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