Mesa track team fills out roster

For the first time in the program’s history, Mesa State College will be able to field a full women’s track & field team.

Mesa State coach Katrice Thomas added 14 recruits to the roster, running the total to more than 30 athletes for the program’s fifth year.

“Not only are we swimming in numbers, but also talent and potential,” Thomas said Tuesday in a release. “Now that they are on campus I can’t wait to get them training, locked, loaded and ready to explode onto the conference scene.”

Of the 14, four of them are sprinters, including Colorado State University transfer Kaela Maynes (400-meter run). The other three are from the Western Slope: Alicia Gieck (Delta), Breanna Jones (Grand Junction) and Taylor Allmon (Basalt). Gieck and Allmon were high school state qualifiers.

“I am very excited for Alicia, as I know that she’s got a ton of potential in her,” Thomas said. “Jones is definitely the sleeper of the group. We are glad she traded in her dancing shoes for sprint spikes.”

Jones is a talented dancer in addition to running track, Thomas said.

Hurdlers Lianna Ferguson (Broadalbin, N.Y.) and Lindsay Hart (Gunnison) were both state qualifiers. Ferguson is a middle-distance runner and will compete in the steeplechase.

Hart ran a personal-best time of 47.64 seconds in the 300 hurdles and placed sixth at state.

Discus and shot put thrower Jessica Needham (Coal Ridge) joins the Mavericks after a personal-best shot put of 35 feet, 3 inches at state to place seventh.

“Jessica improved by nearly five feet in the shot put in one season,” Thomas said. “I am very excited to see how much she improves.”

Mesa State added high jumpers Brandie Hermes (Potter, Neb.) and Cassandra Lamb (Creede) and middle-distance runners Callie Osborn (Albuquerque, N.M.), Tara Ebarb (Artesia, N.M.) and Aubrey Valdez (Fort Collins) and heptathlete Christina Slanger (Durango).


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