Mizzou Track & Field Welcomes 27 Newcomers for the 2014-15 Season
Updated Tuesday August 26, 2014


COLUMBIA, Mo. -  With summer rapidly coming to a close, the University of Missouri Track & Field program is excited to announce the addition of 12 student-athletes to the 2014-15 signing class, bringing the final tally of newcomers in the black and gold to 27.  These six men and six women, who join the original 15 from the release in March, continue to increase the depth of the program across the board as they add a slew of state, national, and international accolades to the Mizzou roster.

"I am proud of the staff for their tireless efforts in attracting a diverse and driven class," Head Coach Brett Halter said. "I am even more impressed with the quality and individuality that each of these student-athletes represent.  Every one of these young men and women are intent on excelling in the classroom, and share the gracious attitudes and are absolutely driven to achieve at the highest levels in their respective event area to elevate our team to become championship contenders.  The staff is thrilled that each of these individuals share the desire to compete against the best at their best - a desire that captures the athletic values of our 'Tiger Family'."

Here's a breakdown of some of the highlights from the 2014-15 incoming class:

  >  51 State titles
  >  11 states and three countries (U.S., Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica)
  >  8 NAIA All-American honors
  >  7 NCAA Conference titles
  >  5 New Balance Nationals qualifiers 
  >  4 CARIFTA (Caribbean Free Trade Association) Games medals
  >  4 NCAA Championships qualifiers
  >  2 IAAF World Junior Championships qualifiers
  >  2 Nike Cross Nationals qualifiers
  >  1 New Balance National Champion (triple jump)
  >  1 Trinidad & Tobago Junior Champion 
  >  1 NCAA Indoor Championships runner-up (4x400-meter relay) 
  >  1 Collegiate Indoor Record Holder (4x200-meter relay)
  >  1 Tennessee State Gatorade Athlete of the Year (2011)

Midwest Continues Serving as Pipeline for Distance and Mid-Distance Crew

Mizzou is continuing to establish itself as a destination program for regional distance and mid-distance talent, as the 2014-15 class boasts four men and four women from three states in the Midwest, as well as another east coast native in New Yorker Patrick Kearns.  Kearns, who graduated from Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS in New York City, was a 2014 NYSPHSAA Championships qualifier and the 2014 PSAL City Champion in the 3200-meter run.

Columbia-bred Zach Cook and Evan Schulte kick off the list of local faces to look for starting in the fall.  Both were members of the 2011 MSHSAA Cross Country Championship team at Rock Bridge HS, and were runners-up at the 2012 and 2010 MSHSAA Cross Country Championships.

Individually, Schulte was a three-time All-State finisher for the Bruins in cross country, placing fourth (2013), fifth (2012), and 20th (2011).  He went on to place fourth at the 2013 Nike Midwest Regional, qualifying for the Nike Cross National meet.  On the track, Schulte earned three MSHSAA All-State honors, with the most recent coming in 2014 when he finished third in the 3200-meter and fifth in the 1600-meter runs.

Cook was just behind his long-time teammate at the 2013 MSHSAA Cross Country Championships, placing ninth overall, and earned two MSHSAA All-State honors, finishing fourth in the 3200-meter run (2014) and second in the 4x800-meter relay (2012).

Rounding out the additions for the men's mid-distance and distance program are Nixa-native Taylor Stephen and Scottsbluff, Neb., bred Ben Willis-Teff.  Stephen was a two-time MSHSAA State Championships qualifier for Nixa HS, while Willis-Teff was a member of three NSAA Cross Country Championship teams and the 2012 Track & Field title-winning team while at Scottsbluff HS.

On the women's side, Jamie Kempfer (Festus HS) is the lone Missouri-native joining the Tiger ranks for the 2014-15 season.  A two-time runner-up at the MSHSAA Cross Country Championships (2012-13), and member of three second-place teams at the MSHSAA Cross Country (2012-13) and Track (2011) Championships, Kempfer has accrued nine All-State finishes to her name.  Included among those is an MSHSAA State Title in the 4x800-meter relay (2011).  She was also the runner-up at the 2013 Nike Midwest Regional, qualifying for the Nike Nationals where she placed 19th overall.

The three remaining additions to the women's mid-distance and distance squads are all Iowa-bred: Karissa Schweizer (Urbandale, Ia.), Madison Waymire (Grimes, Ia.), and Ashlynn Yokom (North Liberty, Ia.).  

Schweizer was a 15-time IAHSAA All-State competitor for Dowling Catholic HS, and a member of three IAHSAA Cross Country title-winning teams (2010-11, 2013).  Included among her All-State finishes was a State Title in the 3000-meter run (2011).  In the post-season, Schweizer was a four-time Nike Heartland Regional top-20 finisher, placing fourth in 2013 to go on and compete at the Nike Cross Nationals.

Waymire is a four-time IAHSAA All-State competitor in Cross Country for Dallas Center-Grimes Community HS, including a first-place finish at the 2011 Cross Country Championships.  On the track, she holds 12 IAHSAA All-State honors, including two IAHSAA State Titles in the 800-meter run (2011-12).  She was also runner-up in the 3000-meter run (2011-12), 1500-meter run (2011-12), and distance medley relay (2011-12).

Closing out the group is Iowa City West HS five-time All-State runner, Ashlynn Yokom.  Yokom was runner-up at the 2012 IAHSAA 4A Cross Country Championships, and fifth in 2013.  On the track, she earned All-State honors in the 3000-meter run (2012-13) and 1500-meter run (2012).

Throws Squad Continues to Draw Big Regional Names

As one of the top throws program in the nation, Mizzou continues to build upon their high-caliber student-athletes with top performers from Missouri and the surrounding states.  

Lee's Summit West HS grad, Avery Carter, was the 2014 MSHSAA State Champion in the shot put and his PR of 60-4.5 was good for a new Lee's Summit West HS Record in the shot put.

Will Fife (Helias Catholic HS) also has a state title to his name after he won the 2013 MSHSAA Championships in the shot put.  He was also a two-time MSHSAA All-State finisher in 2012 with the discus (second) and shot put (third), a two-time District Champion in the shot put, and holds the Helias Catholic School Record in both events.

The trio of incoming women are split between Missouri and two of its neighboring states.  Sarah Weidner (Festus HS) will continue the tradition of in-state throws talent, coming to Mizzou from Herculaneum, Mo.  Weidner has a pair of MSHSAA All-State finishes in the shot put to her name, finishing fifth in 2014 and claiming the state title in 2013.

Allison Zerbe (Mission Valley HS) will take up the mantle from recent grad, Hailey Twietmeyer, as the resident-Kansan on the javelin squad.  Zerbe is a three-time KSHSAA State Champion in the event, winning the title in 2011, 2013, and 2014.  She was the 2012 KSHSAA Championships third-place finisher.  The Mission Valley HS record holder in the event, Zerbe was also the 2013 Kansas Relays runner-up in the event.

Bloomington, Ill. native Gabi Jacobs (Normal University HS) was the 2014 IHSA Champion in the discus, and finished third in the shot put.  She has a handful of All-State honors to her name before 2014, placing second in the shot put and third in the discus at both the 2012 and 2013 Championships.

Sprints Group Adds National, International Talent

The Tigers are continuing to add to the prowess of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) in the jumps and sprints group as they welcome major national and international talent to the already-impressive roster.  Among those arriving in Columbia this month are transfers from Penn State University (Matt Gilmore), University of Houston (Dante Johnson), Doane College (Sandrae Farquharson), Georgia Southern University (Alyssa Felton), and San Diego State University (LaQuisha Jackson).  All five student-athletes bring with them both high school and collegiate honors, including several All-American awards and a Collegiate Indoor Record in the 4x200-meter relay.

Starting off the list of transfers is Matt Gilmore (Penn State), who has two NCAA Championships qualifications to his name, including an All-American finish in 2012 after finishing second in the 4x400-meter relay.  He was also a member of the Collegiate Record Breaking 4x200-meter relay team while with the Nittany Lions, timing in at 1:24.70 at the 2013 Penn State National meet.  He also was a member of the 2013 Big Ten Championship DMR team.

Gilmore also had a successful high school career, earning three Pennsylvania State Championship titles while with Cheltenham HS, and an additional five All-State finishes.

Dante Johnson comes in with his freshman eligibility from the University of Houston.  The Atlanta, Ga., native hurdler had a successful career at Campbell HS, garnering four All-American honors and two Junior Olympic titles in the hurdle and 4x400-meter relay.

On the women's side, the Tigers are gaining another multiple-time conference champion in Alyssa Felton, who arrives in Columbia after two years at Georgia Southern University.  A sprinter, hurdler, and jumper for the Eagles, Felton qualified for the 2014 NCAA Championships East Preliminary Round in the 4x100-meter relay and tallied three Southern Conference titles to her name in the long jump (2013) and 4x100-meter relay (2014).  A native of Lithonia, Ga., Felton was a five-time All-State athlete at Chamblee HS.

Rounding out the transfers is the Tigers' newest addition from San Diego State University, LaQuisha Jackson.  Jackson was a three-time Mountain West Conference Champion and a 2013 NCAA Championships West Preliminary Round qualifier (100-meters, 200-meters) with the Aztecs.  Before her move out to the west coast, Jackson was the 2011 Tennessee State Gatorade Athlete of the Year after earning the distinction of being the No. 2 sprinter in the nation that year.  She is a graduate of the Howard School of Academics Technology in Chattanooga, Tenn., where she raced to nine team and individual TSSAA State Championship titles.

Also traveling to Columbia from the east coast is Kwadarrius Smith (Edgewater HS), who joins the Tigers from Orlando, Fl.  Smith was the 2013 FHSAA State Champion in the 100-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay.  He also placed third in the 200-meter dash, and was 2013 First Team Elite for the 100-meter and 200-meter, according to MileSplit.

Assistant Coach Carjay Lyles, who heads up the sprints, hurdles, and horizontal jumps group, also reached into the Caribbean for a trio of exciting young sprinters from the islands of Trinidad & Tobago and Jamaica.  First up is Tsai-Anne Joseph, who arrives in Columbia from St. Augustine.  She was a two-time CARIFTA (Caribbean Free Trade Association) Games Silver Medalist, representing her home country in the 4x100-meter (45.32) and 4x400-meter (3:46.11) relays.  Joseph also competed at the 2012-14 Trinidad & Tobago Junior Championships in the 200-meter dash, and the 2012 and 2014 Junior Championships in the 100-meter dash.

Rounding out the sprints and jumps groups is another Trinidad & Tobago native, Jonathan Holder.  The 2012 Trinidad & Tobago Junior Champion in the 100-meter dash (10.62), Holder also qualified for the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships, representing his country as part of the third-place 4x100-meter relay team (40.01), and placed fourth as an individual in the 100-meter dash (10.73).  He also qualified for three CARIFTA Games (2009-11), earning silver medals in the 200-meter dash (2009) and 4x100-meter relay (2010-11), and bronze medals in the 100-meter dash (2009) and 4x400-meter relay (2010).  Holder was also a 2012 CACAC Junior Championships qualifier, finishing third in the 4x100-meter relay.

Moving now to the Northwest, a bit further into the Caribbean, is the home of Jamaica-native, Sandrae Farquharson.  Coming to Mizzou from Doane College (Crete, Neb.), Farquharson will continue to call herself a Tiger after an impressive two years on the NAIA level.  In only four seasons, she stacked up eight NAIA All-American honors in the 400-meters, 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays, and seven Conference Championship titles.  

Prior to her time at Doane, Farquharson spent a year in NYC at Medgar Evers College Prep where she tallied up two NYSPHSAA Championship titles and a New Balance Outdoor Nationals title in the 4x100-meter relay (2011).  She also has significant international experience with a second-place finish at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships (4x400-meter relay), two CARIFTA Gold Medals (4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays) and a silver medal (400-meter dash).

Jumps Group Adds Depth With a National Leader

Lyles is continuing to build a depth in his long and triple jump groups with one of the top young jumpers in the country, John Warren, Jr.  Hailing from Prince George, Va., Warren is the 2014 high school leader for the indoor triple jump and placed fourth at the USATF Junior Outdoor Championships.  His PR from the indoor season, 51-3, was good to qualify him for the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Ore., his first international competition in the red, white, and blue.  He is the 2014 New Balance Outdoor Nationals Champion in the triple jump, and owns state titles in the event from Virginia, Kansas, and Texas.

Assistant Coach Dan Lefever is looking to continue the momentum from the 2014 outdoor season, which saw four of his pole vault and high jump athletes advance to the NCAA Championship Finals, with the addition of three in-state talents.  Luke Darrough is a local talent out of Rock Bridge HS who closed his prep career with his first MSHSAA State Title in pole vault.  

Joining him are two women, Taylor Cofield (Kansas City, Mo.) and Bri Gibbs (Knob Noster, Mo.) who will look to add to the talented women's squad in the pole vault.  Gibbs, a Knob Noster HS grad, is a three-time MSHSAA Track & Field Championships qualifier, including finishing fifth in the pole vault in 2013.

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Philadelphia, Penn.
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Atlanta, Ga.
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Jamie Kempfer
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Madison Waymire
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Throws
Hometown:  Lee's Summit, Mo.   |   Parents:  Bobby & Cynthia Carter
High School:  Lee's Summit West HS   |   Coach:  Bob Klausing

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2014 MSHSAA Class 4 Track & Field Champion in the shot put
  - 2014 MSHSAA Class 4 Track & Field Championships ninth-place in the discus
  - Lee's Summit West School Record Holder 

Academic Accomplishments
  - Principal's Honor Roll 

Personal Bests
  Shot Put - 60-4.5   |   Discus - 160-8

Chose Mizzou over...Arkansas

Coach Krishna Lee - "Avery is the second of Lee's Summit West's school record holders to become a Tiger.  We are very excited about what Avery brings to the table as a thrower, and for everything he has yet to accomplish.  In addition to being a talented thrower, he is a talented student and a great young man.  He will add a lot of depth to our throwing program."

 

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Pole Vault
Hometown:  Kansas City, Mo.   
High School:  Park Hill Senior HS   |   Coach:  Tari Garner

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2014 KC Suburban Red Conference runner-up in the pole vault

Personal Bests
  Pole Vault - 10-6

Coach Dan Lefever - "Taylor is an exceptional person.  She is motivated and passionate about being a success in everything she does.  She has big dreams academically and athletically at Mizzou, and is a perfect fit for us.  I am excited to add her to the team and am looking forward to getting her on campus."

 

 

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Distance  |  Cross Country
Hometown:  Columbia, Mo.   |   Parents:  Lori & Kent Cook
High School:  Rock Bridge HS   |   Coaches:  Neal Blackburn & Patrick Sasser 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2014 MSHSAA Track & Field fourth in the 3200m, ninth in the 1600m
  - 2013 MSHSAA Cross Country Championship ninth
  - 2012 MSHSAA Cross Country Championship team runner-up
  - 2012 MSHSAA Track & Field All-State in the 4x800m
  - 2011 MSHSAA Cross Country Team Champions
  - 2010 MSHSAA Cross Country Championship team runner-up

Academic Accomplishments
  - National Honor Society
  - Student Council Representative
  - Senior Mentor Officer

Personal Bests
  800m - 1:58.40   |   1600m - 4:19.36   |   3200m - 9:16.51   |   5000m (XC) - 15:49.75

Chose Mizzou over...Kansas, UMKC, Drake, Nebraska

 

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Pole Vault
Hometown:  Columbia, Mo.  
High School:  Rock Bridge HS  

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2014 MSHSAA Track & Field Champion in the pole vault

Personal Bests
  Pole Vault - 15-0

Coach Dan Lefever - "Luke is the Missouri State Champion in the pole vault from a great program at Rock Bridge High School.  He has a lot of talent in the pole vault, and with the right work ethic and continued pursuit of excellence he will turn into a great vaulter at the collegiate level.  It's always nice to keep Missouri kids close to home and represent the state.  We're looking forward to some great performances down the road from him."

 

 



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Sprints
Hometown:  St. Elizabeth, Jamaica  
High School:  Medgar Evers College Prep   
Previous School:  Doane College 

Athletic Accomplishments (Doane College)
  - Eight-time NAIA All-American
  - Seven-time Conference Champion
  - 2014 NAIA Outdoor National Championships, fourth in the 4x400m, fifth in the 4x400m, seventh in the 4x100m
  - 2014 GPAC Outdoor Champion in the 200m, 400m, 4x100m, 4x400m
  - 2014 NAIA Indoor National Championships, seventh-place in the 400m
  - 2014 GPAC Indoor Champion in the 400m, runner-up in the 200m
  - 2013 NAIA Outdoor Championships, runner-up in the 4x400m, third in the 400m
  - 2013 GPAC Outdoor Champion in the 400m
  - 2013 NAIA Indoor Championships, fourth in the 400m, fourth in the 4x400m
  - 2013 GPAC Indoor Champion in the 400m, runner-up in the 200m
  - Doane College Record Holder for 200m, 400m
  - GPAC Record Holder for the indoor 400m 

Athletic Accomplishments (Medgar Evers College Prep & Jamaica)
  - 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships runner-up in the 4x400m
  - 2012 New Balance Indoor Nationals, sixth in the 200m
  - 2011 PSAL City Champion in the 300m
  - 2011 New Balance Collegiate Invitational Champion in the 300m
  - 2011 New Balance Outdoor Nationals Champion in the 4x100m
  - 2011 NYSPHSAA State Champion in the 400m, 4x400m
  - 2009 IAAF World Youth Championships semi-finalist in the 400m
  - 2008 CARIFTA Games Champion in the 4x100m and 4x400m, runner-up in the 400m
  - New York State HS indoor record holder for the 4x400m

Personal Bests
  100m - 11.67   |   200m - 23.78   |   300m - 38.10   |   400m - 53.55   |   500m - 1:13

Coach Carjay Lyles - "Sandrae has had an amazing prep career culminating with a World Junior Silver Medal.  She is one of the most driven and focused athletes I have ever met and is determined to reach her full potential.  It's rewarding to have her in a black and gold uniform and I know that she will represent us on a national level these next couple of years.  She's extremely talented and has competed on a world stage.  She has the intangibles that great athletes have, and that will take her far.  She has an amazing personality and will bring a dynamic to our team that is electrifying."

 

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Sprints   |   Hurdles   |   Jumps
Hometown:  Lithonia, Ga. 
High School:  Chamblee HS   
Previous School:  Georgia Southern University 

Athletic Accomplishments (Georgia Southern University)
  - 2014 NCAA East Preliminary Round qualifier
  - 2014 Southen Conference Outdoor Champion in the 4x100m, fourth in the 100m, fourth in the 100m hurdles
  -  2014 Southern Conference Indoor Championships runner-up in the 60m hurdles
  - 2013 Southern Conference Outdoor Champion in the 4x100m, fourth in the 100m, fourth in the long jump
  - 2013 Southern Conference Indoor Champion in the long jump

Athletic Accomplishments (Chamblee HS)
  - 2012 GHSA State Championships, fourth in the 200m, seventh in the 100m, seventh in the long jump
  - 2011 GHSA State Championships, third in the long jump
  - 2010 GHSA State Championships runner-up in the 300m hurdles

Personal Bests
  60m - 7.65   |   100m - 11.96   |   200m - 24.37   |  100m Hurdles - 14.05   |   400m Hurdles - 1:00.38   |   Long Jump - 19-5

Coach Carjay Lyles - "Having an athlete as versatile as Alyssa in our program will help us tremendously in multiple areas.  She comes to us with the ability to develop into a major team contributor in multiple event areas and will help our scoring opportunities at a conference and national level.  I am pleased that she considered Mizzou when deciding where to finish her degree, and we become a more well-rounded and balancd program because of her."

 

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Throws
Hometown:  Jefferson City, Mo.   |   Parents:  Matt & Brenda Fife
High School:  Helias Catholic HS   |   Coaches:  Chip Malmstrom, Mark Ordway, Mike Riley 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2013 MSHSAA Class 3 State Champion in the shot put
  - 2012 MSHSAA Class 3 All-State in the discus (second) and shot put (third)
  - Two-time District Champion in the shot put
  - Helias Catholic HS Record Holder in the shot put and discus

Personal Bests
  Shot Put - 58-1   |   Discus - 178-0

Coach Brett Halter - "Will is a long-time camper.  It has been thrilling for me to watch his development over the years.  I believe he will become a multiple-event thrower - he is strong in the shot and discus - and I believe he will be a quick study in the hammer throw, as well."

 

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Jumps
Hometown:  Sedalia, Mo.  
High School:  Knob Noster HS 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2014 MSHSAA Track & Field Championships qualifier in the 200m
  - 2013 MSHSAA Track & Field Championships, fifth in the pole vault
  - 2012 MSHSAA Track & Field Championships qualifier in the pole vault

Personal Bests
  Pole Vault - 10-0

Coach Dan Lefever - "Bri is an extremely motivated and dedicated individual.  She is excited at the number of opportunities and the resources we have at Mizzou to chase her dream of becoming a great vaulter.  I am excited at her commitment and the work ethic she will bring to the vault group and the team as a whole."

 

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Sprints
Hometown:  Philadelphia, Penn.   |   Mother:  Charlene Griffin
High School:  Cheltenham HS   |   Coaches:  Dr. Beale & Chris Johnson
Previous School:  Penn State University 

Athletic Accomplishments (Penn State University)
  - 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships qualifier in the 4x400m (14th)
  - 2013 NCAA East Preliminary Round, third in the 4x400m
  - 2013 Big Ten Indoor Champion in the DMR, third in the 4x400m
  - 2012 NCAA Indoor Championships runner-up in the 4x400m
  - Collegiate Indoor Record Holder for the 4x200m

Athletic Accomplishments (Cheltenham HS)
  - 2011 PIAA Outdoor Track & Field Champion in the 400m, runner-up in the 200m
  - 2011 PTFCA Indoor State Champion in the 200m, 400m
  - 2010 New Balance Nationals runner-up in the 4x400m
  - 2010 PIAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships runner-up in the 400m
  - 2010 PTFCA Indoor Track & Field Championships runner-up in the 400m, third in 200m

Personal Bests
  60m - 7.02   |   100m - 10.82   |   200m - 21.42   |   400m - 47.46

Coach Carjay Lyles - "Matt is a mature athlete and will bring the necessary leadership to the longer sprints.  He knows what he wants and with his work ethic he will help us continue to build our sprints program at Mizzou.  He's a leader and with his talents will help the program continue to evolve and reach the goals set by Coach Halter.  He's very talented and I'm looking forward to his development into one of the best performers in Mizzou history in his respective events."

 

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Sprints
Hometown:  Trinidad & Tobago   
Team:  Concorde Athletic Club  

Athletic Accomplishments
  - CARIFTA Games Silver Medalist
  - Trinidad & Tobago Junior Champion in 100m
  - Trinidad & Tobago Junior Championships runner-up in the 200m 

Personal Bests
  100m - 10.47   |   200m - 21.36

Coach Carjay Lyles - "Jonathan will be a great addition to the sprint group here at Mizzou.  He has international experience and is capable of competing at a high level.  That experience will help him on the NCAA level.  I absolutely expect him to have the ability to compete for titles here at Mizzou.  He is an extremely fearless athlete who will continue to develop into one of the nation's best.  He's got the right mentality and work ethic to be very successful in our sport and he will represent the black and gold at a high level for years to come!"

 

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Sprints
Hometown:  Chattanooga, Tenn.   |   Parents:  Anthony Jackson & Sandra Trammell
High School:  Howard School of Academics Technology   
Previous School:  San Diego State University 

Athletic Accomplishments (San Diego State University)
  - Three-time Mountain West Conference Champion in the 100m, 200m, 4x400m (2013)
  - 2013 NCAA West Preliminary Round qualifier in the 100m, 200m

Athletic Accomplishments (Howard School of Academics Technology)
  - Nine-time TSSAA State Champion (individual and team) 
  - 2011 Tennessee State Gatorade Athlete of the Year
  - 2011 No. 2 sprinter in the nation
  - 2011 AAU National runner-up in the 100m
  - 2011 TSSAA State Track & Field Champion in the 100m
  - 2011 TSSAA State Track & Field Championships runner-up in the pentathlon 
  - 2010 TSSAA State Track & Field Champion in the 100m, 200m
  - 2010 TSSAA State Track & Field Championships third-place in the pentathlon
  - 2009 TSSAA State Track & Field Champion in the 100m, 200m 
  - 2009 TSSAA State Track & Field Team Champions 

Personal Bests
  100m - 11.58 (11.31w)   |   200m - 23.23   |   400m - 52.96

Coach Carjay Lyles - "I've had the opportunity to recruit and coach LaQuisha for the past few years.  She is a phenomenal athlete who will compete for many titles in a Mizzou uniform on both the conference and national levels.  On top of being a great athlete, she is an even better person!  She is well-grounded and humble, but has a warrior-like instinct in the midst of competition.  I am very optimistic about her future.  I know she has what it takes to help propel our women sprint program to being the best in the country.  She is an instant game changer and Mizzou is blessed to have her." 

 

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Throws
Hometown:  Bloomington, Ill.   |   Parents:  Apra Jacobs & Lester Hamilton
High School:  Normal University HS 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2014 IHSA Track & Field Champion in the discus, third in the shot put
  - 2013 IHSA Track & Field Championships runner-up in the shot put, third in the discus
  - 2012 IHSA Track & Field Championships runner-up in the shot put, third in the discus

Personal Bests
  Shot Put - 44-7   |   Discus - 145-8

Chose Mizzou over...Illinois State, Indiana State, Wisconsin, Oregon State

Coach Krishna Lee - "Gabi is going to be a great addition to our women's throws group.  Her impressive athletic talent, paired with her positive attitude and the electric energy she brings to the sport and those around her, makes her exactly the type of person and athlete we are looking for to help propel our program to the top.  I'm very excited to see her competing in the black and gold for the Tigers."

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Sprints
Hometown:  St. Augustine, Trinidad & Tobago

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2014 CARIFTA Games Silver Medalist in the 4x100m and 4x400m
  - 2014 Trinidad & Tobago Junior Championships semi-finalist in the 100m (7th) and 200m (7th)
  - 2013 Trinidad & Tobago Junior Championships finalist in the 200m (4th)
  - 2012 Trinidad & Tobago Junior Championships finalist in the 100m (4th) and 200m (4th)

Personal Bests
100m - 11.75   |   200m - 24:10   |   400m - 55.70

Coach Carjay Lyles - "Tsai-Anne is another great addition to our sprints core here at Mizzou.  She rounds out a great class that will help give us a sprints presence at the conference and national level.  She has tremendous upside and has the ability to represent Mizzou on a major level in the coming years.  Having come from the same training club as fellow signee Jonathan Holder, she has all the intangibles instilled in her to step up big for us and I expect her to have a great career here at Mizzou!"

 

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Hurdles
Hometown:  Atlanta, Ga.   |   Mother:  Loretta Johnson-Crump
High School:  Campbell HS   
Previous School:  University of Houston 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - Four-time All-American hurdler (2010-2013)
  - Two-time Junior Olympics Champion in the 4x400m (2011, 2013)
  - 2012 New Balance Nationals finalist 

Personal Bests
  110m Hurdles - 14.34   |   400m Hurdles - 52.61

Coach Carjay Lyles - "Dante will add depth to our hudles group.  I expect him to compete well for us on a conference level.  He has the tools necessary to run really well, and I think he will have a successful career here at Mizzou.  I'm grateful he chose Mizzou for his college experience, and we are a better program because of it.  Dante comes from a 'track' family and he knows what it takes to be good in this sport.  He is a hard worker who will turn heads in the years to come."

 

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Distance
Hometown:  Richmond Hill, NY  
High School:  Fiorello H. LaGuardia HS   

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2014 NYSPHSAA Outdoor Championships qualifier for 3200m
  - 2014 PSAL Outdoor City Champion in the 3200m, fourth in the 1600m
  - 2014 PSAL Indoor City Championships, third in the 3200m, fifth in the 1600m 

Personal Bests
  1600m - 4:24.22   |   3200m - 9:26.57

Coach Shaylee Marr - "We are very excited to have Pat join the Tigers next year!  Pat has come on very strong during his senior, and has a very bright future.  The best is still to come!" 

 

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Distance   |   Cross Country
Hometown:  Festus, Mo.   |   Parents:  Liz & Darren Kempfer
High School:  Festus HS   |   Coaches:  Bryant Wright & John Crites 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2014 MSHSAA Track & Field Championships runner-up in the 1600m and 3200m, fourth in the 800m
  - 19th at the 2013 Nike Cross Nationals
  - Runner-up at the 2013 Nike Midwest Regional
  - 2013 MSHSAA Cross Country Championships runner-up
  - 2013 MSHSAA Cross Country Championships team runner-up
  - 2012 MSHSAA Track & Field All-State in the 4x800m (second), 1600m (seventh), and 3200m (third)
  - 2012 MSHSAA Cross Country All-State
  - 2012 MSHSAA Cross Country Championship team runner-up 
  - 2011 MSHSAA State Champion in the 4x800m
  - 2011 MSHSAA Track & Field Championships team runner-up

Academic Accomplishments
  - Top 4% of graduating class
  - Student Council Class Treasurer
  - National Honor Society

Personal Bests
  800m - 2:16.81   |   1600m - 4:49.27   |   3200m - 10:21.74   |   5000m (XC) - 17:58.50

Chose Mizzou over...Tulsa, UMKC

 

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Sprints
Hometown:  Philadelphia, Penn.   |   Parents:  Valdis and Tammie Mathis
High School:  Swenson Arts & Technology HS   |   Coaches:  Deworski Odem, Dean Lent, & Tim Hickey 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2013 New Balance Outdoor Nationals runner-up in the 200m
  - 2013 New Balance Outdoor Nationals fourth-place in the 400m
  - 2013 PIAA Outdoor Championships fourth-place in the 400m
  - 2013 Millrose Games runner-up in the 55m
  - 2013 PTFCA Indoor Championships Champion in the 60m and 200m
  - 2012 PIAA Outdoor Championships fourth-place in the 100m
  - 2012 PIAA Outdoor State Championships seventh-place in the 200m
  - 2012 PTFCA Indoor Championships runner-up in the 600m
  - Three-time Philadelphia Public League Champion
  - Five-time District 12 Champion
  - Swenson Arts & Technology HS Record Holder in the 55m, 60m, 100m, 200m, and 300m

Personal Bests
  60m - 6.85   |   100m - 10.60   |   200m - 21.60   |   400m - 48.58

Coach Carjay Lyles - "Niager is another addition to an already talented sprint group.  He has great range and we will look to develop him into a major contributor on our team.  He is a great guy and another fearless competitor.  We're lucky to have Niager as a part of the Mizzou Track Family!"

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Distance   |   Cross Country
Hometown:  Columbia, Mo.   |   Parents:  Eric & Annette Schulte
High School:  Rock Bridge HS   |   Coach:  Neil Blackburn 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2014 MSHSAA Track & Field Championships, third in the 3200m, fifth in the 1600m
  - 2013 Nike Cross Nationals qualifier (60th)
  - 2013 Nike Midwest Regional fourth-place
  - 2013 MSHSAA Cross Country Championships fourth-place
  - 2013 MSHSAA Track & Field Championships seventh-place in the 3200m
  - 2012 MSHSAA Cross Country Championships fifth-place
  - 2011 MSHSAA Cross Country Championships 20th-place
  - 2011 MSHSAA Cross Country Team Champions

Academic Accomplishments
  - National Honor Society
  - Honor Roll every semester

Personal Bests
  1600m - 4:18.62   |   3200m - 9:13.76   |   5000m (XC) - 15:18.73

Chose Mizzou over...Arkansas, Illinois, UMKC

 

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Distance   |   Cross Country
Hometown:  Urbandale, Ia.   |   Parents:  Mike & Kathy Schweizer
High School:  Dowling Catholic HS   |   Coaches:  Fr. James Kirby, Kelly Parriott, & Larry Weier 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2014 IAHSAA Track & Field Championships runner-up in the 3000m, third in the 1500m, fourth in the 800m
  - 2013 Nike Cross National qualifier (47th)
  - 2013 Nike Heartland Regional fourth-place
  - 2013 Footlocker Midwest Regional 15th-place
  - Three-time IAHSAA Cross Country Team Champions (2010, 2011, 2013)
  - 2013 IAHSAA Cross Country Championships runner-up
  - 2013 USATF Junior Track & Field Championships, eighth in the 1500m
  - 2013 IAHSAA Track & Field Championships runner-up in the 3000m, 1500m, and 800m DMR
  - 2012 Nike Heartland Regional 16th-place
  - 2012 IAHSAA Cross Country Championships third-place
  - 2012 IAHSAA Track & Field Championships runner-up in the 1500m, and third-place in the 3000m
  - 2011 Nike Heartland Regional 11th-place
  - 2011 IAHSAA Cross Country Championships seventh-place
  - 2011 IAHSAA Track & Field Championships Champion in the 3000m, third in the 1500m and 800m
  - 2010 Nike Heartland Regional ninth-place
  - 2010 IAHSAA Cross Country Championships fifth-place
  - 2010 Nike Heartland Regional team runner-up

Personal Bests
  800m - 2:12.25   |   1500m - 4:34.83   |   3000m - 9:54.54   |   4000m (XC) - 14:07  |  5000m (XC) - 17:51.40

Chose Mizzou over...Iowa State, Kansas, Illinois State

 

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Sprints
Hometown:  Orlando, Fl.   |   Parents:  Dayne & Stephanie Williams
High School:  First Academy Orlando   |   Coach:  Ricky Argo 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2013 FHSAA 1A State Champion in the 100m and 4x100m
  - 2013 FHSAA 1A State Championships third-place in the 200m
  - U.S. First Team Elite in the 100m and 200m
  - U.S. Second Team Elite in the long jump and 4x100m
  - Varsity Football: All-State Cornerback and 3A Player of the Year

Academic Accomplishments
  - Poetry Out Loud Finalist
  - National Honor Society

Personal Bests
  100m - 10.39   |   200m - 21.22   |   400m - 48.25   |   Long Jump - 23-7

Chose Mizzou over...Akron, Stanford, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Bowling Green, Vanderbilt

Coach Carjay Lyles - "Kwadarrius Smith will help with the depth to our sprints core.  His athletic ability and fearlessness on the track is something that will help our sprint core as we continue to grow that area out and put us in position to challenge for titles.  He's a great kid with a great story and I'm excited about his future here at Mizzou!" 

 

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Distance   |   Cross Country
Hometown:  Nixa, Mo.   |   Parents:  William & Carol Stephen
High School:  Nixa HS   |   Coaches:  Lance Brumley & Eric Chaves 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2014 MSHSAA Class 4 Track & Field Championships, sixth in the 800m
  - 2013 MSHSAA Class 4 10th-place in the 800m
  - 2013 MSHSAA Class 4 Cross Country Championships qualifier

Academic Accomplishments
  - Top 1% of graduating class
  - National Honor Society

Personal Bests
  800m - 1:54.95   |   1500m - 4:07.57   |   1600m - 4:25.17   |   5000m (XC) - 16:26

Chose Mizzou over...SBU, Pittsburg State, UMKC, Central Missouri

 

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Horizontal Jumps
Hometown:  Prince George, Va.   |   Parents:  John & Amanda Warren
High School:  Prince George HS 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - Represented the U.S. at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships in the triple jump
  - Was the 2014 indoor HS national leader in the triple jump
  - Was the 2014 indoor No. 8 nationally for high school in the long jump
  - No. 5 high school mark in the nation during the outdoor season
  - Holds the No. 8 All-Time mark for the indoor triple jump
  - 2014 New Balance Outdoor Nationals Champion in the triple jump
  - 2014 VA 5A Champion in the triple jump
  - 2013 New Balance Outdoor Nationals third-place in the triple jump
  - 2013 KSHSAA 5A Track & Field Championships Champion in the triple jump
  - 2013 KSHSAA 5A Track & Field Championships runner-up in the long jump
  - 2013 Kansas Relays third-place in the triple jump
  - 2012 UIL 4A Track & Field Championships Champion in the triple jump
  - 2011 UIL 4A Track & Field Championships runner-up in the triple jump

Personal Bests
  Triple Jump - 51-3   |   Long Jump - 23-5.5

Coach Carjay Lyles - "John is a phenomenal athlete and a rare talent who will be an immediate impact on the conference and national scene.  He is a gamer, a big-meet performer, and a class act who will add depth to our jump crew here.  He has a great family and a great understanding of the things it takes to be great.  I'm looking forward to his next four years as a Mizzou Tiger!"

 

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Distance   |   Cross Country
Hometown:  Grimes, Ia.   |   Parents:  Pat & Lori Waymire
High School:  Dallas Center-Grimes Community HS   |   Coaches:  Justin Droppert, Rich & Michael Kloster 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - Four-time IAHSAA All-State in Cross Country
  - Twelve-time IAHSAA All-State in Track & Field
  - 2014 IAHSAA Track & Field Championships, third in the 1500m, fourth in the 3000m and 800m
  - 2013 IAHSAA Track & Field Championships runner-up in the 800m, seventh in the 1500m, fourth in the 3000m
  - 2013 IAHSAA Cross Country Championships, sixth
  - 2012 IAHSAA Track & Field Champion in the 800m
  - 2012 IAHSAA Track & Field Championships runner-up in the 1500m and 3000m
  - 2012 IAHSAA Cross Country Championships, fourth
  - 2011 IAHSAA Track & Field Champion in the 800m
  - 2011 IAHSAA Track & Field Championships runner-up in the 1500m and 3000m
  - 2011 IAHSAA Cross Country Championships, fourth
  - 2010 IAHSAA Cross Country Championships, 14th 

Academic Accomplishments
  - National Honor Society
  - Seven-time Academic All-Conference

Personal Bests
  800m - 2:14.84   |   1500m - 4:42.79   |   3000m - 10:06.11   |   4000m (XC) - 13:33   |   5000m (XC) - 19:24

Chose Mizzou over...Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Boise State

 

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Throws
Hometown:  Herculaneum, Mo.   |   Mother:  Susan Weidner
High School:  Festus HS   |   Coaches:  Crites & Ludwig 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2014 MSHSAA Class 3 Championships, fifth in the shot put
  - 2013 MSHSAA Class 3 Champion in the shot put
  - 2012 MSHSAA Class 3 Championships, 10th in the shot put
  - Two-time Festus School Distict Character Athlete Award recipient (2011, 2013)

Academic Accomplishments
  - A+ Program
  - Four-time Scholar-Athlete Award

Personal Bests
  Shot Put - 46-3   |   Discus - 126-7

Coach Brett Halter - "Sarah has focused mostly on softball during the better part of her high school career.  She experienced some terrific success in the shot put last season and has found the track and field 'bug'.  Sarah has a great upside with an excellent athletic background developed through years of hard work on the softball field.  I expect her to be a contributor to the program in both the shot put and hammer throw." 

 

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Distance   |   Cross Country
Hometown:  Scottsbluff, Neb.   |   Parents:  Richard Teff & Carol (Rick) Willis
High School:  Scottsbluff HS   |   Coaches:  Jim Barker, Aaron Carrizales, & Shelby Aaberg 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - Three-time NSAA Class B Cross Country Team Champions (2010, 2011, 2013)
  - 2014 NSAA Class B Track & Field Championships, fifth in the 800m
  - 2013 NSAA Class B Champion in the 4x800m
  - 2013 NSAA Cross Country Championships (12th)
  - 2012 NSAA Class B Track & Field Team Champions

Academic Accomplishments
  - 2013 National DECA Team Finalist
  - Senior Class President

Personal Bests
  800m - 1:56.57   |   5000m (XC) - 16:21.97

 

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Distance   |   Cross Country
Hometown:  North Liberty, Ia.   |   Parents:  DeeAnn McClanahan & Travis Yokom
High School:  Iowa City West HS   |   Coaches:  Mike Parker & Peggy McGuire 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - 2013 IAHSAA 4A Cross Country Championships fifth-place
  - 2013 IAHSAA 4A Track & Field Championships sixth-place in the 3000m
  - 2012 IAHSAA 4A Cross Country Championships runner-up
  - 2012 IAHSAA 4A Track & Field Championshps sixth-place in the 3000m
  - 2012 IAHSAA 4A Track & Field Championships third-place in the 1500m

Personal Bests
  1500m - 4:45.32   |   3000m - 10:09.59   |   4000m (XC) - 13:57   |   5000m (XC) - 17:26

Chose Mizzou over...Illinois State, Kansas State, Iowa State, Iowa

 

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Throws
Hometown:  Topeka, Kan.   |   Parents:  Cathy Berry & Alex Zerbe
High School:  Mission Valley HS   |   Coaches:  Drew Steffen & Cody Witte 

Athletic Accomplishments
  - Three-time KSHSAA State Champion in the javelin
  - 2014 KSHSAA Track & Field Champion in the javelin
  - 2013 KSHSAA Track & Field Champion in the javelin
  - 2013 Kansas Relays runner-up in the javelin
  - 2012 KSHSAA Track & Field Championships third-place in the javelin
  - 2012 Kansas Relays fifth-place in the javelin
  - 2011 KSHSAA Track & Field Champion in the javelin 
  - Mission Valley HS Record Holder in the javelin

Academic Accomplishments
  - Class Secretary (four years)
  - Four-time All-Academic
  - Kay's Member (four years)
  - Kay's Officer (one year)
  - FCA member (four years)
  - FCCLA member (four years)
  - FFA member (three years)
  - Big Brother Big Sister (four years)
  - Letterman's Club (four years)
  - Letterman's Club Secretary (one year)

Personal Best
  Javelin - 151-1

Chose Mizzou over...Kansas, Kansas State, Arkansas, Kentucky, Wichita State

Coach Brett Halter - "Ally is a well-rounded athlete with a diverse sport background.  She has been very consistent in her throwing over the last couple of years.  Ally fits and understands our Tiger Tough Mindset.  As good of an athlete and thrower that Ally is - she is a better person.  I am looking forward to the next several years with her lining up for the Tigers in the javelin." 

 

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