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Carroll T&F Adds Out of State Track Recruits

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Carroll College head track and field coach Harry Clark announced earlier this month that 45 student athletes have signed on to compete for the Fighting Saints’ program.

With a majority 25 of the now 46 students coming to Carroll from within the state of Montana, an additional 21 out of state athletes will be making their way to the Queen City this fall.

Headlining the group is Max Axtell of Rockford Washington.  The Freeman High School product was the State 1A Champion in the 400m with a time of 49.74 and took 4th at the State Meet in the 100m with a time of 10.74.

"Max will be a great addition to an already strong mile relay team, while training to be a decathlete,” Clark said.

Other notable out of state signings include:

Nikole Alamillo of Sandpoint High School, who’s 131-foot discus throw helped her earn a 3rd place finish at the 4A State Idaho Track Meet.

Teal Bullick of Napa, California, who ran a school record 5:11.67 in the 1600m while at Justin-Siena High School.  Bullick also was a two-time qualifier for the state meet in cross-country.

Brooke Ruppenthal of Ponderosa High School (Shingle Springs, Calif.) who was a standout in cross-country with an 18:48 time in the 5000m.

Taylor Smith of University High School (Spokane, Wash.), who as a distance runner clocked a 9:42.62 time in the 3200m.

Courtney Sherick also of University High School  made her mark with a 5:16.62 time in the 1600m.

Crystal Schmidt of Hermiston High School (Hermiston, Ore.), will throw and jump for the Fighting Saints and had standout throws of: 136' 8" good for 3rd place at the 5A State Oregon Meet (javelin), 36' 0.25” (shot put).  Her jump of 5'2" was good for 6th place in the 5A State Oregon (high jump), and 35' 4" (triple jump) was 5th best at the same meet.

“The more quality athletes we bring to Carroll, the better it makes everyone.  We have been fortunate to land some outstanding individuals that will help immediately and this class is a great example of the type of student-athlete we want,” Clark added.

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.

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