(Wichita State Athletics press release) Wichita State track and field head coach Steve Rainbolt and the entire coaching staff has announced the signings of ten additional student-athletes that will join the Shocker women's track and field team this fall, bringing the total number of women's signees to 19 for the 2014-15 season. The links below are the recaps of the previously signed women's track and field student-athletes.
“I am super excited about this year’s recruiting class,” Rainbolt said. “I feel that we have added another terrific group to Wichita State track and field. Recently, we have had excellent classes. We are feeling confident that this could easily come together beautifully to make our program very tough to beat in the Missouri Valley Conference in the coming years.”
Ninaa Edwards is from Richton Park, Ill. where she went to high school at Rich South HighSchool. While at Wichita State, Edwards will participate in multiple events. Her personal bests include 56.36 in the 400-meter dash, 14.9 in the 100 meter hurdles and 37’-8” in the triple jump. Edwards was also a 2A State qualifier in the 100-meter hurdles, the 300-meter hurdles and the triple jump.
Emily Hahn is from Ness City, Kan. where she went to high school at Ness City High School. The 800-meters and the 1500-meters are the events Hahn will compete in for the Shockers. Her personal bests include 59 .0 in the 400-meter dash, 2:23 in the 800-meter run and 5:29 in the 1500-meter run. Hahn was the 2013 2A State Champion in the 800-meter run.
Talia Highbarger is from Towanda, Kan. where she went to Circle High School. While at Wichita State, Highbarger will compete in the hurdle events. Highbarger’s personal bests include 14.89 in the 100-meter hurdles. She was the 2014 4A State Champion in the 100-meter hurdles.
Courtney Lies—Triple Jump
Courtney Lies is from Andale, Kan. where she attended Andale High School. Lies will compete in the triple jump while at Wichita State. Her personal best is 38’-9”. Lies was the 2014 4A State Champion in the triple jump.
Raianna Maples is from Topeka, Kan. where she attended Topeka High School. The 100-meter dash, the 200-meter dash and the long jump are events Maples will compete in for the Shockers. Her personal bests include 12.04 in the 100-meter dash, 25.33 in the 200-meter dash and 19’-5” in the long jump. Maples was the 2014 6A State Champion in the 400-meter relay while placing third in the long jump, fourth in the 200-meter dash and fifth in the 100-meter dash during the 2014 State Championships.
Chrisha Riley-Anderson—High Jump
Chrisha Riley-Anderson is from Independence, Mo. where she attended William CrismanHigh School. Riley-Anderson will compete in the high jump at Wichita State. Her personal best is 5’-7”. She was the 2014 4A State Runner-up in the high jump.
Samahj Ross is from Topeka, Kan. where she attended Highland Park High School. She will compete in sprints for the Shockers. Her personal bests include 12.14 in the 100-meter dash. Ross placed sixth at the 2013 5A State Championships in the100-meter dash.
Taylor Swanson—Pole Vault
Taylor Swanson is from Salina, Kan. and attended Salina Central High School. Swanson will transfer from Cloud County Community College in Concordia, Kan. At Wichita State, Swanson will compete in the pole vault. Her personal best in the pole vault is 13’-3”. Swanson’s accomplishments include being the 2014 NJCAA National Champion in the outdoor pole vault and the 2014 NJCAA National Runner-up in the indoor pole vault.
Angie Vailas is from Wichita, Kan. She attended Kapaun Mt. Carmel High School and will transfer from Friends University in Wichita, Kan. Vailas will compete in sprints for the Shockers and her personal bests include 11.79 (wind-aided) in the 100-meter dash and 24.73 (wind-aided) in the 200-meter dash. She also won three 2014 KCAC championships in sprints and placed ninth in the 2014 NAIA National Championships in the 60-meter dash.
Deja Young is from Mesquite, Texas and attended Horn High School. Young will compete in sprints while at Wichita State. Her personal bests include 12.08 in the 100-meter dash and 24.50 in the 200-meter dash. She was ranked No. 12 in the state ofTexas in the 200-meter dash in 2014.