Carroll College track and field recently completed the NAIA Track and Field Championship capturing 17 All-American honors and a seventh-place finish for the women and a ninth-place finish for the men. The program looks to continue to build on that success and today, head coach Harry Clark announced the signing of 27 athletes from seven different states, including 11 from Montana.
Several Montana athletes highlight the recruiting class, including Billings Wests' Brooke Endy who ran the fastest 100-meter and 200-meter times in the state all year. She was also a member of the 4x100-relay team that tied the all-class record at the state meet.
"Brooke is going to make an immediate impact on our sprints and our short relay," Clark said. "Her 100-meter time is almost at NAIA qualifying and her 200 time is even closer. She will challenge the rest of the 4x100 team right away. It should make for some fun competition."
Also highlighting the list of Montana athletes is a duo the Clark hopes will compete for NAIA qualification as multi-event athletes.
Hobson's Ember Drivdahl, Bozeman's Josephine D'Agastino will compete in heptathlon and Clark believes that they could come in and be competitive right away for Carroll.
"We had two qualify for nationals in the heptathlon this year (Crystal Schmidt and Bethany Lacock), when you add this group in, I will be disappointed if we don't have 4 or 5 athletes in the hep at nationals next year."
On the men's side, three athletes from Spokane will come in and compete for qualification at nationals right away. Johnny Cooney from Gonzaga Prep, Malacki Griffen from Ferris HS and Bryan Anderson out of Mead High School all look poised to have promising careers for the Saints.
Cooney's mile time is just outside of nationals qualifying time. He tallied the 16th fastest 3,200-meter time in Washington state class 4A.
Griffen is a sub 11.00, 100-meter runner and is close to NAIA qualifying times in both the 100 and 200.
Anderson brings in a blistering PR of 14.18 in the 110 hurdles. That time would have finished third at NAIA Nationals and is faster than the Montana All-class State record of 14.26. He also has a 300 hurdles time of 38.49. He will give Carroll a strong 1-2 hurdle team when combined with Stephen Delaney who took seceond at nationals a season ago but redshirted this year.
"Bryan can flat out run," Clark said. "He is the fastest hurdler that I have ever recruited, including Stephen Delaney and Matt Larson when I was at Montana, he went on to win three Big Sky Championships. We are really excited to get him here and work with him. It will be a lot of fun to see Stephen and him battle."
There are also several multi-sport athletes in this class. Steven Helm III will play men's basketball and run sprints, Brenna Rohnkohl will play soccer and was a member of the 2016 4x400 Nevada state championship team, and Brynna Stauffer will play volleyball and will throw shot put and discus for the Saints.
"When you look at the success we had this year and you look at that list of All-Americans there are four multi-sport athletes that were All-Americans, including David Barnett who won the javelin national championship," Clark said. "It is indicative of the way we do things here at Carroll, we have the opportunity to work together as coaching staffs to get the best athlete possible and it pays dividends."
The Saints hope this class will push them into trophy contention as the program continues to rise.
"We return a lot of talent and a lot of potential," Clark said. "This class is a fantastic group that will give us another opportunity to get closer to a national championship. We have some great athletes who are going to keep improving and this is going to turn up the knob on competition within the team."
Brooke Endy – Billings, Mont. - Billings West - Sprints
Allie Shulz – Whitefish, Mont. – Whitefish HS – Hurdles
Ember Drivdahl - Hobson, Mont. – Hobson HS - Multi Event
Josephine D'Agostino –Bozeman, Mont. – Bozeman HS – Multi Events
Ginny Meisner – Belt, Mont. – Belt HS - Sprints/Multi
Stephen Michael Lindsey - Columbia Falls, Mont. – Columbia Falls HS - Sprints Jumps
Mariah Stoltz – Valier, Mont. – Valier HS - Hurdles/Multi
Whitney Mcgree – Butte, Mont. – Butte Central - Sprints
Taylar Green – Helena, Mont. - Helena Capital - Jumps
Taylor Lapke – Kallispell, Mont. – Glacier - Distance
Hope Welhaven Billings, Mont. - Central Catholic HS - Throws
Out of State Signees
Bryan Anderson – Spokane, Wash. - Mead HS - Hurdles
Joseph Mullener Boise, Idaho - Capital HS - Mid-Distance
Johnny Cooney – Spokane, Wash. - Gonzaga Prep - Distance
Malacki Griffen – Spokane, Wash. - Ferris HS - Sprints/Jumps
Steven Helm III - Valpraiso, Indiana - Valparaiso HS - Sprints/Basketball
Brenna Rohnkohl - Las Vegas, Nev. – Faith Lutheran HS - Sprints/Soccer
Abby Hammermeister – Cheney, Wash. – Cheney HS - Distance
Matt Becker – Silverdale, Wash. - Olympic HS – Mid-Distance
Clara Fassinger - Half Moon Bay, Calif. – Half Moon Bay HS - Distance
Morgan Shimkus – Stanwood, Wash. – Lakewood HS - Multi
Paige Wright - Olympia Wash., Timberline HS - Distance
Benjamin Wood - Des Moines, Wash. - Mt Rainier HS - Distance
Samantha Trudeau – Chewelah, Wash. - Chewelah HS - Javelin
Kayla Connelly – Boise, Idaho – Bishop Kelly HS - Throws
Michael Henderson – Seattle, Wash. - Pole Vault
Brynna Stauffer – Damascus, Ore. – Sam Barlow HS – Throws/Volleyball
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