University of South Dakota head track and field coaches Lucky Huber and Dave Gottsleben have announced the addition of nine student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the Coyotes starting in the fall of 2012. The class includes athletes from six different states.
"We are very excited about this recruiting class," Huber said. "Of course, the work is not done yet. We hope to sign four or five more student-athletes to round out this class."
Jessica Arnold – High Jump/Sprints, Le Mars, IA (Le Mars Community High School)
A multi-time state place winner in the high jump, she placed fourth as a junior. She is a two-time all-conference team high jump honoree and has a personal-best of 5-6. She also competed in the 4 x 200 relay at state meet and is a member of the National Honor Society. She competed for Coach Tamara Dunn.
Kelsey Barrett – Distance, Britton (Britton-Hecla HS)
In the midst of a decorated distance-running career, she is the only South Dakota Class A athlete to hold four state cross-country titles. She also is a four-time South Dakota 3,200-meter state champion who earned a 1,600-meter state title in 2010 and holds school record in 1,600 and 3,200 meters. She was named all-state, is a Heisman State Finalist and was named South Dakota High School Female Athlete of the Year. She is the daughter of Larry Barrett and Jill and John Beaner.
Taryn Derickson – Jumps, Bellevue, NE (Bellevue West HS)
A multi-time state placewinner in the high jump event she was third at state meet in both sophomore and junior seasons and was district champion as a junior. She has a career-best of 5-6 and was named to the 2010 All-Metro Academic Track and Field team. She competed for coach Dale Filer and it the daughter of Roby Billeter-Derickson and Nathaniel Derickson.
Amber Eickhorn – Distance, Wichita, KS (Wichita North HS)
She enjoyed impressive career at Wichita North as the first girls state cross country champion ever from Wichita. She also won state championship in the 1,600 meters and was all-city in cross country for four straight years and won two all-city championships. She set the school record in the 1,600 meters (5:04) and 3,200 meters (11:12). She was coached by Mike Pope and is the daughter of Carol and Billy Eickhorn.
Kayla Johnson – Throws, Bellevue, NE (Bellevue West HS)
She was the state shot put champion in 2011 and set the school shot put record in 2011 (43-2). She is a two-time state qualifier in shot put, was district champion and will compete in senior season this spring. She set the school weight-lift record and competed for coaches Matt Moore and Jerry Schumaker. She is the daughter of Melvin and Pam Johnson.
Kayla Lester – Throws, Lead (Lead-Deadwood High School)
She was state champion in the outdoor shot put and discus in 2011 and has a career-best of 41-2 in indoor shot put, 40-2 in outdoor shot put and a career-best of 122-0 in the discus. She was named MVP in track and field and earned the President's Award for Educational Excellence. She competed for Coach Tony Biesiant and is the daughter of Rob and Heather Lester.
Mubarik Musa – Distance, Worthington, MN (Worthington HS)
He is the Minnesota state boys cross country champion, and also state champion in the 1,600 meters. He placed second in the 3,200 meters at state meet and finished in 12th place at Nike Heartland meet. He is a three-time conference champion with a personal best of 4:20 in 1,600 meters, 9:27 in 3,200 meters and 15:52 in 5,000 meters. He competed for coach Ken Henkels.
Preston Perkins – Pole Vault, Marinette, WS (Marinette HS)
He has put together successful pole vaulting career at Marinette High School. He was 2011 USATF Wisconsin Indoor and Outdoor Champion in 2011, is a two-time WIAA Regional Champion, and 2011 Bay Conference Champion in the pole vault. He has a personal-best of 15-0 in career and will complete senior season this spring. He competed for coach Evan Perkins and is the son of Evan and Linda Perkins.
Kaitlyn Wetzstein – Distance, Hudson, WS (Hudson HS)
She is a strong distance competitor in both cross country and track. She finished ninth at Wisconsin State Cross Country Meet and earned all-state honors, and also placed in 1,600 and 3,200 at Wisconsin State Track Meet. She is the section and conference champion in cross country and a four-time all-conference selection in cross country. She earned all-conference honors in 1,600 and 800 meters during her track career, and has a best time of 5:07.84 in 1,600 meters and 11:12.24 in the 3,200. She was named academic all-state twice and was coached by Don Krupa and Jamison Holum. She is the daughter of Doug and Diane Wetzstein.