Rovelto Announces 2011 Signing Class

Cliff Rovelto and Moritz Cleve

July 7, 2010

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State track and field coach Cliff Rovelto has signed his incoming class of student-athletes for the 2010-11 season. Rovelto said this year's signing class has potential to make a large impact for the Wildcats and make the team a force on the conference and national level.

 

Rovelto announced the signing of 12 athletes on Wednesday, nine on the women's team and three on the men's squad. The class has a heavy dose of local talent and talent from the Lone Star State with a total of three recruits from Texas.

 

"This class includes a number of athletes who will undoubtedly be NCAA qualifiers and All Americans," Rovelto said. "There are also a number of athletes who we feel can develop to be contributors at the Big 12 Conference level. We always set out to attract the best athletes the state of Kansas has to offer and we are pleased to have added a number of such athletes to this year's class."

 

Five of the six athletes from Kansas will join the women's team with Avery Clifton from Topeka coming as a two-time 6A state champion in cross country. She also won four state titles in track and finished 24th at the 2009 Footlocker Cross Country Nationals.

 

Julia Zeiner is a versatile athlete who competed in both long jump and triple jump in Marion in addition to also running both the 100 meter hurdles and 300 hurdles in high school.

 

Brooke Sharp is a high jumper from Chanute, and Rovelto will look to bring another strong female to the front for High Jumper U.

 

The trio of Kim Coleman, Angela Hart and Erica Twiss will join K-State's squad after successful high school careers in Texas.

 

Coleman is a sprinter from Tyler with a personal best 11.38 seconds in the 100 meters. Hart is a hurdler with experience in both the short and long distance hurdle events. Twiss is another athlete with strong numbers in sprints and jump events but also has experience in the heptathlon.

 

A trio of women come to K-State to compete in throwing events - two of them from Kansas. Ammina AgBoga transfers to K-State from Coffeyville Community College to compete in throwing events. Shelby Buster is coming to K-State from Madison High School in Hamilton, and specializing in the javelin. Jessica Carter is a native of Naperville, Ill., and transfers from Cloud County Community College where she saw success throwing shot put, hammer and weight.

 

The Wildcats will have one more thrower join the ranks with Tomaz Bogovic transferring from Arizona. In 2009, Bogovic finished fourth at the Pac 10 Outdoor Championship in the hammer throw. He has a personal best of 206-08 in the hammer throw and 58-05 in the indoor weight throw.

 

Adam Porter is a local product for the men's team coming to K-State from McPherson. In high school, Porter won a total of five 6A state titles while competing in the 800M, 1,600M and 3,200M.

 

Courtney Williams rounds out the recruiting class for the men's team and will add more depth in the sprints for the Wildcats. Williams boasts a personal best time of 10.70 seconds in the 100M and 21.77 in the 200M. He will come to Manhattan from Kingstown, St. Vincent.