UCCS adds 16 to cross country/ track & field teams for 2010-11

By Chris Spomer published April 27, 2010

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs cross country/track and field coach Mark Misch announced the signings of several athletes on Tuesday. So far, 16 student-athletes from all across the country will be joining a young, promising group of Mountain Lions.

"We feel pretty good about this group so far," said Misch, who hopes to have a total of around 25 freshmen added to the roster by the beginning of the 2010-11 season.

UCCS has one of the youngest programs in Division II with 15 sophomores and an 31 freshmen currently on the roster. With the current freshman outnumbering the upperclassmen combined (26 juniors and seniors), the underclassmen make up 64% of the entire program.

William Edwards of Harrison High School in Colorado Springs was a state qualifier and All-Metro Conference selection in cross country and also runs the mile and two mile in track. Edwards set personal bests in both the mile and the two mile this season.

Drew Johnson of Salida High School was an all-state selection in cross country and part of the state championship cross country team for the Spartans.

Ian Penn of Liberty High School was an All-Metro selection and was a cross country state qualifier.

Jonathan Clark of Shadow Ridge High School (Las Vegas, Nev.) was an all-region selection and a state qualifier in cross country.

Sean Turner of Fort Morgan High School qualified for state in cross country and track. He competes in the 800-meter run, the mile and two mile.

Travis Whitman of Glenwood Springs High School was a state qualifier in the 400-meter dash and part of the 4x400 relay team that was runner-up at the state championships. He competes in the 200 and 400 as an individual.

Adam Nasif of Fountain-Fort Carson High School competes in the 200 and 400 and was a state qualifier in the 4x200 and the 4x400 relays.

Matt Winfrey of Arapahoe High School competes in the 400, 800 and was a state qualifier in the 800. Winfrey was a finalist at the 2010 Simplot Games in the 800.

Robert McDougal of Palmer High School competes in the long and triple jump, along with the 100 and 200 meter dashes.

On the women's side of things, the Mountain Lions will be adding depth and diversity as six girls bring 10 different events to the team.

Natalie Miller of Highlands Ranch High School was a state qualifier in cross country and competes in the 800, the mile and two mile.

Mariah Schmidt of Bozeman (Mont.) High School competes in both cross country and track and field.

Emi Weeks of Los Alamos (N.M.) High School was a state champion in the 200 and state runner up in the 100 and long jump.

Teagan Hughes of Hill Murray (Minn.) High School is the school's record holder in the pole vault.

Maddison Neher of Castle View High School was a state qualifier in cross country.

Alexa Urban is a very promising sprinter from Frederick High School. She has already clocked a 58-second 400 this year and is looking to place in the top three in that event at the state meet.

"Recruiting is not a perfect science in any sport and time will tell with this group," said Misch, "but the potential is there for them to excel over the next three to four years."

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