WICHITA – Wichita State men’s and women’s track and field teams welcome 48 newcomers to the program this fall, including 29 from the state of Kansas, five junior college transfers, and two from overseas.
“I’m really excited to get going with this fabulous group of newcomers,” Rainbolt said. “We have athletes from 12 different states and also from Spain. Anytime you can add close to 50 athletes to a program like ours it is a very exciting time.”
The 48 newcomers earned 33 state high school individual titles, and even more top three finishes at their respective state championships. The states of Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Washington, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, New York, California, Virginia, and Nebraska are represented, as well as Spain.
“The significance of this recruiting class is even greater,” Rainbolt said. “Because we are going in to a new adventure and new conference, these young people will be significant in the next four to five years of leading our program and figure out what it’s all about to compete in The American.”
Rayvon Allen – Fenton, Mo. (Rockwood Summit HS)…Was third in the Missouri Class 4A 2016 State Championship triple Jump. 2017 state champion in the long jump and triple jump, finished fourth in the 300m hurdles. Personal best – 24-0.25 in the long jump, 51-7 in the triple jump, 38.04 in the 300m hurdles.
Mason Buckmaster – Smith Center, Kan. (Butler County CC)…Finished 11th in the high jump (6-6.75) at the 2017 NJCAA Indoor Championships and eighth in the high jump (6-4) at the 2017 Region VI Outdoor Championships. Personal best – 6-7 in the high jump and 44-6.75 in the triple jump.
Aiden Camp – Andale, Kan. (Andale HS)…Finished sixth at the 2017 KSHSAA 4A Championship in the discus throw. Personal best – 155-3 in the discus throw and 174-7 in the hammer throw.
Tristen Dagenais – Andale, Kan. (Andale HS)…Placed fourth at the 2016 KSHSAA 4A Championship in the high jump and first in the 2017 state championship. Personal best – 6-8 in the high jump and 21-2.25 in the long jump.
Grant Downes – Kansas City, Mo. (Park Hill HS)…Downes was fourth in the 300m hurdles and sixth in the 110m hurdles at the Missouri Class 5 State Championships. Personal best – 6,015 points in the decathlon, 14.84 in the 110m hurdles, 39.76 in the 300m hurdles.
Davis Dubbert – Beloit, Kan. (St. John’s HS)…Was the 2016 and 2017 KSHSAA 1A State Champion in the high jump and 2017 champion in the javelin throw. Finished third in the javelin throw and fifth in the discus throw at the 2016 state meet. Personal best – 6-7 high jump, 41-4 triple jump, 137-5 discus throw, and 175-10 javelin throw.
Eric Etie – Keller, Texas (Keller HS)…Etie finished eighth at the 2017 UIL 6A State Championship in the pole vault. Personal best – 15-9 in the pole vault.
Isaiah Evans – Mulvane, Kan. (Cowley County CC)…Finished 11th in the discus throw and 14th in the hammer throw at the 2016 NJCAA Outdoor National Championships. Placed 7th at the 2017 NJCAA Indoor National Championships in the weight throw and 12th in the discus throw at the Outdoor National Championships. Personal best – 169-9 discus throw, 59-1.5 weight throw, and 163-7 in the hammer throw.
Zach Fesen – Hutchinson, Kan. (Hutchinson CC)…Placed 14th in the high jump at the 2017 NJCAA Outdoor National Championships. Personal best – 6-7 in the high jump.
Ben Flowers – Jerseyville, Ill. (Jerseyville HS)…Flowers finished 13th at the 2015 state cross country and eighth place at the 2016 state cross country meet. Placed fifth in the 1,600m at the 2016 state meet.
Adam Gauzy – Washington, Mo. (Washington HS)…Finished eighth in the 200m and 400m at the 2016 Missouri 4A State Championship. Was the 2017 state champion in the 400m. Personal best – 22.01 in the 200m and 48.84 in the 400m.
Miles Griffith – St. Paul, Neb. (St. Paul HS)…Griffith was a two time NSAA Class C state champion in the high jump. Personal best – 6-10 in the high jump.
Mike Hanson – Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton Warrenville South HS)…Finished eighth at the cross country state meet his senior season. Personal best – 4:29 1,600m, 9:56 3,200m, 15:52 in the 3 mile.
Ethan Kossover – Maize, Kan. (Maize South HS)…Won the 1,600m and 3,200m at the 2017 KSHSAA 4A State Championship meet. Personal best – 4:22 1,600m, 9:34 3,200m, 15:59 in the 5K.
Alex Moen – Andover, Kan. (Andover HS)…Was fifth in the 1,600m and third in the 3,200m at the 2016 KSHSAA 5A State Championship. Finished fourth at the state cross country meet his senior season. Won first in the 3,200m and second in the 1,600m at the 2017 state meet. Personal best – 4:22 1,600m, 9:25 3,200m, 16:08 in the 5K.
Adam Mudge – Ankeny, Iowa (Ankeny Centennial HS)…Mudge finished 16th in the 400m hurdles at the IAHSAA 4A State Championships. Personal best – 55.32 in the 400m hurdles.
Riley Nyp – Palco, Kan. (Palco HS)…Nyp finished second in the shot put and fifth in both the discus throw and javelin throw at the 2017 KSHSAA 2A State Championship. Personal best – 53-3 shot put, 159-4 discus throw, 173-3 javelin throw.
Colin Reichenberger – Wellington, Kan. (Butler County CC)…Finished 15th in the 60m hurdles at the 2016 NJCAA Indoor National Championships and third in the decathlon with 5,365 points at the 2016 NJCAA Region VI Outdoor Championships. Personal best – 5,365 points in the decathlon, 4,099 points in the heptathlon, 8.39 in the 60m hurdles, and 14.97 in the 110m hurdles.
Louis Rivers – Chester, Va. (Barton County CC)…Rivers placed seventh in the 60m hurdles at the 2016 NJCAA Indoor Championships and 16th in the 110m hurdles at the 2016 NJCAA Outdoor Championships. Personal best – 8.21 in the 60m hurdles and 14.80 in the 110m hurdles.
Clifford Robinson III – Leavenworth, Kan. (Leavenworth HS)…Finished forth in the 100m and eighth in the 200m at the 2016 KSHSAA 5A State Championships. Won both the 100m and 200m at the 2017 state meet. Personal best – 6.90 60m, 10.71 100m, 21.72 200m.
Isaac Smallwood – Wichita, Kan. (Wichita Heights HS)…Placed third in the triple jump at the 2016 KSHSAA 5A State Championships. Won the triple jump and finished 11th at the 2017 state meet. Personal best – 22-1 in the long jump and 47-0 in the triple jump.
Davon Spexarth – Andale, Kan. (Andale HS)…In his junior season Davon finished third in the javelin throw at the 2016 KSHSAA 4A State Championships and second at the 2017 state meet. Personal best – 189-6 in the javelin throw.
Chanlder Stiawalt – Ness City, Kan. (Ness City HS)…Won the 2016 KSHSAA 2A state championship in the high jump, long jump, and triple jump his junior season. Stiawalt won the triple jump, second in the long jump, and finished third in the high jump at the 2017 state meet. Personal best – 6-7 high jump, 21-8 long jump, 47-0 triple jump.
Taran Taylor – Arkansas City, Kan. (Arkansas City HS)…Finished third his junior and senior seasons in the javelin throw at the KSHSAA 5A State Championships. Personal best – 196-0 in the javelin throw.