March 18, 2009
Columbia, Mo. -
11 high school seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to compete under Head Coach Dr. Rick McGuire and the black and gold of the University of Missouri in 2010, adding depth to a track squad that will lose 11 seniors at the end of this year.
Bailey Belvis, Chelsea Chrisman, Brittany Tate, Katie Vanatta, Kaitie Evans, Kylie Jones, Tyler Compton, Corey Jones, Hayden Legg, Brooks Moiser and Max Storms all highlight some of the best talent from the state of Missouri and the Midwest.
"Our coaches do a tremendous job of bringing in athletes who not only compete hard on the track, but in the classroom as well," head coach Dr. Rick McGuire said. "Some of the athletes we have coming in next year are known nationally and we pride ourselves on getting the best talent from the state of Missouri and the surrounding areas."
Here's a look at the future of Missouri Track and Field:
Bailey Belvis, Cross Country/Distance, Prosper, Texas
Belvis is the four-time cross country State Champion in Texas, and holds the state record in cross country in class 3A with a time of 11:10 in the 2 mile race. She's won four state titles in track and qualified for the 2008 Nike Cross Country Nationals with a sixth place finish in the south region with a time of 18:02.
Assistant Coach Rebecca Wilmes: "We're very excited to have Bailey join the Tigers next year. She's such a focused student-athlete with a tremendous work ethic in both the classroom and her athletics
Chelsea Chrisman, Mid-Distance, Eureka, Mo.
Chrisman was the runner-up in the 800-meter run in Class 4 and was a member of two state champion 4x800 meter relay teams in 2006 and 2008. In cross country, Chrisman was all-state athlete three times and placed as high as sixth in 2007.
Coach Rebecca Wilmes: "Chelsea is a tough middle distance runner with good foot speed. She demonstrates a great ability to be "on" for the championship meets. Chelsea will be a big part in continuing our strong tradition in the middle distance area."
Brittany Tate, Cross Country/Distance, Lee's Summit, Mo.
Tate was an all-state selection in cross country three times, was all-state in track twice in the 3200-meter run, and won a state championship in cross country in 2007 and two championship 4x800-meter relay teams. She also played varsity basketball for three years.
Coach Rebecca Wilmes: "Brittany is a tough kid with a lot of athleticism. She is a versatile distance runner who we're very excited to have as a Tiger next year."
Kaitie Vanatta, Cross Country/Distance, Littleton, Co.
Vanatta is a three time state champion in Colorado and finished in fourth place in the Footlocker National Championships in 2006.
Coach Rebecca Wilmes: "Kaitie is a very talented, tenacious runner who will play a major role on our cross country team and in the distance area. She's a great student and an ever better person and we're very excited to have her."
Corey Jones, Throws, Booneville, Mo.
Jones holds the Missouri state record in the shot put among all classes, and was the 2008 Class 3 Missouri state champion in the shot put. In 2008, he was the 5th ranked athlete in the shot put nationally and in 2009 he is ranked second in the country.
Associate Head Coach Brett Halter: "Corey is a tremendous athlete who will have an immediate impact at the conference and national levels. As an athlete, Corey possesses physical, competitive and intellectual capabilities to achieve at the highest levels in our sport. However, Corey's achievements in the sport pale in comparison to the admiration he receives from those in authority. The entire Mizzou family will be proud to call him a Tiger."
Brooks Moiser, Throws, Lee's Summit, Mo.
Nationally, Moiser was 26th in 2008 in the discus and in 2009 he is ranked seventh. In the shot put, Moiser is ranked 14th in the country and was the Class 4 state champion in the shot put in 2008.
Coach Halter: "Brooks is such an impressive competitor. Badly hurt in the 2008 state championships, he delivered a huge throw on his last attempt to win the state championship. His competitive integrity is a quality found in the best both inside the Big 12 Conference and at the national level. He will be a significant contributor to the rich history of Missouri Track and Field."
Katie Evans, Throws, Unionville, Mo.
Evans is the fourth generation of Missouri state record holders in the girl's shot put from Class 2 to attend Mizzou (Mitzi Noelker, Lindsey Markworth, Elisha Hunt). She was the 16th rated female athlete in the shot put in 2008 and is seventh this year. In the discus, was 25th in 2008 and is 11th this year. Evans completed a personal double-double winning both the Class 2 discus and shot put in 2008.
Coach Halter: "It has been thrilling for me to watch Katie develop over the years as she's been a regular at our camps since the eighth grade. Katie is a tremendous competitor with a diligent work ethic. Like Corey Jones, in Katie we're adding another quality person to our program and the MIZZOU family."
Kylie Jones, Throws, Webb City, Mo.
Jones was the 26th ranked female discus thrower in the country last year, and in 2009 ranked 12th. In 2008, Jones finished as a runner up in the discus in the Class 3 championships.
Coach Halter: "Kylie brings a tremendous competitive spirit to our team. She will focus her energy in the discus and hammer, as her multi sport background will allow her to develop quickly in both events. Kylie's competitiveness has helped her not only in track and field, but also in softball, where on more than one occasion has propelled her team to victory with game winning home runs against some of the best pitching in the state! These experiences will pay huge dividends for her and her future teammates at MIZZOU."
Max Storms, Cross Country/Distance, Kansas City, Mo.
Storms was the 2007 Missouri Class 2 Cross Country state champion, and was a runner-up in the 2008 Missouri Class 3 3200-meter run.
Tyler Compton, Cross Country/Distance, Buffalo, Mo.
Compton is the 2008 cross country state champion in Class 2 and is an all-state performer in track in Class 3.
Hayden Legg, Cross Country/Distance, Mexico, Mo.
Legg placed fourth in 2007 and 2008 in the Missouri Class 3 championships.
Cross Country Head Coach/Assistant Track Coach Jared Wilmes: "The three distance guys that we signed all bring a great work ethic and have a lot of potential. I expect these guys to be a major part of our team as they grow and develop as runners. All three are great students that should continue our tradition of excellence in the classroom"