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Track and Field Inks 16 on National Signing Day

February 05, 2014
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Courtesy: Texas A&M Athletics
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COLLEGE STATION – National signing day included 16 letters of intent arriving in the Texas A&M track and field office on Wednesday. The Aggies signing class includes five men and 11 women who will join the national championship program next fall.

The group of athletes signing with Texas A&M covers a variety of event areas, providing the Aggies quality and depth.

“This is a good group of athletes,” said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry. “This is our first group of signees this season, with a few more to come later in the year.

“This is a normal class for us in that we are trying to add athletes in all event areas. We recruit talent and don’t necessarily recruit certain event areas. We recruit people who we think want to come to Texas A&M.”

In the sprint and hurdle events the A&M signing class includes O’Jay Ferguson and Just’N Thymes for the men along with Matilde Alvarez Sierra, Ebony Crear, and Briyahna Desrosiers for the women.

Ferguson, a 400 meter runner from the Bahamas, and Thymes, a 100 and 200 meter sprinter from Arizona, are currently competing on the junior college level. Crear is a prep hurdler from Long Beach Poly HS in California while Desrosiers is a 200 and 400 meter sprinter from North Lawndale Prep in Chicago and Mexico native Alvarez Sierra is a 100 and 200 meter sprinter.

In distance events the Aggies add Jacob Perry from Sanger, Texas on the men’s side along with Melanie Enriquez of Round Rock Stony Point and Devin Norton, who attends Denton Guyer and is from Lantana, Texas.

Vertical jumpers in the signing class include pole vaulter Carl Johansson from Orange Lutheran HS in Newport Beach, California, along with vaulter Sara Kathryn Stevens of New Braunfels, Texas and high jumper Makenzie Smajstrla, who attends Manvel HS and is from Rosharon, Texas.

Throwers in the group include Ioannis Kyriazis, a javelin thrower from Athens, Greece, and hammer thrower Bailey Simmons of Alabama Christian in Montgomery, Alabama.

Three members of the A&M signing class are versatile athletes who will compete in the combined events of the pentathlon indoors and heptathlon outdoors for the Aggies. The crew consists of Shaina Burns of Lakeville South HS in Prior Lake, along with Minnesota, Audrey Malone of Bryan HS in Bryan, Texas, and Ashtin Zamzow of Goliad, Texas.



 

2014 Aggie Track and Field Signing Class
WOMEN
Athlete Event Hometown High School
Matilde Alvarez Sierra sprints San Pedro Cholula, Puebla, Mexico  
Shaina Burns multi-event Prior Lake, Minn. Lakeville South HS
Ebony Crear hurdles Long Beach, Calif. Poly HS
Briyahna Desrosiers sprints Alsip, Ill. North Lawndale College Prep
Melanie Enriquez distance Round Rock, Texas Stony Point HS
Audrey Malone multi-event Bryan, Texas Bryan HS
Devin Norton distance Lantana, Texas Denton Guyer HS
Bailey Simmons throws Montgomery, Ala. Alabama Christian
Makenzie Smajstrla high jump Rosharon, Texas Manvel HS
Sara Kathryn Stevens pole vault New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels HS
Ashtin Zamzow multi-event Goliad, Texas Goliad HS
MEN
Athlete Event Hometown High School
O'Jay Ferguson sprints Bahamas Essex County CC
Carl Johnasson pole vault Newport Beach, Calif. Orange Lutheran HS
Ioannis Kyriazis throws Athens, Greece  
Jacob Perry distance Sanger, Texas Sanger HS
Just'N Thymes sprints Walnut, Calif. Riverside CC


Matilde Alvarez Sierra
sprints San Pedro Cholula, Puebla, Mexico  

     
  • Ran in the first round of the 100m at the 2011 Pan American Games ... Competed in the 100 and 200 during the 2011 World Youth Championships in France, advanced to the semifinals of the 100 ... Also member of 4x100 and 4x400 relays for Mexico.
  • Personal bests: 11.93, 24.62


Shaina Burns
multi-event Prior Lake, Minn. Lakeville South HS

     
  • Junior season had her placing third in the shot put (42-1), fifth in the 300 hurdles (45.39) at the Minnesota State AA meet … Won the 300 hurdles (45.87) and placed third in shot put (42-10 ½) at Hamline Elite meet … Finished third in the heptathlon with 4,589 points during the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships in the Young women division … Produced the top shot put mark (40-4 ¼) during the USATF National Junior Olympic heptathlon, by nearly five feet, and recorded the second best javelin toss of 109-10 … Placed 12th in the heptathlon at the USATF Junior Championships with 4,569 points … As a sophomore she placed fourth in the 300 hurdles (44.89) after running 44.69 in the prelims at the Minnesota State AA meet and finished seventh in the 100 hurdles (15.18) after posting a windy 14.92 in prelims … Over 400 hurdles she set a personal best of 1:03.47 to place fourth at New Balance Nationals … Scored 4,704 points to win the Intermediate division of the heptathlon at the USATF National Junior Olympics in 2012, where she had the top shot put mark with a 38-7 and second best mark in the javelin with a 117-5 … Also clocked 1:03.91 for fifth place in the 400 hurdles at the USATF National Junior Olympics … Won the heptathlon with 4,486 points in the Intermediate division of the USA Youth Championships.
  • Personal bests: 14.92w, 44.69, 1:03.47, 42-10 ½ SP


Ebony Crear
hurdles Long Beach, Calif. Poly HS

     
  • Junior campaign included placing seventh in 100 hurdles (14.38) and eighth in 300 hurdles (44.41) at the California State meet … Recorded season best marks of 13.95w as runner-up in the 100 hurdles and 43.12 for fourth in the 300 hurdles at the CIF-Southern Section finals … Claimed first place in 100H (14.109) and sixth place in the 300H (43.61) during the CIF-Southern Section Masters meet … Recorded a time of 1:04.68 over 400 hurdles at the Penn Relays … As a sophomore she ran a career best of 14.09 to place fourth in 100H at CIF-Southern Section Masters and a 42.46 in 300H to win the CIS-Southern Section Divisional finals … In the California State meet she placed seventh in the 100H (14.18) … Daughter of Mark Crear, the 1992 NCAA 110 hurdle champion for USC who claimed an Olympic silver medal in 1996 and bronze medal in 2000.
  • Personal bests: 14.09, 42.46


Briyahna Desrosiers
sprints Alsip, Ill. North Lawndale College Prep

     
  • Recently set the meet record of 55.50 during the prelims of the 400 at the Texas A&M High School Classic and placed second in the final with a 55.72 … Ran a US leading 55.04 to win the Arkansas HS Invitational the following week … Also claimed the 200 title at Arkansas with a 24.70 … In her junior season she posted top times of 12.39 in the 100 and 24.79 in the 200 … She placed fourth in the 100 and sixth in the 200 at the Chicago Public League Championships … Her sophomore campaign included placing seventh in the 100 (12.35) and fourth in the 200 (25.87) at the Illinois 1A State meet.
  • Personal bests: 24.70, 55.04


Melanie Enriquez
distance Round Rock, Texas Stony Point HS

     
  • In the fall of her senior season placed 14th in the State 5A Championships, running 18:46.6 on the 5,000-meter cross country course … Finished 44th in the Nike South Regional … Her top cross country time of 18:35.99 over 5,000m came during a win at the AISD Lake Long Invite … On the track during her junior season, she set a personal bests of 5:13.65 in the 1,600 for sixth place and 11:14.08 in the 3,200 for fifth place at the Region II-5A meet … Won her Area meet in 11:21.59 for 3,200 and finished second in the 1,600 with a 5:19.23 … Placed third in both 1,600 and 3,200 at her district meet … Posted a time of 5:18.47 for 1,600 meters at the Texas Relays … In her cross country season as a junior she finished seventh in the Region II-5A meet with a 17:47.9 clocking and placed 25th at the Nike South Regional … As a sophomore on the track she advanced to the region meet in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters, placing seventh and fifth, respectively … Placed second in the 1,600 with a 5:15.84 during the district meet … During the 2011 cross country season, running over a 3,200m course she won the district title (11:37.3), placed third in region (11:13.9) and finished 10th at the State 5A meet (11:33.45).
  • Personal bests: 5:13.65, 11:14.08


Audrey Malone
multi-event Bryan, Texas Bryan HS

     
  • Attended Bryan High School for her senior season ... previously prepped at Fillmore Central in Geneva, Nebraska.
  • As a junior in Nebraska, placed third in State Class C triple jump (35-6 ½), fourth in the long jump (17-3 ½) and fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.45) … Also part of winning 4x400 relay as her team, consisting of four athletes, placed second overall in team scoring at the State meet … Sophomore season included a third place finish in 100H (15.51) and fourth place effort in the State Class C long jump (17-8 ¼) … In her freshman year, finished second in 100 hurdles (15.20) at Nebraska State B meet and ran 47.61 in 300 hurdles at Kansas Relays.
  • Personal bests: 15.45, 47.61, 17-8 ¼, 35-6 ½


Devin Norton
distance Lantana, Texas Denton Guyer HS

     
  • Senior cross country season had her placing ninth in the State 4A Championships with a time of 18:53.68 over a 5,000m course … Won district (18:51.0) and Region I-4A (17:49.4 3,000m) titles and finished second at the Cowboy Jamboree with an 11:929.01 clocking over 3,200m … Competed in the USATF Cross Country Championships, placing 32nd in the Junior meet with a 23:09.5 for 6,000m … Top time over 5,000m in cross country was 18:14.26 for third place in Birdville Invitational … Junior season on the track included a 10:57.21 for 3,200m at Texas Relays to place 13th … Finished second in two mile race with an 11:21.93 at Texas A&M Classic … Competed in the USATF Youth Championships during the summer, placing fourth in the Young women division of the 3,000 (10:53.85) and ninth in the 1,500 (5:04.97) … As a junior in the 2012 cross country season she placed 10th at State 4A meet (19:08.9 for 5,000m) after finishing fourth in Region meet (18:17.2 for 3,200m) … Also placed 24th in Nike South Regional and second in Cowboy Jamboree (11:19.78 for 3,200m) … Sophomore cross country campaign included placing sixth in region and 23rd at State 5A meet … On the track in 2012 she placed eighth in 1,600 (5:21.98) and 3,200 (11:51.59) at district … As a freshman in cross country she finished second in district race and placed 11th in State meet … On the track her freshman season she was the district runner-up in the 3,200 (11:21.04) and seventh in the 1,600 (5:23.42) … Also placed seventh in 3,200 (11:38.54) at the Region 1-5A meet.
  • Personal bests: 5:04.97 (1500), 5:21.12 (1600), 10:57.21


Bailey Simmons
throws Montgomery, Ala. Alabama Christian

     
  • Recently placed third in the weight throw with a career best mark of 49-11 to place third in the Rock N Roll Throw Off, producing the top mark in the state of Alabama this indoor season … As a junior in 2013, won the hammer competition among the Emerging Elite division of the New Balance Outdoor Nationals with a toss of 148-6, the top mark by an Alabama athlete and ranked 20th nationally … Finished seventh in hammer (146-6) at the USATF National Junior Olympics in the Young women’s division … Also competed at the USATF World Youth Track & Field Trials, throwing a lighter 3kg hammer, and placed fourth with a mark of 168-8 … Competing in the shot put and discus at the Alabama State 4A meet, finished fourth in shot put (31-9 ¼) and second in the discus (110-11) … In her sophomore season placed fifth at New Balance Indoor National in the Emerging Elites division of weight throw (46-9 ½).
  • Personal bests: 49-11 Weight, 148-6 Hammer


Makenzie Smajstrla
high jump Rosharon, Texas Manvel HS

     
  • Set her career best of 5-10 to win the high jump during the Region III-5A meet as a junior in 2013 … Captured the 2013 State 5A title with a clearance of 5-8 as her clean slate of needing only one attempt at each height had her on top of a four-way tie … Finished ninth with a 5-7 at the USATF Junior Championships … Competing in 4A division as a sophomore, placed seventh in the Region III meet at 5-2 … In her freshman season she cleared 5-2 to place third at the Region III-4A meet after winning district title with a 5-5 clearance.
  • Personal bests: 5-10


Sara Kathryn Stevens
pole vault New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels HS

     
  • Earned a bronze medal in the 2013 State 5A pole vault, clearing 13-0 … Set a career best of 13-0 ¾ to place fourth in the Texas Relays as a junior in 2013 … Won the Region IV-5A title with a height of 12-0 … In the summer of 2013, placed third with a 12-7 ½ clearance at the USATF World Youth Track & Field Trials … As a sophomore placed eighth at 2012 Texas Relays with a height of 12-5 ½ … In her freshman season she finished in a three-way tie for fourth place at the State 5A meet with a clearance of 11-6 … Placed second at Region IV-5A meet with a mark of 11-0.
  • Personal bests: 13-0 ¾


Ashtin Zamzow
multi-event Goliad, Texas Goliad HS

     
  • Daughter of Stacy Zamzow and Kalleen Madden Zamzow, who both competed in track and field at Texas A&M … Ran on silver medal 4x100 and bronze medal 4x200 relays for Goliad at the 2013 State 2A meet … Finished eighth in the heptathlon with 4,396 points at the USAT F National Junior Olympic Championships … Tied for third at 5-3 in the high jump portion of the USATF Junior Olympic heptathlon and had the third best shot put (35-2) … At the Great Southwest Classic finished third in long jump (17-2) and fifth in 100 hurdles (14.98) … In 2012 placed runner-up in heptathlon at AAU National Junior Olympics with a score of 4,457 in the Intermediate division … Cleared 5-5 to place fifth in high jump at 2012 Texas Relays … Anchored 4x 200 relay that placed eighth in State 3A meet and was also eighth at Texas Relays.
  • Personal bests: 4,396 Heptathlon


O'Jay Ferguson
sprints Bahamas Essex County CC

     
  • In 2013 at Essex Junior College placed third in the 400 (47.03) at the NJCAA Indoor Championships … Recorded a season best of 46.25 for sixth place at the Bahama Championships … During 2012 season established a Bahamas junior record of 46.14 for a runner-up finish at the Springtime Invitational at UTEP … Competing for Western Texas College, placed fifth at the NJCAA Outdoor Championships with a 46.97 and ran third leg of 4x400 that finished second in 3:06.52 … Advanced to the semifinal of the 400 at the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain, clocking 46.89 in the prelims and 47.02 in the semifinal … Won the Carifta Games junior 400 in 2012 with a 47.32 and anchored the Bahamas to a 3:09.23 victory in the 4x400 … Also a member of Bahamas 4x400 relay that place second at 2013 CAC (3:02.66) in 2013 and ran in the first round of the World Championships in Moscow (3:02.67) … In 2011, Ferguson won the Bahamas junior title in the 400 with a 46.84 and also claimed the junior 400 title at the Carifta Games with a 46.49.
  • Personal bests: 46.14


Carl Johansson
pole vault Newport Beach, Calif. Orange Lutheran HS

     
  • Cleared a personal best of 15-10 twice in 2013, placing third at California State meet and second in the CIS-Southern Section Masters meet … Placed fifth at Arcadia Invitational with a 15-5 clearance … Led the qualifying round at the California State meet with a 15-5 ¾ mark … Best height as a sophomore in 2012 was 14-9 for first place in the Southern Section Division 3 prelims … Won the Orange County Championships with a 14-3 … Placed seventh at CIS-Southern Section with a 14-3 height … Indoors in 2012, cleared 14-6 for fifth place at California HS Indoor Invitational.
  • Personal bests: 15-10


Ioannis Kyriazis
throws Athens, Greece  

     
  • In 2013 he established a Greek junior national record with a mark of 254-4 (78.44) with the 700g javelin to defend his title at the under-17 Balkan Championships … Competed in the 2013 World Youth Championships after winning the Greek under-17 title … Set a career best of 227-4 (69.30) with the javelin in winning a meet held in Athens last May … Finished second in the Greece Junior Championships with a mark of 226-2 (68.95) … Won under-17 Balkan Championships with a mark of 232-3 (70.81) using 700g javelin.
  • Personal bests: 227-4 Javelin, 257-4 (700g)


Jacob Perry
distance Sanger, Texas Sanger HS

     
  • Bronze medalist in 3,200m at 2013 State 3A Championships, running a time of 9:23.66 … In cross country he won the Region II-3A meet in 2012 with a 15:50.9 on the 5,000m course and finished fifth in the State Championship race as his school placed fifth in team scoring … Jacob’s sister Bryce also won the girls region title on the same weekend … Placed 33rd at Nike South Regional during 2013 cross country season … Placed third in the 2013 Region II-3A meet with a time of 16:35.92 and finished 10th in the State 3A Championship race, running 16:46.76 … Member of Sanger cross country team that finished as runner-up in team scoring in and 2011, where he placed 27th in the State Championships as a sophomore.
  • Personal bests: 9:23.66


Just'N Thymes
sprints Walnut, Calif. Riverside CC

     
  • Prepped at Hamilton High School in Chandler, Arizona.
  • Won 2013 USATF Junior title in 200m with a wind-aided 20.61 (4.0) in Des Moines and finished eighth in the 100m with a 10.99 into a -4.8 headwind … Was a member of the United States team that competed at the 2013 Pan Am Juniors in Colombia … Competing at the 2013 California Community College State Championships he won the 200 (21.42) and finished second in the 100 (10.49) as Riverside set a record of 151 points to claim the team title… During the So Cal Championships held in Lancaster, California, he won the 200 (20.68) and placed second in the 100 (10.46) … Competing in Arizona during high school, Thymes ran 10.93 and 21.48 as a senior in 2012 … As a junior in 2011 he posted times of 10.88 and 21.67 … During the 2011 Arizona Division I State meet he placed fourth in the 200 final and won the long jump with a mark of 23-5.
  • Personal bests: 10.46, 20.61w, 20.68
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