K-State Track Signs 18 for 2008
K-State Track Signs 18 for 2008
“Two things we wanted to do with this recruiting class was to fill holes in our roster and to put quality people into those positions, and I feel we did that in a lot of places. Both of our teams will be more complete and stronger with this class,” said Rovelto about the incoming student-athletes.
The new additions to the 2008 women’s squad are: Chelsie Bonds, Anais Galan, Meriel Harwood, LeKeisha Herring, Nina Kokot, Nancy Piazza, Ali Pistora, Annika Schonebeck, Abby Shanahan, Chrissy Stettnichs and Ti’Ara Walpool.
Bonds joins the Wildcats from Wichita Southeast and is a two-time state runner-up in the discus. She holds a career-best in the discus of 138-09 and in the shot put of 38-07.
Galan is a distance runner from Puerto Rico and attends
Harwood competes in the pole vault for Palatine High in
Herring is a native of
Herring holds personal-bests in the triple jump of 39-04.00 and the long jump of 18-01.00. During the 2003 season, she was the district long and triple jump champion, and in 2007 she was a district runner-up in the triple jump.
Kokot is a native of
Piazza joins the Wildcats after a very successful stint at
During her high school career, Piazza won the 2005 state title in the pole vault and helped the team to a state title in 2001 with a runner-up finish.
Pistora, a product of Tonganoxie, entered the 2007 outdoor season ranked third in the nation in the women’s javelin by Track and Field News. She finished the season with her second straight runner-up finish at the Kansas High School State track meet. She also carded a second-place effort at the Kansas Relays.
In 2006, Pistora entered the season ranked eighth by Track and Field News and registered a Tonganoxie school record and the best distance in the state with a toss of 154-06.
Schonebeck will bolster the women’s team in the combined events. The product of
In 2006, Schonebeck finished eighth at the German Championships in the heptathlon and from 2005-2007, she earned eight titles at the Bavarian Championships in a number of events.
Shanahan is an all-state pole vaulter from
Stettnichs is an accomplished athlete who joins the Wildcats from Spirit Lake High in
Walpool is the second student-athlete in this class to sign from the state of
Joining the men’s squad for 2008 are: Thomas Brown, Moritz Cleve, Rok Derzanic, Andrew Jorgenson, Clinton MacDonald, Nelson Onyegbu and Mike Sickafoose. Brown is a product of Fulton High in Fulton, Mo., and is a seven-time North Central Missouri Conference champion in the 100- and 200-meter dashes, as well as a member of the conference champion 4x100- and 4x200-meter relays teams. He is a five-time all-state performer and has personal bests in the 100 of 10.63 and 200 of 21.94.
Cleve will be a freshman, arriving from
Derzanic is another combined event athlete joining the team as a freshman from
Jorgenson joins the men’s program after a successful turn at
MacDonald is a four-time performer in cross country and a three-time state qualifier in track from Southeast of Salina. He owns personal bests in the 400-meter dash of 52.74, the 800-meter run of 1:58.00, the mile of 4:31.00 and the 3200-meter run of 10:18.00. On the cross country course, MacDonald has clocked a personal-best of 16:09 at 5,000-meters.
Onyegbu is a sprinter from
Sickafoose joins the K-State distance program from
In November, K-State signed five student-athletes to NLIs. The student-athletes that signed early were: Aiga Grabuste, Michael Healey, Boaz Lalang, Lauren Lucas and Sydney Messick.