Carroll College head track and field coach Harry Clark has announced that 45 athletes have signed on to compete for the Fighting Saints track and field program this upcoming season.
The 2014 recruiting class is made up of 23 treasure state products.With just over half of the class made up of Montana natives, many athletes with stellar high school careers selected Carroll to continue their careers in Helena.
Of the 45 athletes that make up the incoming freshman class, several will compete across seasons including cross-country, indoor track and field as well as outdoor track and field.
Headlining the 2014 class are seven Montana State Champions: Kyle Nickol, Chance Hyatt, Andrew Weltz, Darren Hecker, Zac Agee, Mika Robinson and Bethany Lacock.
Among men’s recruits, Nickol, from Capital High School claimed the 400m championship this season in the Class AA ranks.Hyatt of Bainville High School was the state champion in both the 1600m and 3200m for Class C.Weltz of Polson High School was tops at the Class A level in the triple jump.Hecker of Sweet Grass County High School was the Class B State Champion in the 800m.Zac Agee of Victor won the Class C long jump championship. Finally, Chris Emter of Livingston High School set a Class A Record in the shot put and will take his throwing talents to Carroll after claiming Class A championships in both the shot put and discus.
Women’s recruits, Robinson of Billings West High School was the State AA Champion in the pole vault and Lacock of Hinsdale High School was tops in Class C in the pole vault as well.
“This would be a great recruiting class for any Division I program, we are thrilled at the caliber of athlete Carroll College is able to attract and our program is gaining talent every year,” Clark said.
On the women’s side, other notable signees include: Tiffany Sherman of Bozeman High School who placed second in the javelin at the Class AA meet; Rhiannon Sturgess of Flathead High School who placed third in both the 100m hurdles and the 300m hurdles in the Class AA ranks; Maggie Mitzel of Loyola Sacred Heart who placed third in the 1600m and the 3200m at the Class B State Championships and Jessica Lewis of Corvallis High School who placed third in the shot put at the Class A State Championships.
“We accomplished a lot this offseason in terms of adding not only great talent, but exceptional depth to our program.We are still a newer program, but the accomplishments of our athletes has been very encouraging already and we are expecting that trend to continue with these athletes on board,” Clark said.
Carroll College added the cross-country and track and field programs in the Fall of 2010 and has seen the program grow in both size and accolades with numerous All-Americans produced during the programs first few years.
This past year, the Fighting Saints had teams advance to the NAIA National Championships in five of the six sports.Women’s cross-country placed 11th, men’s indoor 8th, women’s indoor 9th, men’s outdoor 16th and women’s outdoor 21st.