Track Welcomes 12 During Spring Signing Period

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The Kansas State track and field team welcomed 12 new signees who signed National Letters of Intent (NLIs) during the spring signing period, head coach Cliff Rovelto announced. 

The class includes five distance runners, two sprinters, two jumpers, a thrower and two multi-event athletes. The group represents three different states and three countries. 

Joining K-State is: Justin Davis (Sprints); Keegan Donahue (Distance); Colin Echols (Throws); Angelo Gordon (Jumps/Sprints); Akia Guerrier (Sprints); Travis Hodge (Distance); Madeline Neufeld (Distance); Konstantina Romaiou (Jumps); Jasper Schiedel (Multi), Nina Schultz (Multi); Nicholas Skinner (Distance) and Noah Stevenson (Distance).

Justin Davis | Sprints | Archbishop Carroll High School | Washington, D.C.
Davis currently boasts the top second-best outdoor 4x400 meter relay time and the fifth-best 4x100 meter relay time in the U.S. During the 2016 indoor season, he also had the second-best 4x200 meter relay time and the third-best 4x400 meter relay time in the country. 
Personal Bests: 
400 Meter Dash – 49.07

Keegan Donahue | Distance | Blue Valley High School | Overland Park, Kan.
Donahue is one of two walk-ons for the Wildcats in this class. He posted his best finish in the 1600 meter run at the 6A Kansas State Championships, finishing in sixth place with a time of 4:20.50. He is also the younger brother of current athlete Colton Donahue. 

Colin Echols | Throws | Coppell High School | Coppell, Texas
Echols is the second Texan of the 2016 spring signing class. During the 2016 season he won the state title in discus at the UIL Texas High School State Championship meet. 
Personal Bests: 
Shot Put – 16.54m/54-03
Discus – 59.28m/195-06

Angelo Gordon | Jumps/Sprints | Converse Judson High School | San Antonio, Texas
Gordon joins Echols as one of two Texans in this signing class to join the track and field team. In 2013, he won the triple jump crown at the UIL Texas High School State Championship meet. This past season, he finished as the runner-up at the meet in the same event. His triple jump PR of 15.04m/49-04.25 is the 20th best mark in the U.S. and the fourth-best mark in Texas. 
Personal Bests:
200 Meter Dash – 21.32
Triple Jump – 15.04m/49-04.25

Akia Guerrier | Sprints | Turks and Caicos Islands
Guerrier is one of three international athletes to sign in the spring signing class. The sprinter has the Turks and Caicos national record holder in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash and the 400 meter dash. She has qualified for this year’s IAAF World Junior Championships. In 2015, she was an IAAF World Youth qualifier and was the Turks and Caicos Female Athlete of the Year.
Personal Bests:
100 Meter Dash – 11:54
200 Meter Dash – 24.01 

Travis Hodge | Distance | DeSoto High School | DeSoto, Kan.
Hodge joins the team from DeSoto High School, where he competed in the 800 meter run and the 1600 meter run. Hodge won the Class 4A in both of the events, and holds the state record in the 800 meter run with a time of 1:53.06. He was also an honor student in high school. 
Personal Bests:
800 Meter Run – 1:53.06
1600 Meter Run – 4:15.42

Madeline Neufeld | Distance | Baldwin High School | Baldwin City, Kan.
The second walk-on of the class, Neufeld finished in second place in the 400 meter dash at this past season’s 4A Kansas State Championships with a time of 58.75. 

Konstantina Romaiou | Jumps | Corfu, Greece
The second of the international signees, Romaiou boasts a very impressive resume as she joins the Wildcats. Like Guerrier, she will compete at the 2016 IAAF World Junior Championships. In 2014, she was also a participant at the Olympic Youth Games. She is a two-time Greek National Girls Champion, a five-time Greek National Youth Champion, a three-time Greek National Schools Champion, a two-time Greek U23 National Champion and a six-time Greek National Junior Champion. She is also a Balkan Youth Champion. 
Personal Bests:
Long Jump – 6.15m/20-02.25
Triple Jump – 13.39m/43-11.25

Jasper Schiedel | Multi |British Columbia, Canada
Schiedel heads to Manhattan coming off of a strong 2016 season in Canada. He was the British Columbia high school champion in the decathlon and the 400 meter hurdles before being named the 2016 British Columbia Provincial High School Championships Outstanding Male Athlete. He would go on to claim the bronze medal at the Canadian Junior Nationals in the 400 meter hurdles. In the 2015, Schiedel was a member of Team Canada at the World Youth Championship.
Personal Bests:
Decathlon – 6,526 pts.
400 Meter Hurdles – 54.24

Nina Schultz | Multi | New Westminster | British Columbia, Canada
Schultz is the final international signee of the spring class. She has had a strong 2016, qualifying for the IAFF World Junior Championships as the number one ranked junior in the heptathlon and high jump in Canada. In 2015, she competed at the IAAF World Youth Championships. She entered the 2015 competition as the top-ranked youth competitor in heptathlon and high jump in Canada. 
Personal Bests:
Heptathlon – 5,501 pts.
High Jump – 1.80m/5-10.75
Long Jump – 5.72m/18-09.75
100 Meter Hurdles – 13.98 

Nicholas Skinner | Distance | Olathe East High School | Olathe, Kan.
Skinner joins the Wildcats after a strong high school career, which was highlighted by finishing as the Class 6A State runner-up in the 1600 meter run. 
Personal Bests: 
800 Meter Run – 1:53.97
1600 Meter Run – 4:16.60

Noah Stevenson | Distance | Shawnee Mission North High School | Overland Park, Kan.
Stevenson comes to K-State from Overland Park, Kansas, where he competed in the 800 meter run and the 1600 meter run. The distance runner ran the anchor leg of the state champion 4x800 meter relay team. He was also an honor student. 
Personal Bests:
800 Meter Run – 1:55.80
1600 Meter Run – 4:19.64

The spring class adds to an already impressive list of nine signees that K-State inked to NLIs during the fall signing period. Making up the signing class are: Paityn Howat (Distance); Helene Ingvaldsen (Throws); Gabi Lavington (Throws); Erin Lee (Distance); Wurrie Njadoe (Sprints/Jumps); Ariel Okorie (Multi); Lauren Taubert (Multi); Shaelyn Ward (Throws); and Jullane Walker (Sprints/Jumps). The athletes come from three countries, as well as six different states. A complete recap of the fall signing class can be found here.  

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