Bears Finalize 2010 Recruiting Class for Track and Field/Cross Country



SPRINGFIELD - Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Ronald Boyce has announced the addition of 23 athletes for the upcoming 2010-11 cross country and track and field seasons, marking one of the largest recruiting classes ever to come to Missouri State. The deep and talented group includes 11 all-State honorees, five state champions and an all-American.

The 23 newcomers will provide needed depth, and immediate contributions, to Bears teams as they try to claw their way back to the top of the Missouri Valley Conference. Multiple harriers will compete for both head coach Greg Hipp's cross country squad and head coach Ronald Boyce's track and field group.

"We think this incoming class is a very talented class," Boyce said. "More than anything, we were able to cover every spectrum of track and field, from distance to sprints to throws, so I think we did a good job."

2010 Newcomers

Emily Argotsinger (Lee's Summit, Mo., Lee's Summit West High School)

-Argotsinger earned 2009 and 2010 all-State honors, as well as all-American distinction as part of coach Jesse Griffin's strong middle distance relay squad at Lee's Summit West High School. That 2009 relay success included a sixth place finish in the 4xOne-Mile relay at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. and a fourth place finish in the 4x800-meter relay at the 4A State Track and Field Championship. Her 4x800-meter relay teams also placed second at the 4A meet in 2008, fourth in 2010 and were state champions in 2007. Individually Argotsinger was one of the state's top 800-meter runners placing 11th at the 2009 state championship after qualifying for the state meet with a personal best 2:18.75 at her sectional championship. In cross country Argotsinger has been part of one of the state's most dominant programs contributing to 4A team championships in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

Personal Bests: 2:18.75 (800-meters)

Theresa Brokaw (Stronghurst, Ill., West Central High School / U. of Illinois)

-Brokaw comes to Missouri State as a graduate student after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois. At Illinois, Brokaw twice competed at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. On the track, Brokaw set her personal best in the 3000-meter run at the 2010 BigTen Championship (10:03). Brokaw's top 5,000-meter and 10,000-meter performance also came in 2010, running 17:33 at the Stan Lyons Invitational and 36:41 at the BigTen Championship, respectively.

Personal Bests: 4:33 (1500-meters), 10:03 (3,000-meters), 17:33 (5,000-meters), 36:41 (10,000-meters).

Jessica Dantin (Wildwood, Mo, Lafayette High School)

- Dantin placed 11th at the 2010 MSHSAA 4A state meet in both the discus and shot put. She also was the Suburban West Conference champion in those events.

Personal Bests / Achievements: 127-6 (Discus), 36-06 (Shot Put)

Reaux Daughtery (Liberty, Mo., Liberty High School)

Personal Bests / Accomplishments: 26.01 (200-meters), 58.2 (400-meters)

Alyx Dull (Clinton, Mo., Clinton High School)

- A year after coming away from the 2009 3A State Track and Field Championship with runner-up honors in the 100-meters, Dull placed fourth in the 100-meters and seventh in the 200-meters in 2010. In the 2009 state final, Dull posted a career-best performance 12.04-second. In the state meet preliminary round, Dull posted a 12.18-second performance, and at her sectional meet she took second with a 12.40-second performance. During the 2008 season, Dull took 10th at the state championship in the 100-meters. At her 2008 district meet, Dull posted her career-best 200-meter performance with a 25.90-second (hand time) run. Dull's top electronic timed 200-meter performance came at the 2009 District 7 meet (26.33). At Clinton High School, Dull has been coached by Clint and Karen Sanders, whose daughter and son (Ashley, '06 and Ty, '09) competed for MSU. At Clinton, Dull was a teammate of fellow 2010 MSU signee Sierra Jenkins.

Personal Bests: 12.04 (100-meters), 25.12 (200-meters)

Erin Edwards (Kansas City, Mo., Raytown South High School)

-A three time Class 4 all-State cross country selection (2007, 2008 and 2009) Edwards comes to Missouri State from coach Sean Nunns' Raytown-South High School program. Edwards also earned all-KC Mid-6 Conference honors each of her four years. On the track Edwards has been one of Missouri's top 3,200-meters runners each of the past two seasons finishing 10th in 2008 and ninth in 2009 at the 4A state championship. She ran to the 2007 KC Mid-6 Conference 3,200-meter individual title and was third in 2009 with her personal best 11:02.80 for the distance. In addition to her success on the track Edwards is ranked first in her class academically. Edwards sat out the 2010 track and field season due to a foot injury.

Personal Bests: 11:02.80 (3,200-meters), 19:17 (5K cross country)

Megan Fox (Raymore, Mo., Raymore-Peculiar High School)

Personal Bests / Accomplishments: 5:32.77 (1,600-meters), 12:16.42 (3,200-meters), 20:00.74 (5000-meters cross country).

Meagen Good (Huntington Beach, Calif., Huntington Beach High School)

-Good was a two-time CIF finalists, both in discus and shot put, for Kim Clark's Huntington Beach High School squad. As a junior, Good was the team captain and was named to second team all-league. Her performance in the throws earned her the team's Field Most Valuable Player award. She won the 2009 San Clemente Invitational shot put event with a throw of 33.5. Good established her discus personal best at the Sea View League finals, throwing 123.10 feet and earning a second place finish. She also finished second at the league finals in 2007, also in the discus. Good will also play field hockey for head coach Dawn Callahan's Bears.

Personal Bests: 123'10 (discus), 37'10 (shot put)

Sierra Hawkins (Lee's Summit, Mo., Lee's Summit North High School)

-Hawkins earned all-state honors in three events at the 2009 MSHSAA Class 4 State Championship. In her specialty event, the 300-meter hurdles, Hawkins took runner-up honors with a performance of 45.23. She also took all-state honors as part of Lee's Summit North's 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter relay squads. At her 2009 sectional meet, Hawkins set her personal best for 300-meter hurdles, running in 44.59 seconds. A well-rounded sprinter, Hawkins also has personal bests of 7.37 for 55-meters, 25.62 for 200-meters and a 57.75-second personal best in the 400-meters that she set at the 2009 AAU Junior Olympics. Sierra was coached by Colby Matthews and was teammates with fellow 2010 MSU signee Veronica Rollins at Lee's Summit North.

Personal Bests: 7.37 (55-meters), 12.40 (100-meters), 25.62 (200-meters), 57.75 (400-meters), 44.59 (300-meter Hurdles)

Mikiesha Hayes (Raymore, Mo., Raymore-Peculiar High School)

-Hayes placed ninth at the Class 4 MSHSAA State Championship in the 100-meter hurdles.

Personal Bests / Accomplishments: 15.74 (100-meter Hurdles), 47.95 (300-meter Hurdles)

Lisa Imgrund (Shawnee Mission, Kan., Shawnee Mission Northwest High School)

-A three-time all-State selection in the Kansas 6A class Imgrund will join the Lady Bears after a successful high school career under legendary coach Van Rose at Shawnee Mission Northwest High School. In cross country Imgrund boasts state meet finishes of sixth in 2009, fourth in 2008 and third in 2007. On the track at the state level, Imgrund was the Kansas runner-up for 3,200-meters in 2009 and fifth in the 1,600-meters. In 2010, Imgrund was third in the 3,200m (10:59) and fourth in the 1,600m (5:09). Her resume also includes a fifth place 3,200-meter finish and third place 1,600-meter finish in 2008 and a second place finish in the 3,200-meters in 2007. A three time first team all-KC Metro selection Imgrund has also seen success at the national level winning the 2008 Cross Country Coaches National Youth Championship.

Personal Bests: 5:09 (1,600-meters), 10:54 (3,200-meters), 7:33 (2000m steeplechase)

Sierra Jenkins (Clinton, Mo., Clinton High School)

-Jenkins comes to Missouri State after a breakout senior cross country season during which she won the 2009 3A State Cross Country Championship. A two-time all-State selection (2008, 2009) Jenkins posted the state's third fastest 5K time among seniors in all classes at the 2009 state meet in Jefferson City. In track and field, Jenkins has qualified for the state championship each year, placing 16th in the 1,600m and 12th in the 3,200m in 2010; finished 10th in the 3,200-meter run in 2009; and was 13th in both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter runs in 2008. In 2007, she was eighth in the 3,200-meters and 10th in the 1,600-meters. Jenkins will make her way to MSU from Clinton High School where she has been coached by Clint and Karen Sanders. Both of the Sander's children (Ashley - MSU '06, Ty - MSU '09) competed for Missouri State in cross country and track and field.

Personal Bests: 11:03 (3,200-meters), 5:13 (1,600-meters)

Ahshane Johnson (Moberly, Mo., Moberly High School)

-A four-time all-State selection, Johnson comes from Moberly High where she was the state of Missouri's top triple jumper in 2010. In 2010, Johnson captured the Class 3A State Championship in the triple jump with a personal best, and state leading, 40-02.75 jump. Johnson also took fourth in the long jump. At the prestigious Great Southwest Invitational in New Mexico, Johnson placed third in the triple jump (39-10). In 2009, Johnson was the Missouri 3A state runner-up in the triple jump with a 38-0 performance. In 2008, Johnson was the 3A state champion in the same event with a mark of 37-6. During her freshmen season in 2007, she took runner-up honors in the triple jump with a jump of 36-9.25. Her 2009 best of 38-10.5 mark was set at the Commercial Trust Invitational. In April of 2010, Johnson set personal bests of 18-3 in the long jump at the CMU Invitational. Johnson was coached by Scott Knox at Moberly.

Personal Bests: 40-2 3/4 (Triple Jump), 18-3 (Long Jump)

Mariah Korokis (Fredricktown, Mo., Fredricktown High School)

- An all-State selection in 2009, Korokis was the Missouri 3A runner-up in the discus throw with a mark of 128-8. She placed 10th in 2010. During the 2009 season, Korokis threw a personal best 132-7.5, a mark that positioned her fifth among all returning discus throwers in Missouri regardless of classification. Korokis also earned all-State honors in the shot put in 2009, placing eighth with a throw of 37-3.5. In 2010 Korokis bettered that performance, placing third at the state championship with a personal best 40-5.75. At Fredricktown, Korokis was coached by Chuck Ford.

Personal Bests: 40-5 3/4 (Shot Put), 132-7.5 (Discus)

Andrea Locke (Independence, Mo., William Chrisman High School)

-Locke placed 10th at the 2010 Class 4 MSHSAA State Championship in the triple jump.

Personal Bests / Accomplishments: 17-01.75 (Long Jump), 36-00 (Triple Jump)

Katie Malloy (Lake Villa, Ill., Lakes High School)

Personal Bests / Accomplishments: 37-8 (Shot Put)

Ruth McQuerry (Kansas City, Mo., North Kansas City High School)

-McQuerry recorded the third-best high jump clearance in the state of Missouri in 2010, placing first at her sectional championship. The Kansas City, Mo., native earned all-state honors after placing fifth in the high jump at the 2010 Missouri 4A State Championship. She took ninth in the same event in 2009.

Personal Bests / Achievements: 5-06 (High Jump)

Pernell Mitchell (Vieux-Fort St.Lucia , Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School)

Personal Bests: 12.03 (100-meters), 24.90 (200-meters)

Leah Nichols (Orlando, Fl., Timber Creek High School)

Personal Bests / Accomplishments: 11:55.04 (3,200-meters), 19:55.06 (5000-meters cross country).

Sydney Peavy (Kansas City, Mo., Pembroke Hill High School)

-Peavy ran to state champion honors at the 2010 3A State Championship in the 200-meters (24.65). She also took runner-up honors in the 100-meters (12.65). In 2009, Peavy earned all-State honors in three events at the MSHSAA 3A State Championship. Peavy's top finish came in the 200-meter dash where she finished third (25.24). She also took fourth in the 100-meters (12.15) and seventh in the long jump (17-00.25). Peavy also impressed in the triple jump at the 2009 Kansas Relays, jumping a personal best 36-7. Some of Peavy's best marks have come at the AAU club level. At the 2009 AAU Junior Olympic Championships, Peavy jumped a personal best 17-9 in the long jump. The 2010 indoor season was a great one for Peavy, sprinting to personal bests of 7.22 in the 55-meters, 7.77 in the 60-meters and 25.12 in the 200-meters. At Pembroke Hill, Peavy was coached by Willie Kelly.

Personal Bests: 7.22 (55-meters), 7.77 (60-meters), 12.09 (100-meters), 25.12 (200-meters indoors), 24.45 (200-meters outdoors), 17'9" (Long Jump), 36'7" (Triple Jump).

Veronica Rollins (Lee's Summit, Mo., Lee's Summit North High School)

-An all-state selection in 2009, Rollins placed sixth at the 2009 MSHSAA 4A State Championship in the 400-meters (58.57). Rollins also brought home all-state accolades in the 400-meters as a freshman in 2007 (eighth place) and a sophomore (fifth place). With an 800-meter personal best of 2:17 to go along with her 57.2 best in the 400-meters, Rollins shows great potential in the long sprints and middle distances. At Lee's Summit North, Rollins was coached by Colby Matthews.

Personal Bests: 57.2 (400m), 2:17 (800m)

Gemma Smith (Cannock, UK)

-The 2009 UK (U-20) Indoor Triple Jump Champion went on to represent England at the Celtic Games (1st place). Smith was a multiple time, multi-event state champion, winning in the long jump (2007, 2008) high jump (2008, 2009) and triple jump (2007). She also was an interstate champion in the long jump (2007, 2008) and triple jump (2007,2008). Smith earned three top-four finishes in the triple jump at the English Schools Championship, coming in second in 2007 and 2008 and placing fourth in 2009. Smith's triple jump efforts earned her the United Kingdom Schools' indoor and outdoor runner-up honors in 2008 and a nomination as the interstate team captain that same year. Smith was coached for the last three years by Shaun Ainge and most recently has been under the tutelage of the UK National Team Horizontal Coach John Crotty.

Personal Bests: 39'6.5" (Triple Jump), 17'9 3/4" (Long Jump), 5'5" (High Jump)

Monica Smith (Branson, Mo., Branson High School / Southwest Baptist University)

-After transferring from Southwest Baptist University, Smith will have freshman eligibility in cross country and indoor track and field, but will enter as a sophomore in outdoor track and field.

Personal Bests / Accomplishments: 19:23.15 (5000-meters)



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