Feb. 21, 2014
More Information on the 2014 Signing Class
OREM, Utah - Utah Valley University head track & field coach Scott Houle announced his February signing class on Friday and 14 incoming student-athletes will join the Wolverines in the fall of 2014.
"These kids will fill a number of holes that we'll have on our roster next year and we're fortunate to have them coming and joining our team," Houle said. "They're going to help us from sprints all the way to throws and they'll be able to come in and be an instant impact for us right away."
Ten women and four men comprise the 14 student-athletes that will come and run track for UVU. The incoming athletes hail from four different states with nine coming from Utah, two from California, two more from Idaho and one from Colorado.
Of the nine total Utahns, six will run for the women's team - Breann Bate (Riverton High School - sprints), Kami Hartley (Herriman HS - distance), Abby Lee (Orem HS - mid distance), Kellie Macdonald (Beaver HS - sprits/hurdles), McKayla Morgan (Riverton HS - distance), Jeni Townsend (Skyline HS - distance) - while three more will compete for the men in Brady Earley (Riverton HS - distance), Braydon Lavery (Alta HS - distance) and Brandon Walker (Riverton HS - sprints). Of the group, Macdonald holds 2A State Championships in the 100-meter hurdles as well as the long jump at Beaver High School and Hartley helped her girls team to a 5A State Title last season at Herriman High.
Savannah Berry (Highland HS - distance) and Alex Pearson (Saugus HS - distance) both hail from California as Berry will come to UVU from Bakersfield and Pearson calls Santa Clara home. Shevaun Ames (Lewiston HS - distance) and Brittney Heideman (Nezperce HS - sprints/hurdles) hail from Lewiston, Idaho, and Nezperce, Idaho, respectively, while Marissa Storey (Sangre de Cristo HS - sprints) is the lone incoming Wolverine from Colorado (Mosca, Colo.).
Of the out-of-state group, Heideman was a multiple Idaho State Champion in both the 100m dash as well as the 100m hurdles during her tenure at Nezperce High. Heideman is also the lone transfer of the group, as she'll come to UVU from Lewis-Clark State College while the other 13 will come straight out of high school.
In April, Houle announced that he also signed five more incoming student-athletes that will also join the UVU track & field teams in this fall. They are throwers Steven Scott (Canyon View HS, Utah) and Daven Russell (Kanab HS, Utah), distance runners Dillon Emery (Great Oak HS, Calif.) and Alexandra Jenks (Vanden HS, Calif.) and hurdler Mannah Heising (Woodbridge HS, Calif.).
For more information on the signees, please see the attached PDF at the top of this page.
"We really needed to bring in a number of girls and we're excited about who we were able to sign," added Houle. "They will help provide more depth for us next year."