Feb. 8, 2013
By Nate Lake
Athletic Media Relations
FORT COLLINS, Colo. – The Colorado State track & field team recently announced 14 new recruits to its 2013 class. Head Coach Brian Bedard made the announcement Friday.
The 14 athletes signed by Colorado State, along with their high schools or previous colleges and hometowns:
Isobel Brown, Chichester High School; Bognor Regis, United Kingdom
Sarah Clough, Cherry Creek High School; Englewood, Colo.
Nicholas Costello, Delsea Regional High School; Franklinville, N.J.
Marcus Harris, Eaglecrest High School; Aurora, Colo.
Sanne Holland, Cheney High School, Cheney, Wash.
Lorenda Holston, North Clayton High School; Fayetteville, Ga.
Kendall Horan, Lutheran-Parker High School; Castle Pines, Colo.
Jerrell Mock, Logan High School; Logan, Utah
Emily Romo, Cherry Creek High School; Centennial, Colo.
Karlee Schwartzkopf, Mountain Vista High School; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Abigail Simpson, Pueblo County High School; Pueblo, Colo.
Evan Taylor, University of Northern Colorado; Aurora, Colo.
Daniel Weirich, Eads High School; Eads, Colo.
Laura Yarrow, University of Tampa; Colorado Springs, Colo.
Isobel Brown: Brown, a native of the United Kingdom, will be an incoming freshman in the 2014 track & field season and will add much potential to Colorado State’s already strong core of jumpers.
Her personal bests include 5 feet, 8 inches in the high jump and 4,133 points in the heptathlon. She holds the West Sussex West District high jump records in all age groups, and qualified for the 2013 European Trials & UK Championships, the equivalent of the USA National Championships.
She placed first in the indoor high jump at the 2011 National England Athletics U17 Championships and placed second in the 2012 National England Athletics U20 Championships in the indoor and outdoor high jump. Brown serves as the secretary in the Chichester student council. She is also the sports coordinator for the school.
“I am very excited to have Izzie joining the Ram track and field family. Izzie has shown excellence in character, academics and athletics – the foundations of Colorado State University athletics. She’s one of the top junior high jumpers in the United Kingdom and has just qualified for her first senior championship competition. Izzie is going to fit in great with our team!” said Colorado State assistant coach Cathleen Campbell-Cawley.
Sarah Clough: A native of Englewood, Colo., and attendee of Cherry Creek High School, Clough will bring her talents to the sprints squad in 2014.
Her personal bests include 56.39 seconds in the 400-meter dash, 42.39 in the indoor 300-meter dash, and 1:16.39 in the indoor 500-meter dash.
“Sarah has a great passion for the sport although she is fairly new to it. Her high regards of CSU and the Rams track program are very inspiring. Sarah will make an immediate impact in the 400-meter dash at the conference level, and will help us pursue our goal at being very competitive in the women’s 4 x 400-meter relay,” said Colorado State sprints coach Karim Abdel-Wahab.
Nicholas Costello: Costello will bring his talents from the east coast out west to Colorado State, adding to a strong core of young CSU distance runners. He is a senior at Delsea Regional High School in Franklinville, N.J.
“Nick’s passion for the sport and his ability to handle high mileage will make a strong addition to our distance squad,” said distance coach Art Siemers.
Costello was a 2012 Tri County Conference Champion in the state of New Jersey, and was also the 2012 NJSIAA Sectional Champion in the 3,200-meter run. His personal best in the 3,200 is 9:19.19, while his best time in the 10,000-meter run is 31:29.85.
Marcus Harris: Harris won’t be far from home at Colorado State, as he is a native of Aurora, Colo., and attends Eaglecrest High School in Centennial, Colo. He will bolster the sprints crew with his blistering speed.
Harris’ personal bests include 6.83 in the indoor 60-meter dash, 10.52 in the 100-meter dash, and 21.33 in the 200-meter dash.
“Marcus is a world class sprinting talent for his age. His great character and high academic standards will fit in greatly at Colorado State. Marcus will help the Rams cause some damage in the Mountain West’s short sprints as well as being a critical asset for our NCAA hopeful 4x100-meter relay,” said coach Abdel-Wahab.
Sanne Holland: Holland, a senior at Cheney High School in Cheney, Wash., is a state-record holder in the 2A division for the 3,200-meter run.
She’s a two-time Washington state champion in the 3,200, and a four-time top-four finisher in cross country. Cheney’s personal bests are 4:38.81 in the 1,500-meter run and 10:48.40 in the 3,200-meter run.
“We’re excited to have a state record holder and one of Washington’s best and most consistent athletes joining the Rams,” said coach Siemers.
Lorenda Holston: Holston, a Georgia native, is another addition to what Colorado State sprints coach Karim Abdel-Wahab is calling the best recruiting class since he’s been at CSU.
Holston boasts a personal best of 11.87 in the 100-meter dash.
“I’m very excited to have Lorenda as one of our leading incoming women sprinters. She managed to get second in the 4A Georgia High School State Championship in the 100-meter dash, after a long season of basketball and cheerleading. Lorenda will be able to help us as a freshman in the short sprints and relays, and put the Rams’ women on the speed map,” said Abdel-Wahab.
Kendall Horan: Horan is a local recruit, a senior at Lutheran-Parker High School in Parker, Colo. Fairly new to the sport, Horan will benefit greatly from the guidance of sprints coach Abdel-Wahab as she develops her talents.
Her personal best in the indoor 60-meter dash is 7.90, while her best in the 100-meter dash is 12.3. She holds a personal record of 25.00 in the 200-meter dash.
“Kendall is an upcoming talented new sprinter in Colorado after years of soccer. She is very passionate about track and her current indoor season shows great promise. Kendall has a great range in her sprinting abilities and will help the Rams in the sprints and both relays,” said Abdel-Wahab.
Jerrell Mock: Mock will be a crucial addition to the Colorado State distance squad after an impressive career at Logan High School in Logan, Utah.
He was a runner-up in the 3,200-meter run at the 2012 Utah State Track & Field Championships, and a runner-up in the 2012 Utah State Cross Country Championship as well. His personal bests include 9:17.75 in the 3,200-meter run and 15:15.80 in the 5,000-meter run.
Coach Siemers is happy with the addition of Mock to the distance squad. “Mock is one of the top male recruits that CSU distance has had in the past few years. He is a very strong cross country and altitude runner which will help us tremendously at conference and regionals,” said Siemers.
Emily Romo: Like fellow recruit Kendall Horan, Romo brings her speed to the track after a long career as a soccer athlete. She will join Horan on the sprints squad in 2014.
Romo attends Cherry Creek High School in Englewood, Colo., and is a teammate of fellow sprinting signee Sarah Clough. Romo holds a personal record of 7.68 in the indoor 60-meter dash. Her fastest time in the 100-meter dash is 12.11 and her top time in the indoor 200-meter dash is 24.89.
“Emily is one of the most talented young women sprinters in Colorado. After a long soccer career she is fully focusing on track. Her personality fits in well with our team; she will help us right away in the short sprints and relays,” said coach Abdel-Wahab.
Karlee Schwartzkopf: Schwartzkopf, a runner at Mountain Vista High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., will add depth to the distance squad in 2014.
She finished 12th at the Nike Cross Country Southwest Regional, and boasts a 3,200-meter run personal record of 11:03.61. She holds a personal best of 17:46.30 in the 5,000-meter run.
“One of the region’s best cross country runners, Karlee will help provide the needed depth on our distance squad,” said Siemers.
Abigail Simpson: A sprinter from Pueblo, Colo., Simpson boosts an impressive 2013 recruiting class for the CSU sprints squad.
Her personal records include 55.57 in the 400-meter dash, 24.74 in the 200-meter dash, and 12.16 in the 100-meter dash.
Coach Abdel-Wahab is very happy about signing Simpson. “I’m truly ecstatic to have Abby as one of our incoming women sprinters. Her character as well as her talent will be great assets for the Rams. Abby managed to win her state division in the 400-meter dash and be top three in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, while acquiring very high academic standards. She truly has what it takes to help the Rams at the conference level and beyond.”
Evan Taylor: Taylor is a transfer from the University of Northern Colorado, and is already on the Colorado State track & field roster. Taylor was ranked in the top 32 athletes for the 200-meter dash in the USTFCCCA preseason national rankings.
His top times are 10.39 in the 100-meter dash, 20.81 in the 200-meter dash, and 6.76 in the 60-meter dash.
Coach Abdel-Wahab is ecstatic about the addition of Taylor to the team. “Evan is a great addition to our men’s track program. I’ve coached him as freshman at Northern Colorado, and I know we are bringing in a young man with great character and talent. Evan is a motivated sprinter that believes in hard work and commitment. I’m sure he will inspire a lot of Rams and be a source of positive energy on the team.”
Daniel Weirich: Weirich, a native of Eads, Colo., will be another hardworking thrower for the Rams’ extremely impressive throwing core.
He was the 2012 Colorado Class 2A champion in the shot put and discus, and a Denver Post All-Classification shot putter and discus thrower. Weirich also swept the shot put and discus at the 2011 Colorado Class 2A state championships. His personal bests include 60-3 in the shot put and 176-6 in the discus.
“Daniel will help our team immediately next season. He has the size and strength levels to make an easy transition to the heavier college implements. He's already done some work with the college shot which will give him a big jump coming in the fall training period. Daniel's personality is also a great fit for our team. He gets along with his teammates, and is a modest hard working guy raised in Eads, Colorado. He throws in his family's barn in the winter! Talk about dedication and commitment. That's the kind of athlete on want on our team,” said Coach Bedard, who is enthused about the addition of Weirich to the Rams’ roster.
Laura Yarrow: Yarrow is a native of Colorado Springs, Colo., where she attended Pine Creek High School. She is transferring from the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla.
Yarrow was the 2012 USATF National Junior Olympic Champion in the 1500-meter run, a race in which she holds a personal best time of 4:36.87. Her best time in the 800-meter run is 2:14.80.
Coach Siemers believes Yarrow will have an instant impact on the Rams’ distance squad. “Coming back to Colorado, Laura’s experience at the University of Tampa will give her the maturity to be an impact athlete right away. Her range from the 800-meter to 6,000-meter cross country is a huge asset,” said Siemers.