Rovelto Announces 2011-12 Signing Class

Cliff Rovelto

July 13, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – After the most successful combined season in school history, Kansas State Director of Track & Field and Cross Country Cliff Rovelto has announced the signing class for the 2011-12 season. The class includes a number of high school state champions and junior college All-Americans to add to the roster for his Wildcats this fall.

The incoming class boasts nine men and seven women and is a group Rovelto said can make an immediate impact for the Wildcats.

“We are excited about the prospects for the upcoming year,” Rovelto said. “We return a strong nucleus of student-athletes in every event area and feel that with this class we could potentially surpass our successes of this past year. With the return of some redshirted athletes from a year ago both our quality and depth will be much improved. We also anticipate adding a few more athletes in the coming weeks which will make this class one of the largest and best we have ever signed.”

The men’s roster should add some depth in the 400 meters with quarter-miler Christopher Campbell signing. Campbell is a product of Wentzville Holt High School in Lake St. Louis, Mo., and recently finished sixth at the USA Track & Field Youth Championship in the event.

Rovelto added four quarter-milers to the women’s roster with this year’s signing class as well as he welcomes Edina Brooks, Kierra Hamilton, Sarah Kolmer and Sophia Alonso to the mix. Brooks originally competed at South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, where she was a nine-time NJCAA All-American, including a second-place finish in 2009. She then enrolled at the University of Arkansas earning All-American honors on the Razorbacks’ 4x400 relay team before transferring to K-State.

Hamilton finished sixth at the Texas 5A State Championship this season and helped lead her team to the team title. She clocked in with a personal best time of 54.41 seconds at the Region II meet this season to win and was runner-up as a junior. Kolmer is a three-time state champion for Emporia High School. The Kansas native won the triple jump as a sophomore and senior and also claimed first in the 400 meters this season.

Adding some more local flavor to the team will be Sophia Alonso. The Manhattan High School product competed in soccer throughout high school and did not pick up track and field until her senior year. She thrived winning the 400 meters at the state championship meet and also finishing third in the 100 meters and long jump this year.

Rovelto has built K-State into the nation’s top high jump program and one of the elite combined events programs and has added to the arsenal again with this class. The Wildcats recently had Ryann Krais win the women’s heptathlon at the NCAA Championship as Moritz Cleve finished eighth for the men’s team. Devin Dick and Tony Granillo will join the Wildcats to compete in the decathlon for the men and Richelle Farley is expected to add to the strong depth already on the women’s squad in the heptathlon.

Dick transfers to K-State from Wichita State where he finished fourth in decathlon at the Missouri Valley Championship and eighth in the heptathlon during indoor season at the conference meet. Granillo transfers from Emporia State where he finished third at the NCAA Division II Championship this season in the decathlon. Farley comes to K-State from Cowley County Community College after an impressive season. She finished second at the NJCAA Championship in the heptathlon and also claimed third in the high jump and sixth in the 100 meter hurdles. Farley also was the runner-up at the NJCAA Indoor Championship in the pentathlon.

Erik Kynard won the NCAA high jump title outdoors this season and will compete at the IAAF World Championships as part of Team USA. He will be joined by Cameron Taylor and Joey Muzzio on the team as Alyx Treasure and Joslyn Barnes will jump for the women.

Taylor transfers to K-State from Cloud County Community College where he competed in all three jumping events and is expected to contribute for the Wildcats in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. Muzzio won the Virginia 3A State Championship this season and was the runner-up at the prestigious Penn Relays. He also qualified for the USA Track & Field Junior Championships.

Treasure is a three-time British Columbia high school champion in the high jump with her best leap coming at 5-11.50, which also is a British Columbia girl’s record. Barnes hails from California and has cleared 5-10.00. She finished third at the CIF State Championship this season was won the CIF Southern Section Division II.

Adding more speed for the men’s team, Rovelto has signed Dane Steen from Jamaica. Steen has clocked in at 10.72 seconds in the 100 meters and 21.56 in the 200. He was a finalist at the 2010 Carifta Trials.

Cameron Savage transfer in from Saddleback Community College and will join sophomore Kyle Wait to form a young group of strong pole vaulters for the Wildcats. Wait finished 11th at the USA Junior Championships this summer. Savage finished fifth at the California Junior College state meet last year and won the California Relays with a mark of 16-08.75. He has a personal best of 17-01.00.

The Wildcat women have had a long history of success in the throwing events and will add two more to the ranks for the 2011-12 season. Dani Winters and Carly Henry have signed to join the K-State squad and each has state titles to their names. Winters won the Kansas 2A shot put and discus as a senior. She also claimed the discus title as a junior and finished second in the shot put that year. Henry won the Nebraska Class B title in both shot and disc this season and claimed all-class in both as her marks were farther than champions in any other class.

Rounding out the class for the men’s squad is mid-distance runner Logan Smith. Smith comes to K-State from Owasso, Okla., where he won the Oklahoma 6A state title in the 800 meters. He also was the 2010 USATF Youth Young Men’s National Champion in the 800. He will add to the depth in the mid-distance events where the Wildcats saw success at the Big 12 Championships this season.

K-State 2011-12 Track & Field Signing Class
Men
Christopher Campbell: 200m, 400m (Lake St. Louis, Mo./Wentzville Holt HS)
Devin Dick: combined events (Buhler, Kan./Wichita State)
Tony Granillo: combined events (Moscow, Kan./Emporia State)
Joey Muzzio: high jump (Fairfax, Va./James Robinson HS)
Cameron Savage: pole vault (Upland, Calif./Saddleback CC)
Logan Smith: mid-distance (Owasso, Okla./Owasso)
Dane Steen: 100m, 200m (Kingston, Jamaica/Ardennes HS)
Cameron Taylor: jumps (Kansas City, Kan./Cloud County CC)

Women
Alyx Treasure: high jump (Prince George, B.C., Canada)
Edina Brooks: 200m, 400m (Spring, Texas)
Kierra Hamilton: 400m (Red Oak, Texas)
Sarah Kolmer: 400m, jumps (Emporia, Kan./Emporia HS)
Joslyn Barnes: high jump (Lawndale, Calif./North Torrance HS)
Sophia Alonso: 400m, jumps (Manhattan, Kan./Manhattan HS)
Richelle Farley: combined events (Bridgetown, Barbados/Cowley County CC)
Dani Winters: throws (Plainville, Kan./Plainville HS)
Carly Henry: throws (Cozad, Neb./Cozad HS)