SFA Track & Field Signs 17

Brittany Innis
Brittany Innis

July 25, 2014

NACOGDOCHES, Texas – Stephen F. Austin head track and field coach Phil Olson announced the signing of 17 prospects to join his program. The Lumberjacks and Ladyjacks added these recruits during the spring signing period and the newcomers will join their teammates this fall on campus.

The men’s squad welcomes nine new Lumberjacks to the team. Seven have signed out of high school, while two are transferring to SFA from powerhouse programs.

On the women’s side, the Ladyjacks add eight signees with one being a transfer from another major program.

“What a tremendous class of young men and women our coaches have signed to become Lumberjacks,” Olson said. “Although our numbers are smaller than last year’s signing class of 31, these 17 young men and women create a great deal of excitement for our program. Their commitment to SFA allows us to move forward with the goal of competing year after year for a Southland Conference championship and pursuing a top 25 finish at the NCAA Championships.”

Seven of the signees will be in the sprints group with assistant coach Sean Lonergan. The men in the group will help to bolster the Lumberjacks’ sprints group after the graduation of some key role players over the last few years. Two women join the sprints group in the signing class with a large group returning, but the new Ladyjacks will add to the quality and strength of the team in their areas, according to Lonergan.

Jumps and multi-events assistant coach Ron McCown is excited to be adding four women and one man to his group of athletes. He brings in three females from the high school ranks in the horizontal jumps and a national caliber pole vaulter in Kansas transfer Demi Payne. McCown returns Southland Conference champion Cody Rhodes in the decathlon and adds Arkansas transfer Hunter Hopkins to the mix for the men as well.

Head Coach Olson works with the throwers individually and has signed one on the men’s and women’s team. Both Kami Stockett and Kevin McKelvey were district champions in high school.

Cody Clark serves as the distance coach for SFA and is the head coach for cross country. His group has added one female and two men to the team. Brittany Innis signs with SFA out of Cedar Park, and the men welcome Christopher Williams from College Park High School in The Woodlands. The Lumberjacks also add transfer Charles Mathenge from cross country force Oklahoma State.

2014 SFA Track & Field and Cross Country Signing Class

Sprints Group

Tedrick Hawkins – Duncanville HS
200m – 21.96; 100m – 10.96

Dionte Wall – Longview HS
100m – 10.62w; 200m – 21.83

Garrett Runnels – Flower Mound Marcus HS
Regional Qualifier in 110m hurdles and 300m hurdles
110H – 14.59; 300H – 38.96

Kerry Gleason – Justin Northwest HS
State qualifier in both hurdles
110H – 14.33; 300H – 37.90

Mylik Kerley – Taylor HS
State Qualifier in High jump, 800 and 4x400m relay
High Jump – 7’0”; 4 x 400m split time – 47.00; 800m – 1:56

“I feel like this is an exceptional class for the men’s team. They bring very good balance with some outstanding athletes. I am very excited about adding them to the mix." - Assistant Coach Sean Lonergan

Laniya Taylor – Keller Central HS
200m – 25.55

Tiffany Williams – Calvert HS
Class Valedictorian
Class 1A State Champion in 400m and 800m
400m – 57.17; 800 – 2:20.43

“This is a small recruiting class on the women’s side because of a veteran laden sprint group. I do believe both of these athletes will have the ability to help our team in different areas.” – Assistant Coach Sean Lonergan

Jumps & Multi-Events Group
Taylor Terry – Keller, Texas – Timber Creek HS
State Qualifier freshman year in all 3 relays, Regional Qualifier all 4 years for 4x4 and triple jump, District Champ in triple jump sophomore and junior year
Triple jump: 38-1.00, Long jump: 17-1.00

Demi Payne – New Braunfels, Texas – transfer from Kansas
State Champion junior year in high school
2012 Big 12 runner up indoors
2012 Big 12 third place outdoors
2012 USTFCCCA All-America 2nd team
Pole Vault –  4.22m (13-10.00)

Phedenia Mosbey – Klein Oak HS
Qualified 8 consecutive years for the AAU Junior Olympics in the LJ
Qualified 3 consecutive years for the USATF Junior Olympics in the LJ
Qualified for the World Youth Championships in the LJ in 2013
Long Jump: 19-2.00; 400m – 57.00

Shardai Love – Linden, Texas – Linden Kildare HS
2nd in LJ, 3rd in TJ at Regional Championship senior year
4th at State Championship senior year
Long Jump: 17-11.00; Triple Jump: 37-9.00

Hunter Hopkins – Van, Texas – transfer from Arkansas
USATF junior or USA junior javelin champion 3 years straight while in high school.
Will compete in the Decathlon
100M: 10.98; 110H: 15.7
200M: 22.36; 400M: 49.87; 1500M: 4:51.76
Pole Vault: 15-00
Shot Put: 44-5.00; Discus: 129-11; Javelin: 183-7
High Jump: 6-2.00; Long Jump: 22-2.00

"This group of 3 horizontal jumpers, a National level pole vaulter and a very talented multi prospect are just what our team needs to keep excelling in these events. It will be fun to see what this signing class is going to accomplish." – Assistant Coach Ron McCown

Throws Group
Kami Stockett – Arlington, Texas – Mansfield HS
Shot Put – 4th Place finisher at the 5A Regional Meet in 2014
Discus – Regional and Area Champion in 2014; State Finalist
Powerlifting – State and Regional Champion, and Regional Record Holder
Shot Put: 43-1.50; Discus: 147-00

Kevin McKelvey – Alice, Texas – Alice HS
District Champion in Shot Put and Discus in 2014
Area 3rd Place finisher in both shot put and discus in 2014
5th place finisher at the 4A Regional Meet in both shot put and discus
Shot Put: 55-1.00; Discus: 165-4.00

“I am very pleased with having Kami and Kevin join our throws squad and our team.  Kami has big meet experience having been a state qualifier in both the discus and in powerlifting.  She made huge improvements her senior year in the throws, and has been working steadily in the hammer all summer.  Kevin is a bit under the radar, although he comes from an outstanding high school program at Alice.  The coaches their really know how to prepare their athletes, and Kevin is one of those guys. He will be able to compete in 3 disciplines here at SFA, and I’m excited about his learning curve.” – Head Coach Phil Olson

Distance/Cross Country Group
Brittany Innis - Cedar Park, Texas - Cedar Park HS
Cross Country
All-State 2010-2012 placed 4th at State in 2011
5k - 17:57; 3 Mile - 16:57; 2 Mile - 11:13.10
State qualifier in 3200m 2011, 2013 and 2014
2013 USATF Jr. Championships 7th place in steeplechase
1600m – 5:03.46; 3200m –10:58.44; 3000m Steeple – 11:11.86

"Brittany brings a raw talent to this women's team and has had an impressive high school career. She will be able to run the steeplechase for us outdoors and help score some big points on the track. I look for her to be an immediate impact on our team this year." – Assistant Coach Cody Clark

Christopher Williams - The Woodlands, Texas - College Park HS
Cross Country
3-time State Qualifier 2011-2013
17th place at State in 2013 in 5A, team finished 2nd.
5k – 15:44.41; 3 Mile – 15:27.09
2nd place in 5A State Championship in 1600m
3-time district champion in 800m
800m – 1:55.81 – 1600m – 4:15.01; 3200m – 9:39.00

"Chris is very versatile in the fact he has run cross country and the 1600m/800m on the track very well in his high school career. He will be a big help for our mid-distance group as we head into indoor and outdoor track. I look for Chris to be an immediate impact on our team this year especially on the track covering DMR, 800 or mile/1500." – Assistant Coach Cody Clark

Charles Mathenge - Ol Kalou, Kenya – transfer from Oklahoma State
2014 Big 12 Outdoor Championship: 10th place in both 5000m and 10,000m
3000m – 8:19.90 indoor
10,000m – 30:53.56

"Charles comes to us from Oklahoma State where they have been a proven success at the national level in cross country and on the track. Charles will be a long distance guy that will bring a wealth of running background and help us immediately in cross country with our top three spots." – Assistant Coach Cody Clark



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