North Texas Signs 16 To Track and Field
This Year's Recruits Will Make the Team More Competitive in Conference USA
DENTON--North Texas track and field has signed a total of 16 athletes for the 2015-2016 season. This year's recruits will add depth to the roster and help North Texas become more competitive in Conference USA.
Kennedy Knight (Allen High School)
-Two-time regional qualifier at 200-meters
-Qualified for state in the 4X100, 4X200, open 200-meter and open 100-meter
-Placed in all four events at state
Knight was "a staple on Allen High School's relay teams," said head coach Carl Sheffield. "She should play a similar role for the mean green women's team."
Kyle Maloney (Jones College Prep)
-Finished 7th in Illinois for cross-country
-Was a track state qualifier in the 1600-meter
-Is a 4X800-meter city record holder (Chicago)
-Received "Dye State Illinois 5th Man of the Year" award
Bria Williams (Crowley High School)
-Served as team captain at Crowley High School
- Was a 5A State finalist in the 4x200m relay
Sheffield says Williams "will add to the depth in women's sprinters at 100 and 200 meters."
Jared Baily-Sampson (Del Valle High School)
-Missed qualifying for the 6A State finals in 110 Hurdles by one spot
Bailey-Sampson "will bring added speed to young hurdle crew," Sheffield said.
Justin Joe (Copperas Cove High School)
-200m Winner of the competitive 6A Region 2 in Waco.
Joe "can add fresh legs to outstanding returning sprint group," Sheffield said.
Javier Lopez-Ibarra (Universidad Panamerica Perparatoria-Mexico City)
-Ranked 4th U18 Javelin Thrower in Mexico in 2014
Catalina Uriarte (Flowermound High School)
-Has a personal-best 5K time of 18:39.70
-Has a personal-best 3200-meter time of 11:03.34
Michael Johnson (San Elizario High School)
-Helped lead San Elizario men's cross country to a 4A state championship this fall
-Won two state titles in the 800-meter and 1600-meter
"It is really exciting to be adding Michael Johnson to our men's team since he will be the first state champion we have signed since I started with the Mean Green. His team also won the 4A Cross Country Championship this fall," distance coach Stefanie Slekis said.
Chanse Moss (graham High School)
-Two-time state qualifier
-Broke a 59-year-old school shot put record days before signing with North Texas
-Has a personal-best shot put throw of 54 feet 5 inches
Nicole Auker (Little Elm High School)
-Consistent jumper which led to 5A Regional qualifying berth
-Has a personal-best high jump of 5 feet
Blake Skoog (Burnet High School)
-Won her district meet with a personal-best jump of 12 feet, ranking her 15th in the state of Texas
-While at the UIL championships she finished just out of the medals when she secured a 4th place finish for Burnet High School
Noman Johnson (Mesquite-Horn High School)
-Ran the last leg of the first-place 4X400 meter relay at the 10-6A track meet
-Helped Mesquite Horn men's team secure a second-place finish at the 10-6A track meet
Johnson "will enhance the quality and depth of our jumps group this year with a never give up attitude and die-hard work ethic," Sheffield said.
In addition to the recruits North Texas has signed this spring, North Texas signed four recruits to the team in the fall. For information on these four athletes, click here.
James Cole (Sharyland High School)
Tiffany Tshilumba (Sport Lycee-Pontpierre, Luxemborg)
Cassidy Adams (Northwest High School)
Baylee Nelson (Northwest High School)
With a total of 16 signees, North Texas will be able to benefit from a great group of student athletes that will be able to make an immediate impact on the team.
"All of our recruits will fill voids we have in becoming a more competitive team in Conference USA," Sheffield said. "The vertical jumps and throws are definite areas we can show improvement. The sprinters will add much needed depth to the quality of returners we have coming back."
"We have a great group coming in this year that is not only passionate about training andcompeting, but also cannot contain their excitement to be students at the University of North Texas" said Slekis. "They already Bleed Green and can't wait to compete in Conference USA!"