Monday, February 22, 1993

2013 - Incarnate Word Track & Field Preview

Incarnate Word Track and Field Preview
2013 Season – by Don Garrett

Incarnate Word came very close to a breakthrough season in 2012, yet fell short at the conference meet with 7th place finishes for both its men’s and women’s team.  The women were just points out of 4th place and the loss of just a few key athletes probably robbed them of finishing in the top half of the conference.

WOMEN  - lost only 2 point scorers from the 2012 point scorers  and one only scored on their sprint relay. Incarnate Word had a great recruiting class, among the best in the LSC, adding lots of depth and some kids who will impact the team immediately. The Cardinals outlook as they move to D-I appears to be quite good.

Lost – Jane Vosteen finished 2nd in the HJ last year; Lauren Pratt ran on the sprint relay that finished 3rd in 2012; Amanda Bishop had a great XC season in 2011, gaining newcomer of the year in the LSC after finishing 5th at the LSC meet, yet she did not run after a few indoor meets and is no longer on the roster – should have been big contributor; Bailey Loyd – a contributor in the 2010-11 season, she sustained a series of injuries that scuttled the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.

Key returnees – a solid core of returnees, with 83% of the 2012 points from the LSC meet returning
·         Stephanie Glatt – Sr - at the LSC meet, she was 7th in the steeplechase, 8th in the 5,000, then came back to run extremely well in the LSC this past fall, leading UIW with a 4th place finish
·         Elvira Gonzales – Jr - after finishing 2nd in the LSC 400 hurdles in the 2011 (along with 7th in the 100 hurdles and 9th in the long jump), she was injured and missed the 2012 season. Should be a huge addition for 2013.
·         Brittney Holcombe – Soph - 8th in the LSC pole vault
·         Emma Jewell – Soph - after a strong 2011 XC campaign, she established herself as one of the top distance freshmen in the LSC with a 5th place finish in the LSC steeple, plus finishing 15th in the 5K
·         Stephanie Nelson – Soph - 5th in the LSC long jump, she also helps in the sprints with a 13th place in the 100
·         Zariah Noyola – Soph - tied for 3rd in the HJ, she was also close to scoring in the 400 hurdles (10th) and 100 hurdles (11th)
·         Lilya Piskunova – Sr - 7th in the heptathlon and 8th in the javelin at the LSC outdoor meet
·         Marissa Shinsky – Jr - tied for 3rd in the LSC outdoor high jump, also 2nd in the LSC indoor invitational last year
·         Shaneve Swift – Jr - one of the premier sprinters in the LSC, finishing 2nd in the 400, 4th in the 200, 8th in the 100 and anchoring both the 4x100 and 4x400 for UIW

Other returnees who could help: UIW had a large number of “almost scored” athletes, who include: Daniele Anane-Bedakoh – a Canadian transfer from Texas State who only finished 20th in the 100 last year, yet is already a provisional national qualifier indoors this year in the sprints; Jacqueline Arnold – 19th in the 800; Irma Garza – 10th in the 800 and 11th in the 1500, then was all-LSC in XC (10th place) this past fall; Alyson Gonzales – 9th in the 10K; Ebony Moore – 18th in the long jump and 200; Hannah Peterson – 11th in the heptathlon; Lawanda Sanders – 18th in the 400.

Newcomers – Coach Derek Riedel had a banner year recruiting for his women’s team. Teamed up with a load of talented sophomores, this team looks strong for the next 2-3 years.
·         Christian “Rainy” Castaneda – fr from Laredo United South – won Dist 29-5A 1600 and 3200
·         Candida Chairez – Fr from Del Rio – 3rd Dist 29-5A 1600
·         Ekaete Eduhoukwa  - Fr from Frisco Centennial – 4th in the 4A long jump
·         Elizabeth Eduhoukwa – Fr from Frisco Centennial – in the Dist 9-4A meet, 5th long jump and 6th triple jump
·         Lindsey Frost – Fr from Gregory Portland – won the Dist 30-4A 1600 and 3200
·         Adriana “Ceci” Garcia – Fr from Laredo Alexander – 1st in the Dist 29-5A, she finished 5th in the Region IV-5A 800; then was all-LSC in XC this past fall with a 15th place (the top 15 finishers get all-conference)
·         Whitney Handy – Fr from Cibolo Steele – 5th in the 5A 4x100 relay, she also won the Dist 25-5A 100 hurdles
·         Crysta Hollins – Fr from Rockwall – 5th in the Dist 10-4A 100 hurdles
·         Claudia Ramirez – Fr from Del Rio – in the Dist 29-5A meet, 4th 3200 and 6th in the 1600
·         Kaitlyn Savage – RS-Fr from Boerne Champion – 8th in the 4A 1600 in 2011, she redshirted in 2012, then was 18th in the LSC XC this past fall
·         Marine Vaillant – Jr from France – found solid times for her – 2:16 in the 800 and 4:37 in the 1500, but had a relatively disappointing XC season, finishing 24th at the LSC meet
·         Jasmine Waring – Fr from San Antonio Randolph – at the 2A state meet, ran on the victorious 4x100 and 4x200 relays, as well as winning the Dist 29-2A high jump

MEN – the Cardinals men took heavier losses from their 2012 team and did not fill as many holes with recruiting as they did on the women’s team. Still a reasonably competitive team.

Athletes lost from last year: almost 1/3 (31%) of last year’s production lost, including: Adrian Carrillo – 4th in the steeple; Leon Knights – 5th in the HJ; Kenneth Pryor – 6th in the HJ; Tobias Dreier – 8th 10K, 10th 5K; Lamar Edwards-Johnson, who ran on the 4x100 relay; Miles Thetford, who ran on the 4x400, plus Solomon Rotich, who only placed 19th in the 10K last year, but who was 7th in the 5K in 2011.

Key Returnees:
·         Eduardo Alexander – So – 3rd LSC PV and 14th in the 400 hurdles
·         Tommy Brown – Sr – 5th LSC 100
·         Hilario Coronado – Sr – 8th in the LSC steeple and 9th in the 5K in 2011 – redshirted in 2012
·         Chance Dziuk – Jr – 4th in the hammer throw
·         Corey McDonnough – Sr – 7th LSC 400

Other returnees who could help: Chris Dewitt – So – 12th LSC 100, 13th 200; Matthew Harris – Soph - 9th LSC long jump and 15th 100; Will Havins – Jr - 10th decathlon; Alejandro Hernandez – Jr – 12th LSC 10K; Andrew Martinez – LSC 15th discus and javelin; Cody McDonnough – 17th LSC 400; Marcos Mora – So      - 17th LSC 1500; Adan Narvaez – Jr – 12th triple jump, 16th 100; Michael Tate – 13th LSC HJ in 2011; Edward Williams – 11th LSC 110H.

Newcomers – a few kids who should provide some instant impact:
·         Ernest Aguilar – Fr from Devine – 2nd Dist 27-3A shot put and discus
·         Matthew Crockett – Fr from Floresville – won the Dist 30-4A 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles, long jump, triple jump, plus 3rd in the district high jump
·         Frantz Goring – Fr from Marion – 4th in the 2A 200, plus he won the Dist 29-2A 400
·         Caleb Gutierrez – Fr from New Braunfels – won the Dist 25-5A 3200
·         Charles Hall – Fr from San Antonio St. Anthony’s – 2nd in the TAPPS 5A 300 hurdles
·         Brandon Hernandez – Fr from San Antonio Central Catholic – 2nd TAPPS 5A 3200
·         Michael Luevano – Fr from Boerne – 3rd in the Dist 26-3A 800 and 1600
·         Javier Salas – Fr from San Antonio East Central – 9th 5A 3200 and also won the Dist 28-5A 1600
·         Jacob Ulbricht – Fr from Smithson Valley – 5th 4A PV

2013 - Angelo State Track & Field Preview

Angelo State Track and Field Preview
2013 season – by Don Garrett

In 2012, the Angelo women continued to build on their legacy as the top women’s team in the Lone Star Conference by winning the LSC outdoor crown – by a total of ½ point over ACU in the closest team championship race in LSC history.  A stirring anchor leg by then-freshman Jaylen Rodgers on the 4x400 moving from 3rd to 2nd saved the day for the Angelo women. The Angelo men slipped to 3rd place in the team standings, finishing behind perennial champ ACU and the fast improving Hoggies from Kingsville. Both squads lost some firepower from 2012, but it appears to me that the losses are manageable and that both squads should remain at or near the top of the LSC.

WOMEN – lost 27.5% of their points from last year’s squad, including multi-talented Cathryn Rittenberry, but they have added some national class kids who should easily make up the points lost from 2012

Athletes lost – Kelsey Wilson Coffman (2nd pole vault); Shelly Diggs (5th 400 hurdles); Carmen Herrera (7th triple jump; Alyssa Priest (6th 1500, 8th 800); the aforementioned Rittenberry (2nd heptathlon, 3rd 100 hurdles, 6th long jump, 9th triple jump); Jayda Spencer (3rd discus, 5th hammer). Also lost some athletes with eligibility left – Aimee Denham (3rd pole vault) and Larissa Wilson (6th in the LSC 100). Total of 54 of their 195.5 points from 2012 to be replaced.

Key Returnees – Angelo had a young squad last year and many of their freshmen (now sophomores) came through big for them:
·         Jessica Boudreau – Sr – 8th in the LSC 10K in 2012, after placing 4th in the 5K in 2011
·         Lexi Brooks -  Soph – 3rd in the LSC 400 hurdles
·         Brittany Clarke – Sr – 6th in the LSC triple jump after finishing 4th in 2011
·         Emeline Crutcher – Sr – won the LSC 10K and was 3rd in the 1500 in 2012, after finishing 2nd in the 1500 and the 10K, plus a 3rd in the 5K in 2011 – one of the top distance runners in the LSC running one last season in 2013
·         Keshawna Fisher – Sr – JC transfer finished a crucial 4th in the LSC 400
·         Annifer Flores – Soph – lightly recruited distance runner had an excellent LSC meet, finishing 4th in the 10K and 5th in the 5K
·         Ashlie Frances – Soph – 4th in the shot put and 5th in the discus
·         Jordon Gray – Soph – 5th in the LSC heptathlon, plus just missed scoring by finishing 9th in both the long jump and the 100 hurdles – competing extremely well in the indoor season thus far in 2013
·         Kati Holly – Jr – 3rd in the high jump, after finishing 2nd in 2011
·         Monica McCafferty – Soph – 5th in the 800, 6th in the heptathlon and 8th in the high jump
·         Jaylen Rodgers – Soph – won the 800 and was 10th in the triple jump, plus that fantastic anchor leg on the 4x400
·         Theresa Sue – Sr – won the LSC 400 hurdles in 2011 and 2012, plus finishing 5th in the 100 hurdles in 2012
·         Summer Sutherland – Sr – won the LSC pole vault in 2012 and 2010, with a redshirt year in between
·         Katy Williams – Jr – 4th in the 2011 steeplechase, she finished a disappointing 12th in 2012
·         Kimberly Williams – Jr – won the shot put and the javelin in 2012, along with 9th place in the hammer – one of the top returning throwers in the LSC

Other Returnees who might help - a fairly short list, since most of their team members scored points in 2012, but there are a few: Kinsey Coppedge (15th in the 100 and she actually did score on the 4x100 relay in 2012); Kami Orsak (10th in the 10K in 2011, redshirted last year); Sofia Ramos (15th in the LSC 800 in 2012, she scored in 2011 by finishing 5th).

Newcomers – there are several on this list who should provide immediate help:
·         Starting with Kearah Danville – transfer from Jamaica and New Mexico Highlands who was the NCAA D-II national champ in the triple jump! At the outdoor national meet in 2012, she narrowly defeated ACU’s Amanda Ouedraogo – so the LSC has the 2 best triple jumpers in D-II, in fact, they are 2 of the top 8 collegiate triple jumpers in the nation at any level. Danville also finished 2nd in the long jump and 5th in the long jump at the Rocky Mountain Conference meet in 2012 – a true triple threat.
·         Jasmine Ambowode – a redshirt freshman from France who should be one of the top multi-athletes AND jumpers in the LSC
·         Shelbie Hutchens – transfer from Water Valley HS and South Plains College – 11th in JC pole vault in 2012
·         Chastity King – freshman from Zephyr – 5th in the 1A 1600
·         Rausalyn Miller – freshman from Crane, where she was one of the top small school sprinter/jumpers in the state – winning the 2A 200 and finishing 2nd in the triple jump
·         Brittany Patterson – freshman from San Angelo Central, where she was 3rd in the Dist 3-5A pole vault

This looks like the team to beat again in 2013 on the women’s side of the conference.

MEN – Angelo still scored a very respectable 152 points at conference, but they lose a considerable amount of firepower from that team, over 50% of their points from 2012 are gone.

Athletes lost – Angelo took heavy losses, not only from seniors, but from underclassmen no longer on the roster. The ones who have used up eligibility include: Bryan Barker (the grad asst for Angelo in 2012 who came to ASU with one year of college eligibility left and made the most of it – 3rd in the LSC 1500 and steeple, 6th in the 5K for 15 huge points); Robert Hummingbird (4th in the 10K); Jacob McDonald – won both the pole vault and javelin for 20 huge points; Nick Smith (7th in the 100). Lost tracksters with eligibility left include: Brendon West (2nd in the 200, 7th in the 200), Hewett Holmes (3rd decathlon, plus 11th in the long jump and javelin), Patrick Hunter (JC transfer who won the long jump and was 5th in the triple jump); and Donald MacCarthy (6th decathlon and 7th pole vault). Plus, Chisam Akagha, who was 6th in the 110 hurdles as a freshman in 2011, but hit a hurdle and went down in the prelims last year. These athletes represent 82 of the team’s 152 points or 54%. A lot to replace!

Key Returnees – as dire as I made it sound in the paragraph above, Angelo’s cupboard is not bare of outstanding returnees, including a key athlete who missed 2012 as a redshirt:
·         Nick Alejandro – Sr – missed last season as a redshirt, but was 3rd in the hammer throw and 5th in the shot put in the LSC meet in 2011
·         Isidro Garcia – Sr – 5th in the LSC 400, be won that event in 2011 – finished 9th in the 400 in the D-II meet in 2012
·         Dallas Gray – Soph – 3rd in the LSC 400 and 10th in the 200
·         Keaton Hatch – Jr – 2nd in the LSC javelin, 6th in the discus and 11th in the hammer
·         Jeffrey Jones – Sr - 3rd in the LSC 400 hurdles, 7th in the 110 hurdles, and 12th in the national meet 400 hurdles
·         Seth Pearson – Soph - 2nd in the decathlon – one of most pleasant surprises for ASU at the 2012 LSC meet
·         Sean Reagan – Jr – 6th in the shot put and 7th in the discus after a transfer from UT-San Antonio
·         Mark Slone – Sr – 1st in the LSC triple jump, as well as 11th in the D-II TJ
·         Chris Sottak – Soph – 4th in the LSC 800, after having the fastest time in the prelims
·         Ethan West – Sr – just missed the finals in the 110H (9th place), but was 4th in that race in 2011

Returnees who could help – Angelo can make up some of their big losses from returnees who just missed contributing in 2012. This group includes: Dalton Boyls (11th in the triple jump and 13th in the 400 hurdles); Tomas Callejas (13th in the 10K); Jamin Goecker (12th in the steeple, then was All-LSC by finishing 10th in the LSC XC meet last fall – appears to have improved exponentially); Guy Henry (11th 100); Dylan Littlejohn (10th 1500, 13th 5K – also part of a hugely improved ASU XC team, he finished 17th in the LSC XC last fall); Robbie Thayer (15th in both the 400 and the 400 hurdles); Isac Valdez (17th in the 10K).

Newcomers – ASU has added a lot of bodies, including a few mid-term additions. It appears that this group can make up some of the points lost from last year. I do think this group has a lot of kids who will help Angelo 2-3 years down the road – lots of potential in some of the small town kids.
·         Alwin Flohr – Jr transfer from Germany – my German is spotty (2 years of HS Deutsch), but I did find a solid time of 10.44 in the 100 meters – a very competitive time in the LSC
·         Olisa Obietuna – Fr from Saugus, MA – he won the Massachusetts D-III long jump indoors and was 6th at the New Balance National HS indoor triple jump; then finished 2nd in both the MA Division III LJ and TJ – one of the top jumpers in Massachusetts
·         Tyler Brooks – Redshirt Fr from Canutillo – finished 4th in the David Noble Decathlon unattached in 2012
·         Josh Day – Fr from Harper – at the 2A state track meet, he was 6th in the 3200 and 7th in the 1600
·         Graham Hazlewood – Fr from Round Rock – 2nd in the Dist 16-5A 1600
·         Justin Lema – Fr from Bandera – 2nd in the Dist 26-3A 800
·         Christian Lozoya – Fr from Los Fresnos – 6th in the 5A pole vault at the state meet
·         Jarrett Lujan – Fr from Marfa – 3rd in the 1A 800
·         Landon Meek – Fr from Wall – 7th in the 2A 100, also won the Dist 7-2A 200 and was 2nd in the long jump
·         Garrett Morris – Fr from Grandview – 2nd in the 2A pole vault
·         Joe Owens – Fr from Salado – 8th in the 3A 200, he was also on the 4th place 4x100 relay at state for Salado
·         Luis Perez – Fr from North Forney – 8th in the 3A 200
·         Hakeem Regis – Fr from North Forney – at the Region II-3A meet, he was 4th in the triple jump and 5th in the high jump, missing a trip to state in both by inches
·         Spencer Sims – Jr transfer from Graham and Wayland Baptist – was actually playing golf at WBU, but he was 4th in the 3A 110H back in 2009, so there is some potential here

Angelo may take their lumps in 2013, but there is loads of potential here for the future. And, if their freshman produce as well as the Angelo freshmen women did in 2012, the ASU men could be right in the thick of it again this year

2013 - ACU Track & Field Preview

Abilene Christian University Track and Field Preview
2013 Season – by Don Garrett
ACU remained right at the top of the LSC world in 2012, with the men winning the LSC title (albeit by a scant 5.5 points over TAMU-Kingsville) and the women losing the women losing the title by ½ of a point to Angelo, the smallest margin in the history of the LSC. Both team races made an exciting LSC outdoor championship meet. The ACU teams face very different tasks in 2013 – the women have very few vacancies to fill after last season and appear to have filled those holes with some superstar quality athletes. The ACU men have to replace 54% of their points from last season, including replacing the greatest thrower in LSC history.

WOMEN – looks like another team championship brewing with Angelo State and with a fast-charging West Texas A&M

Athletes Lost – Karla Hope (3rd in the 400 and 4th in the long jump) and Alexis Wilder (6th in the shot put and 3rd in the hammer throw. Including relay legs, these 2 women represent 24 points or 12.5% of ACU’s total of 195 in 2012.

Key Returnees – lots of seniors finishing their careers for ACU in 2013 – next year will be a crucial recruiting year for the Wildcats as they move to the Southland Conf
·         Cassie Brooks – Sr - 4th in the LSC heptathlon in 2012, after a 2011 season which saw her win the heptathlon, get 4th in the high jump and 6th in the 100 hurdles
·         Alyse Goldsmith – Sr – 3rd in the 10K and 4th in the 5K in 2012, after winning both events in 2011
·         Lauren Hartwick – Soph – 1st LSC hammer throw
·         Emily Hill – Soph – 4th LSC 800
·         Shalaina Lakey – Jr – 3rd LSC hammer throw and 7th discus
·         Amelia Mitchell – Jr – 2nd LSC javelin in 2011 and 2012
·         Amanda Ouedraogo – Sr – 1st triple jump and 7th long jump; 2nd in the D-II triple jump outdoors, after winning the national triple jump indoors
·         Karolyn Palmer – Soph – 3rd LSC 100, also 11th in the 100
·         Tara Riley – Jr – 2nd discus and 5th shot put
·         Ayesha Rumble – Sr – 2nd LSC 800, 5th 1500; 4th in the D-II 800 at the national meet
·         Sydney Smith – Sr – 16th in the LSC 100 in 2012, after finishing 3rd in the 100 and 300 in 2011
·         Shennae Steele – Sr – 1st LSC 100 and 200
·         Chloe Susset – Sr – 1st LSC steeplechase and 1500, and 2nd in the 5K (28 huge points)
·         Lexus Williams – Soph – 1st 100 hurdles, 2nd 400 hurdles; 6th in the D-II 100 hurdles

Newcomers – only 2 newcomers (ACU has a very small team overall), but both are potential superstars
·         Elea Diarra – Soph from France – ran on the French 4x400 relay in the 2012 Olympics – should have a great impact in the 200/400
·         Reyare Thomas – Jr from Trinidad and Tobago – ran on the Trinidad 4x100 relay in the 2012 Olympics – she was the junior college 100/200 champ in 2012 for Central Arizona

ACU’s Achilles heel will undoubtedly be their lack of depth. They will need to see production from every single person on their roster. This recruiting year will be crucial to ACU, since at least 7 of their women finish their eligibility this year.

MEN – losses were heavy from 2012 – like I mentioned above 54% of their points are gone from last year. ACU had a relatively good recruiting year, bolstered by some walk-on kids who appear to have a future. It appears that they will see a dip in overall production in 2013 that might make it hard to defend their LSC outdoor championship for the 20th consecutive year in their swan song in the LSC.

Athletes Lost – Dennis Bain (won the LSC 110 hurdles, plus 6th in the 100 and 200; then 2nd in the D-II 110 hurdles); Paris Robertson (3rd 100, 4th 200); Jake Schofield (8th steeple, 9th 1500); Will Pike (9th in the 10K, after finishing 4th in both the 5K and 10K in 2011); Michael Rason (4th 110 hurdles); Levance Williams (2nd long jump and triple jump and 4th in the high jump in the first time he ever tried the event); Milo Parsons (6th in the hammer throw – he is now the throwing coach for Hardin-Simmons); and Nick Jones – the greatest thrower in LSC history (1st in the shot and discus, 3rd in the hammer throw and 6th in the javelin in his only time to ever compete in the event; he then won the D-II discus for the 4th time and finished 3rd in the shot, after winning the D-II indoor shot). Whew! Not easy to replace such great athletes.

Key Returnees – not all is lost, still some solid returnees for the ‘Cats. Lots of seniors on this squad as well, so recruiting is important to ACU to be a factor in the Southland Conference in 2014
·         Aaron Bynum – Jr - 4th in the LSC javelin and 10th in the discus
·         Jordan Geary – Sr – won the LSC 400 and finished 2nd in the 200, national qualifier in both events
·         Darian Hogg – Jr – all-conference receiver finished 4th triple jump and 5th long jump in the LSC, qualifying in the long jump for nationals
·         Banjo Jaiyesimi – Sr – 3rd LSC 800, 8th 1500
·         Kevin Johnson – Sr – 2nd LSC 110 hurdles (1st in 2011); national qualifier in the event
·         Baptiste Kerjean – Sr – won the LSC hammer throw and was 3rd at the D-II meet
·         Parker Petty – Sr – won the LSC decathlon in 2011 and 2012, plus finishing 4th in the pole vault and 5th in the javelin throw, before finishing 9th in the D-II decathlon
·         Matthew Stark – Sr – 8th in the decathlon and a three-way tie for 8th in the pole vault (that is why both ACU and TAMU-K have a  1/3 point on their totals), after finishing 3rd in the decathlon in 2011 – already a national qualifier for the indoor heptathlon this season

Returnees who could help – ACU can make up some of the 94 points lost from 2012 from within – there are several of these kids who could potentially score at conference: Osie Alleyn-Forte (13th LSC 400 and younger brother of LSU All-American Ade Alleyn-Forte); Gary Duncan (24th LSC 5K); Erik Forrister (9th LSC 5K, 13th 10K – missed scoring last year in the 5K by one-tenth of a second); James Grantham (22nd LSC 800).

Newcomers – a solid bunch, but probably not enough to make up for all of those lost points from 2012
·         Malcolm Barnes – Fr from Cypress Creek – 5th Region III-5A triple jump
·         Josh Bloom – Fr from Kingwood Park – won the Dist 18-4A shot put and discus
·         Devan Brown – Fr from Abilene Wylie – at the 3A state meet, he was 3rd in the 100 and 5th in the 200
·         Jonathan Farquharson – Fr from Orlando Christian Prep – in the Florida 1A state meet, he won the long jump and was 2nd in both the 100 and 200
·         Bryton Fernandez – Fr from Abilene Christian HS – 2nd in the TAPPS 2A high jump, plus 2nd in the 4x100 and 3rd in the 4x200
·         Keaton Hart – Fr from Houston Northland Christian – at the TAPPS 4A state meet he won the long jump, was 3rd in the triple jump and 6th in both the 100 and 200 – grandson of long-time ACU teacher and administrator, the late Dwain Hart
·         Andrew Hudson – Jr from Bushland and Oklahoma State – former 2A state discus champ, he was 10th in the Big 12 discus in 2011 after a knee injury scuttled his football career at OSU – may help some with the loss of Nick Jones
·         Xavier King – Fr from Ontario – at the Ontario HS championships, he won the 2000 steeple and was 3rd in the 1500 and 4th in the 5K
·         Taylor Ochs – Fr from Midland Christian – 3rd in the TAPPS 3A 800
·         Jelani Rainey – Fr from Lucas Lovejoy HS – won the Dist 11-3A shot put and discus
·         Jeremy Tatham – Fr from St. Thomas Aquinas HS in Florida – 4th in the Florida 4A triple jump, he also went to state in the 110 and 400 hurdles – son of former All-American jumper Mazel Thomas Tatham
·         Luke Woods – Fr from Houston Northland Christian – at the TAPPS 4A state meet, he was 3rd in the 300 hurdles and 4th in the 110 hurdles – training as a decathlete

One of the better recruiting classes in the LSC this year – with a big emphasis on kids who will help down the way. 

Saturday, February 20, 1993

2013 - Midwestern State Track Preview

Midwestern Track and Field Preview
2013 Season
Last year was the first year for Midwestern to compete in the LSC meet, I believe.  The Mustangs only field a women’s team in track and field and they have no field athletes. Their runners are virtually all distance runners, since they have a great cross country program – the LSC champs the past 4 years. Therefore, their preview is very different looking than the other schools.

Athletes lost – as short list: Lindsay Pate, who only finished 17th in the 1500. Midwestern scored 15 points at the LSC track meet  last year and all of them are back.

Key Returnees – a strong cross country bunch who did not have great seasons on the track:
·         Melody Caldwell – Jr, from Saginaw Boswell - 8th steeplechase
·         Janel Campbell – So, from Ingram Tom Moore – 6th in the 10K and 10th in the 5K
·         Ashley Flores – So, from Haltom City – 7th in the 5K and 8th in the 1500, she finished 6th in the LSC XC meet in 2011 and 9th in 2012

Returnees who could contribute – I was convinced that some of these kids would place at the conference track meet in 2012 – Sara Cuba (23rd in the LSC XC meet in 2012, she redshirted XC this year, after placing in the 2A state meet in 2010 and 2011 for Holliday); Kim Krezonoski (17th 1500, 19th 5K); and her twin, Michelle Krezonoski (16th 5K); Cara Mack (22nd 1500, 26th 5K, but 16th in the LSC XC in 2010); Heather Owen (18th 5K).

Newcomers – a very strong group, that includes the first quartermiler I have seen Midwestern recruit
·         Brittany Adams – Fr from Forth Worth Castleberry – at the 3A state meet, she was 3rd in the 1600 and 4th in the 3200
·         Danielle Androes – Fr from Prosper – 6th in the 3A 1600 in Austin last spring
·         Danielle Chavaria – Jr transfer from Antelope Valley JC in California, where she was 11th in the California junior college championships 5K
·         Tylor Farrar – Fr from Spearman – at the 2A state meet, 5th 1600 and 7th 3200
·         Carrie Finson – Fr from Topeka, KS, Jefferson West – at the KS 4A state meet, she was 8th 3200 and 11th 1600
·         C.J. Frizzell – Fr from Canyon HS – in the Dist 3-4A meet, she was 2nd 800 and 3rd 1600
·         Abigail Gonzalez – Jr transfer from Graham and Western Texas – at the JC national meet, she was 9th 10K and 10th in the 5K
·         Katy Kipp – Fr from Fort Worth Castleberry – 2nd Dist 11-3A 800
·         Alex Kohrs – Fr from Highlands Ranch, CO, Thunder Ridge HS – 8th in the Continental League 1600
·         Ana Lopez – Fr from Hereford – 6th in the 4A 1600
·         Maira Salinas – Fr from Luling – in the 2A state meet, 4th in the 3200 and 6th in the 1600
·         Darianna Walker – Fr from Burkburnett – 4th in the Region I-3A 400 last year, she placed 4th in the 3A 400 back in 2010

A team made up almost exclusively of distance runners, but they have some good returnees and a huge number of newcomers who have experience at the highest level of HS competition – the Texas HS state track meet. I would not be surprised to see them score 25 or even 30 points this year (compared to the 15 scored last season). They could well effect the final champion of the LSC based from whom they take away those points. 

2013 - Harding Track Preview

Harding Track and Field Preview
2013 Season – by Don Garrett

What? You say. Why do a profile on Harding, who left the LSC after 5 years of membership to move first to the Gulf South Conference, than 2 years ago to the newly formed Great America Conference. However, the GAC does not have a conference track meet – indoors or outdoors. Harding has spent the past several years as an independent in track and field. Several coaches in the LSC wanted to see the conference host an indoor track championship. The NCAA will help pay for a conference championship, BUT only if there are 6 schools that sponsor that sport in both genders. By adding Harding as an affiliate member, the LSC has 6 schools that will send a men’s team to the new LSC indoor championship – ACU, Incarnate Word, Harding, Eastern New Mexico, TAMU-Kingsville, and West Texas A&M. There will be 8 teams on the women’s side – these 6 schools, plus Angelo which will only send a women’s team indoors and Midwestern, which only fields a women’s team. Voila, Harding re-joins the LSC in track only and the NCAA pitches in more money for both the indoor and outdoor meet. I think it is a good move on part of the LSC office.
That said, I will try to look at a team that has not been on the LSC radar for 12 years.  They have a very solid team, usually a few national qualifiers each year. I think the best way to look at them is to single out key contributors – national qualifiers and top LSC performers, plus some newcomers that should be of great help.

WOMEN – it would appear that they have a chance of breaking into the top half of the conference, both indoors and outdoors. They have some seasoned distance runners and some of the best vaulters in the LSC.
·         Dallis Bailey – Soph from Conway, MO – top 10 LSC 800
·         Brittany Bartelt – So from Elizabethton, KY – top 10 LSC shot put and 2nd at the Harding Inv outdoor SP last spring
·         Portia Bell – Sr from Pacoima, CA – already a provisional national qualifier indoors in the 200 and 400
·         Tiffany Chambers – Sr from Rogers, AR – provisional qualifier in the vault
·         Kara Dobbs – Jr Transfer from Western Kentucky – top 3 in the LSC in the vault
·         Lydia Gordon – Fr from Vilonia, AR – top 10 in the LSC TJ, but she was also 6th in the AR 5A 400 last year
·         Tammy Kim- Fr from Temecula Valley, CA – 10th in the  GAC XC last fall, now ranked in the top 10 in the LSC 400
·         Bailey Pearson – Soph from Bentonville, AR – top 10 in the LSC high jump, plus she was 2nd last spring in the Harding Bison Inv 400 hurdles
·         Erin Perring – Jr from Guthrie, OK – top 10 in the LSC SP
·         Kathryn Phillips – Fr from Searcy Harding Acad – top 15 LSC 400, top 20 LSC 60 hurdles – at the AR 3A state meet in 2012, she was 2nd in the 300 hurdles, 3rd in the 100 hurdles and 5th in the triple jump
·         Jordan Rapowitz – Fr from Searcy Harding Acad  – top 10 LSC 5K
·         Rachel Roberts – Jr from Guthrie, OK – 13th in the GAC XC meet last fall, she won the Harding Bison Inv 3K last spring and is ranked in the top 5 in the LSC 3K this winter
·         Kelsey Taylor – Fr from Marietta, GA, Walton – top 15 in the LSC 3K this winter, after finishing a strong 4th in the GAC XC meet last fall
·         Ewa Zaborowska – So from Poland – last year she was 9th in the NCAA D-II Indoor 800 and 10th at the national meet outdoors – already a provisional qualifier in the 3K indoors this eyar

·         The women’s distance medley relay is already a provisional qualifier for the indoor national meet, the only one from the LSC.  That is a pretty well-rounded team that should compete well at the LSC.

MEN – like their women, the Harding men appear to have a well-rounded team with depth in the middle distances, throws and sprints/hurdles
·         Dillon Bagwell – Soph transfer from Azle and North Texas – ranked top 10 in the LSC 400
·         Corey Bassett – Fr from Plano East – 7th in the 5A 100 last year, already a provisional qualifier for the national indoor meet in the 60
·         Landon Belcher – Jr from Keller – provisional national qualifier in the 400 and ranked top 10 in the LSC 200 & 400
·         Ryan Cagle – So from Nashville’s Lipscomb Academy – ranked top 10 in the LSC shot put
·         Kenny Duong – Fr from Clovis Christian in NM – won the NM 1A SP and is ranked LSC top 10 in the shot
·         Scott East – Fr from Elkins, Ark – 3rd in the Ark 3A 800, ranked in the LSC top 10 mile
·         Andrew Evans – Fr from Rogers, AR, Shiloh Christian – ranked top 10 LSC 3K-2012
·         Stephen Hedlund – Fr from O’Fallon Christian in MO – in the MO Class 2 state meet, he was 1st in the 300 hurdles and 2nd in the 110 hurdles, already ranked in the LSC top 10 in the 60 hurdles
·         Taylor Lively – Jr from Lake Dallas – a strong 800/1500 runner in 2012, he placed 15th in the Great America Conference XC meet last fall, but has not run yet this indoor season
·         Jacob McDonald – Fr from Rogers, AR – ranked top 10 in the LSC shot put
·         Kevin Naceanceno – Fr from Clovis Christian in NM – ranked top 15 in the LSC 60, he won the NM state meet in the 1A 100, 200 and 400
·         David Pencarinha – Fr from Kingsport, TN – top 10 in the LSC 60 hurdles
·         David Salley – won the South Carolina 3A pole vault for Charleston’s Porter-Gaud HS, but has not competed yet this year
·         Zach Uhiren – So from Cabot, AR – ranked top 10 on the LSC 3K
·         Eric Wilson – Sr from Cerritos, CA – ranked  top 10 in the LSC 800
·         Josh Winslager – Sr from Arlington’s Grace Prep – top 10 in the LSC high jump and pole vault
·         Harding’s 4x400 relay is already a provisional qualifier for the national meet and they appear to be right up there in the conference rankings as well – running 1st or 2nd all year

Harding has recruited a good, strong group of newcomers. I think that the Harding women have a better shot at moving into the top 4 in the conference standings, but the men certainly appear to be highly competitive. 

Lone Star Conference

Angelo State University

Cameron University

Eastern New Mexico University

Texas A&M-Commerce

Tarleton State University

Texas A&M-Kingsville

Texas Woman's College

University of Texas of the Permian Basin

West Texas A&M University

Western New Mexico