2008|
Women's track gets last wave of commitments
Team's first class includes several marquee Colorado track athletes
PUEBLO, Colo., (July 30, 2008) - Colorado State University-Pueblo women's track and field coach, Chad Perry, has announced his 2008-09 signees, which include a number of the top track athletes from throughout Colorado.
Heading the list is sprinter Maya Richards (Denver East HS, Denver, Colo.), who most recently won the 200- and 400-meter dash events in the 2008 State Games of the West. Richards, who ran at Denver East High School and with the M'za Greyhounds under coach, Tiyo Smith, has performed well in several non-high school meets this year.
In February, she entered the Don Barrett Air Force Open, in which RMAC powerhouses Adams State, Western State, and UCCS entered, and finished ahead of all RMAC entrants except one in the 200-meter dash. In the 400-meter, she finished ahead of all RMAC entrants except two.
Richards was pursued highly, Perry said, getting interest from the University of New Mexico and the University of Chicago before choosing CSU-Pueblo.
"She is one the premier runners in the region," Perry said of Richards. "She will help give us instant credibility in the sprint events."
Another highly touted athlete, Jasmine Rollins (Sand Creek HS/South Plains CC, Colorado Springs, Colo.), a transfer from South Plains Community College in Levelland, Tex., will join the ThunderWolves in 2008-09. Rollins finished 13th in the 2008 NJCAA National Championships in the heptathlon, which included a fourth place showing in the 800-meter run. She helped South Plains to a second place showing in the national championships.
A number of additional athletes, many having experience in the Colorado State High School Track and Field Championships, have also signed letters of intent to CSU-Pueblo. Topping that list are DeVen Hamlet (George Washington HS, Denver, Colo.), Sierra Jones (Montbello HS, Denver, Colo.), and Danita Wyatt (Rangeview HS, Aurora, Colo.),
Hamlet, who finished fourth in the state in 100 and sixth in the 200 in 2008, brings considerable experience to the ThunderWolves despite only being an incoming freshman. Like Richards, she competed in the Don Barrett Air Force Open, excelling in the 60-meter dash, finishing sixth overall, only trailing four Division I runners and one runner from Colorado School of Mines.
Jones, a Montbello High School grad, ran the first leg of Montbello's 5A state champion 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams, and finished seventh in the state in the 100 hurdles in 2008. Montbello won the overall 5A state championship with help from Jones, as well.
Wyatt, who sat out her senior season at Rangeview High School due to an injury, was a top ten placer at state in 2007 in multiple events. She finished ninth in the 100-meter dash, eighth in the long jump and fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 36-feet, 4-3/4 inches. She also finished fourth in the state in the long jump as a sophomore in 2006.
Richards, Rollins, Hamlet, Jones and Wyatt are just a sampling of the caliber of athlete Perry has to fill the ThunderWolves' track roster, which includes over 20 incoming freshmen.
"This group gives us a foundation over a four-year period," Perry said. "There is going to be a steep learning curve for them as freshmen, but we're counting on them to become a super sophomore class. Programs hardly ever have over 20 freshmen coming in, and that gives our group outstanding growth potential."
The distance leg of the track and field team will prepare for the beginning of the cross country season on Sept. 6 at UC-Colorado Springs while the indoor track season starts Dec. 5 at Colorado School of Mines. The outdoor track season begins Mar. 20.
CSU-PUEBLO WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD ROSTER
Aubree Alley (Walsh HS, Walsh, Colo.) - Sprints/Relays
Liz Arroyo (Fountain-Fort Carson HS, Fountain-Fort Carson HS) - Distance/XC
Brittney Bullers (Harrison HS, Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Hurdles/Sprints
Lauren Chapman (George Washington HS, Denver, Colo.) - Multi/Throws
Simfoni Crowley (George Washington HS, Denver, Colo.) - Sprints/Relays
Stephanie Dufford (Evergreen HS, Evergreen, Colo.) - Multi/Throws
Jazmin Evans (Chaparral HS, Parker, Colo.) - Multi/Sprints
Blair Gilkes (Smoky Hill HS, Aurora, Colo.) - Sprints/Jumps
DeVen Hamlet (George Washington HS, Denver, Colo.) - Sprints
Lindsey Herrera (Pueblo West HS, Pueblo West, Colo.) - Distance/XC
Michelle Herrera (Pueblo West HS, Pueblo West, Colo.) - Distance/XC
Sierra Jones (Montbello HS, Denver, Colo.) - Hurdles/Sprints
Jennifer Kleiner (Mesa Ridge HS, Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Jumps
Elisabeth Lewis (George Washington HS, Denver, Colo.) - Distance/XC
Tara Lindsey-Chavez (Pomona HS, Arvada, Colo.) - Distance/XC
Hyacinth Martin (George Washington HS, Denver, Colo.) - Sprints
Lori McGrath (Pueblo West HS, Pueblo West, Colo.) - Multi/Jumps
Andi Morris (Golden HS, Golden, Colo.) - Hurdles/Sprints
Veronica Pedraza (John Mall HS, Walsenburg, Colo.) - Distance/XC
Chaimie Pewitt (Centennial HS, Pueblo, Colo.) - Distance/XC
Jasmine Rollins (Sand Creek HS/South Plains CC, Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Multi/Jumps
Stephanie Rossell (Doherty HS, Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Multi
Krista Wiltberger (Doherty HS, Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Multi/Jumps