K-State Track Signs Seven

MANHATTAN, Kan. Kansas State track and field coach Cliff Rovelto announced the signing of seven student-athletes to National Letters of Intent on Tuesday. The group has seen a strong amount of success at the high school level to bring on campus as Wildcats for the 2009-10 seasons.


Laura Lee Baird signs with K-State out of Norton Community High School after earning All-State honors in three events her junior season. Baird finished second in the Kansas Class 3A meet in the 800 meters and 1,600 meters. She also finished third in the 400 meters closing out her strong showing at the state meet. Baird also finished third in the 3A cross country championship in 2008.


Patrick Greer signs with K-State out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Shawnee, Kan. His strength in cross country should add to the Wildcat squad after a solid senior campaign this fall.


Derek Jerde is a two-time defending Class 2A state champion in the high jump from Chaska, Minnesota. He posted a mark of 6-10.00 en route to winning the title as a junior last season.


Erik Kynard signs with K-State out of Toledo, Ohio, where he holds the highest jump in the nation for a returning senior this year at 7-03.75. Kynard competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials this summer as well as the World Juniors in Poland.


Grant Loescher received All-State honors in four events as a junior last season for Newton High School in Kansas. Loescher earned his first two honors in the 100 meters with a time of 10.82 seconds. He then ran 22.25 seconds in the 200 meters with both events running into a strong headwind. Loescher anchored the 4X100 relay to finish second at the Class 5A state meet. He also ran a leg of the 4X400 relay that finished fourth. Loescher holds school records in the 200 meters (22.04) and the 4X100 relay (42.30).


Isaac Mallory is out of Gardner High School in Kansas and defending state champion and record holder in the pole vault with a vault of 16 feet. He also has lettered in football and basketball at Gardner High and will compete in the decathlon at K-State.


Sara Stoakes brings versatility with her to Kansas State after winning four Iowa Class A state championships in 2008. Stoakes signs out of North Tama High School and the K-State staff anticipates her contributing to the Wildcats in multiple events. She won the 100, 200 and 400 meters state titles last season and the 4K cross country title as well.