Feb. 19, 2014
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FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The Colorado State track & field team announced the signing of 13 new athletes to its roster for the 2015 season. Head Coach Brian Bedard announced the new additions Wednesday.
The eight women and five men in the incoming class come to Colorado State from all over the world, ranging from Wisconsin to Edmonton, Canada. Nine of the 12 recruits will join the distance running group, and Rams' cross country team. Many hold state titles and have been recognized nationally.
An outstanding distance runner, Jackson Carter is a Nevada State Division-I Champion in the 1600-meter run, and a runner-up in the 800 meters. He was on the state champion track team in Division I in 2012 and 2013. His cross country team won the state championships in three of his four years. He was a 2013 inductee into the Nevada Cross Country Hall of Fame, and was named MVP of Centennial High School cross country in both 2012 and 2013.
Carter's personal record in the 800-meter race is in one minute, 54.62 seconds. His other personal bests include a 1600m in 4:20.72 and a 3200m in 9:55.22. His cross-country records are a 5k in 16:01 and a 3-mile mark of 15:22.
"Jackson has tremendous range as a state placer in Nevada in the 800 meters, 1600 meters, 3200 meters and cross country," explained distance coach Art Siemers. "He will bring a winning attitude to CSU as a member of a state championship cross country team and a member of a nationally ranked 3200-meter relay."
Born in West Africa, Isatu Fofanah is a Canadian citizen and has competed for Canada. She will be transferring from Northern Arizona where she spent her freshman year breaking the indoor 60 meters school record with a time of 7.36 seconds. Fofanah represented Canada in both the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore and the 2012 World Juniors in Barcelona in the 200 meters. A gold medalist, she competed in the Western Summer games in the 4x100-meter relay and the 100 meters. She was a qualifier for the 2013 World University Games in Russia and a Canada Summer Games gold medalist in the 100 meters.
Isatu's outstanding personal records are an indoor 60-meter dash in a time of 7.36 seconds, a 100m in 11.63, and a 200m in 23.77.
Coach Karim Abdel Wahab is more than excited to work with Fofanah. "Isatu has what CSU athletics is looking for in a student athlete. I see Isatu helping the Rams achieving new standards in the women's short sprints, getting the Rams some national recognition and breaking some school records."
Coming to CSU from Tempe, Ariz., Tevin Mayfield is Arizona's fastest returning 110-meter hurdler in his senior year of high school. His family of nine has inspired him to run, and he will bring this motivation and dedication to the Colorado State. Mayfield earned fourth place when competing for a spot on the USA Youth World Team and he broke the freshman showcase record in the 300-meter hurdles in 2011. He also broke the Tempe Stampede Meet records in the 110-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles in two consecutive years in 2012 and 2013, and ran in the 4x400-meter relay that also set a school record.
Sprinting personal bests for Mayfield are a 110 hurdles race in 14.06 seconds, a 300 hurdles race in 38.21, a 200m in 22.01, and a 400m split relay time of 48.50.
Coach Abdel Wahab's comments on Mayfield: "I got to know Tevin throughout the recruiting process, and he is a great person, committed student, and has great aspiration to get to the next level as a hurdler. Tevin has what it takes to continue the Rams' success in men's hurdling, and I'm truly excited to see how far he can go."
Mary Franke was a member of the Nike High School Cross Country National Champions Team in 2013, and she was a member of the Minnesota 6A cross country state champions team in 2012 and 2013.
Another addition to the distance team, Franke's bests include a 1600-meter race in five minutes, 11.0 seconds, a 3200m in 11:06.10, a 4k in 14:32, and a 5k in 18:34.
"Mary brings great leadership and a winning attitude to the Rams as a member of the Nike National Champion cross-country team and back-to-back Minnesota state champions," praised Siemers. "She will mainly compete in the 5K and 10K on the track."
A 2013 Kansas State 6A champion in the 1600-meter run, Sam Guinn has won numerous awards for his distance running. He was the state runner-up in 2013 in the 3,200 meters and in cross country in 2012. Guinn is the Kansas City Metro League State Champion in both cross country and the 1,600 meters. He was also awarded the Colorado State University Presidential Scholarship Award.
Personal bests for Guinn are a 1600-meter run in four minutes, 16.49 seconds, a two-mile in 9:16.51, and an indoor 3k in 8:50.24. He also has a personal record in the 5k with a mark of 15:21.
"Sam is an outstanding cross country runner and his presence in the middle distances will help us tremendously in track and field," discussed Siemers. "His consistency as a high place winner at the Kansas State Meet is what we strive for in our program."
Kelcey Bedard is the daughter of Head Coach Brian Bedard, and was a state champion in discus in 2013. She is a multi-sport athlete with many academic honors and team captain of the track and field team she competes for. Bedard was awarded team MVP and defensive MVP, along with Leader of the Pack for three consecutive years. She was an Academic All-State First Team athlete in the 2012-2013 year and won All-Conference Honorable Mention.
"This is a special opportunity for me to work with my daughter as her coach," commented Bedard. "I believe Kelcey can be successful as a collegiate discus thrower and possible hammer thrower. We might even experiment with the javelin."
The fourth women's signee, Macy Kreutz is a second year defending champion in the Continental League in the 800-meter run. She was selected to the Douglas County Women in Sports recognition award this year. She placed second in the 3,200-meter relay and fifth in the 800 meters at the Colorado 5A state championships.
Macy's middle distance personal records include a 200-meter dash in 26.89 seconds, a 400m in 57.72, and an 800m in 2:14.91. Her best in the 5k is a mark of 19:02.00.
Coach Siemers is impressed with Kreutz. "Macy will give us much needed speed in the middle distances as one of the top 800-meter runners in Colorado. Her `do it all' mentality will be an outstanding fit for the Rams."
Bringing extremely impressive marks to CSU including a black belt in karate, Trent Powell holds the school record for the 5K in cross country. He is a Big Rivers Conference champion in the 3,200-meter run and cross country. He was honored as an All-State athlete in DI cross country for the past two years and also in the 1600m in track.
Powell's distance running's personal bests are a 1600-meter mark of four minutes, 14.77 seconds, a 3200m in 9:42.00, and a 5k in 15:29.
"Trent is a rapidly-improving middle-distance and cross country runner that is among the best in Wisconsin," said Siemers. "His athleticism and mental toughness are apparent by his black belt in karate."
Cole Rockhold is a recipient of the Dean's Scholarship Award from CSU. He was runner-up at the Missouri State Class 4 Championships in the 3,200-meter run, and a medalist in both cross country and the mile run in 2013. He was the champion of Kansas City Suburban Red Cross Country in both 2012 and 2013, and the mile champion in 2013. He also won the prestigious Kansas Relays 3200m race.
Cole's personal records include a 1600-meter run in four minutes, 13.68 seconds, a mile in 4:14.58, and a 3200m in 9:07.08. His best indoor 3k and 5k are in times of 8:45.77 and 15:23.
"Cole's 1,600 meter- and 3,200 meter-times are the fastest high school marks CSU has seen in some time," commented Siemers. "The fact that he ran them in a double at the Missouri State meet shows he has the character and toughness needed to succeed at the Division-I level."
Undefeated for four years in the PAC-12 Conference in cross country, Kara Steinke was awarded the Times Herald and Mercury Athlete of the Year for four consecutive years starting in 2010. She holds the school record in the 3,200-meter run and the 1,600 meters for Methacton and placed fourth at the PIAA Track & Field State Championships in the 3,200 meters in 2012.
Kara Steinke holds remarkable personal records for herself in distance running. Her best time in the 1600-meter run is in four minutes, 59.64 seconds. She also ran her fastest 3200m in 10:43.15 and a 5k in 17:56.
"Kara will be an immediate impact runner on our cross country team next year, as she has performed as one of the top high school runners in the Northeast," Coach Siemers commented.
Roxy Trotter was the champion in the 800 meters at the Western Slope League Meet in 2012. She is the team captain of her track & field team, and a 4A state medalist in the 800 meters in Colorado for two consecutive years.
Trotter's middle distance personal records are a 59.77-second run in the 400-meter dash and an 800m in 2:16.70.
"Roxy's work ethic and willingness to move up to the 1,500 meters and mile at the collegiate level will make her a strong asset to our team," Coach Siemers said of Trotter.
McKenzie Wright is a recipient of the Aldo Sebben Award for Class 4 in Missouri and a One Awards nominee. She was the runner-up in the 2012 5A state track & field championships in Kansas in triple jump, and again in 2013 in high jump in Missouri. She placed fifth in triple jump at the Missouri state championships last year. Competing at the Great Southwest Classic, Wright finished third in triple jump and fifth in high jump.
"She is a well-rounded student athlete that encompasses the `do it all' mantra we have here at Colorado State. She should have an immediate impact in the high jump and triple jump for the Rams," assistant coach Tim Cawley commented on the Rams' 12th signee.
Darby Gilfillan is a Denver Public Schools cross country champion and also won titles in the 800-meter and 1,600-meter races. She placed sixth in the Colorado Stat Track & Field Championships in the 1,600 meters and took fifth place at the USATF World Youth Track & Field Trials in the 1,500 meters in 2013.
"We are super excited to have Darby join the CSU cross country and track and field teams," commented distance coach Siemers. "Her indoor 1600-meter run at Simplot games this year ranks her in the top 50 in the nation. Her altitude converted time (NCAA calculator) in the 3200 meters: 10:40.82 shows she has the strength to be a top Division-I runner. We anticipate she will have an immediate impact in the Mountain West in the middle distances."
The athletes signed by Colorado State, along with their high schools or previous colleges and hometowns:
Kelcey Bedard, Rocky Mountain High School; Fort Collins, Colo.
Jackson Carter, Centennial High School; Las Vegas, Nev.
Isatu Fofanah, Northern Arizona University; Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Mary Franke, Wayzata High School; Plymouth, Minn.
Darby Gilfillan, George Washington High School; Denver, Colo.
Sam Guinn, Blue Valley Northwest High School; Overland Park, Kan.
Macy Kreutz, Highlands Ranch High School; Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Tevin Mayfield, Corona del Sol High School; Tempe, Ariz.
Trent Powell, River Falls High School; River Falls, Wisc.
Cole Rockhold, Truman High School; Independence, Mo.
Kara Steinke, Methacton High School; Collegeville, Pa.
Roxy Trotter, Eagle Valley High School; Gypsum, Colo.
McKenzie Wright, Camdenton High School; Camdenton, Mo.