CSU signs two track & field athletes
June 3, 2010
By Danielle Marshall
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - Becky Schmitt and Johanna Reed, two distance runners from Colorado, have signed National Letters of Intent and will join the CSU track & field team in the fall. Head Coach Brian Bedard made the announcement. In-state signees from earlier this season also had a successful run at the state championships in Lakewood, Colo.
Johanna Reed: Reed, from Paonia (Colo.) High School, was the 2010 Colorado Class 2A state champion in the 800 meters and the mile.
"Johanna has the work ethic and mental toughness that is required to excel at the Division I level," commented distance coach Brian Berryhill. "She's the kind of person that when you meet her you just know she will be successful. Johanna is a very versatile athlete as she was also a first-team all-state basketball player for Paonia High School. We are very excited that such an amazing student-athlete will be joining the Ram family this fall."
Becky Schmitt: Schmitt was the 2010 Colorado Class 4A state champion in the 3,200 meters (11:07.19) and the 2009 Class 4A cross country runner-up at the state championships for Thompson Valley High School in Loveland, Colo.
"Becky is a dedicated student-athlete that we believe will excel at the Division I level," said Berryhill. "We will look for her to have an immediate impact for the Rams cross country team this fall. Becky will bring a winning attitude and the kind of toughness that is rarely seen in a high-school athlete. Becky is also an amazing student."
The Colorado state track & field meet took place last month in Lakewood, Colo., and CSU signees took home victories in 12 events.
In the girls 2A meet, future Ram Marissa Smith dominated the competition in sprints. The native of Holyoke, Colo., placed first in the 100-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. In the 100 meters, Smith edged out Alexis Seifert of Otis High School by 0.04 seconds in the preliminaries with a time of 12.54. Then in the finals Smith crossed the line at 12.73, 0.17 seconds faster than Seifert. The victory margin increased in the 200 meters. Smith clocked a time of 25.95 in the preliminaries, good for first place. Then in the finals she reduced her time to 25.51, 0.31 seconds ahead of Seifert. In the 400 meters, Smith finished second in the preliminaries, 0.65 seconds behind Akron's Sydney Clarkson, with a time of 58.66. She improved her standing in the finals, finishing first at 56.63, 1.36 seconds faster than Clarkson.
In boys 4A competition, Trevor Brown out of Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., grabbed two victories, in the 110-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. Brown clocked a time of 14.36 in the preliminary round of the 110-meter hurdles, placing first. In the finals he finished under 14 seconds, crossing the line at 13.85, 0.20 seconds ahead of Longmont's Aaron Praska. In the 300-meter hurdles, Brown overcame a second-place finish in the preliminaries (38.39) to set a meet record in the finals with a time of 36.81.
Three CSU signees had successful weekends in the girls 4A meet. Broomfield High School’s two-time state championship winner in the 100-meter hurdles, Kayla Wein, placed first in the preliminaries with a time of 14.65. Mountain View’s Amy Medina completed an epic double in less than an hour, first jumping 38 feet, 2.75 inches, in the triple, then clearing 5-07.00 in the high jump to defeat Annie Kunz (Wheat Ridge) on her third and final attempt for two first place victories. Medina also placed fourth in the long jump with a distance of 16-10.00. She captured the 4A state titles in the triple jump in 2009 and the high jump in 2008. Morgan Griffin, from Lewis-Palmer High School took first in the pole vault. She cleared a height of 12-01.00.
In girls 3A competition Kaitlin Hanenburg, from Classical Academy, took home titles in both the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters. She crossed the finish line with times of 5:09.78 and 11:00.44, respectively.
Sabrina Jones (Aurora Central) placed second in the high jump at the 5A meet. She cleared a height of 5-07.00.
Bedard is impressed with the incoming athletes' performances.
"As a coaching staff we've renewed our commitment to recruit in-state athletes," said Bedard. "We have made efforts to get in contact with the Colorado high school coaches and to get into recruits' homes and into their high schools. It has been an ongoing process of developing a rapport with the high school coaches, and letting them know that our emphasis in recruiting is with Colorado athletes first. We want to be in a position to sign the best track kids in the state, or at least be a great option for them. I think our efforts paid off with the number of in-state signees. It was rewarding to see how well our signing class did at the state meet!"
For full Colorado state meet results, visit http://rise.espn.go.com/track-and-xc/southwest/2010-outdoor/CO-CHSAA-State-Meet.aspx.