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UVU track: Houle announces 2014 UVU track and field signing class

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Feb. 21 2014 3:33 p.m. MST

Utah Valley University head track and field coach Scott Houle announced his February signing class on Friday where 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). 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 team to a 5A State Title last season at Herriman High.

Savannah Berry (Highland HS - distance) and Alex Pearson (Saugus HS - distance) hail from California, as Berry will come to UVU from Bakersfield while 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 the 100m dash and 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.

"We really needed to bring in a number of girls, and we're excited about who we were able to sign," Houle said. "They will help provide more depth for us next year."

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.

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