Meet the Track and Field Newcomers: Air Force Women
USAF ACADEMY, Colo. - With the Class of 2014 in the middle of Basic Cadet Training, Air Force track and field head coach Ralph Lindeman announced the program's incoming members. This week, GoAirForceFalcons.com will spotlight the 15 members of the women's team that will join the squad for the 2011 season.
The freshmen roster features five state champions, as well as two national competitors.
An all-state honoree at 3200 meters, Lara Shegoski (Belle Mead, N.J.) finished fourth in the 5000-meter run at the National Scholastic Indoor Championships to earn All-America status, before placing sixth in that distance at the New Balance Outdoor National Championship. Annette Eichenberger (West Chicago, Ill.), the 800-meter champion at the Illinois 3A state outdoor championships and the Illinois IPTT state indoor championships, was the runner up in that distance at the 2009 Nike Outdoor Nationals. In addition, Eichenberger finished second in the 2000-meter steeplechase at the 2009 AAU Junior Olympics.
Emily Edwards (Cisco, Texas) is a two-time Texas 2A state champion in the discus throw, while Paige Shirley (Jacksonville, Fla.) won back-to-back titles in the pole vault at the Florida 2A state championships. In addition to her 2010 title at the state meet, Shirley also won the pole vault at the Florida Relays.
Becca Bauman (Post Falls, Idaho) was Idaho's 5A champion in the discus throw, while Kassie Gurnell (Pearland, Texas) won the triple jump at the 2009 Texas TAPPS 4A state championships. Bauman also earned a second-place finish in the shot put at that meet, while Gurnell has earned runner-up finishes in the triple jump (2010) and high jump (2009), 400-meter dash (2009) and 200-meter dash (2009).
The Class of 2014 also features a trio of top-three state finishers, including Rachel Herald (Rockford, Mich.), who placed second in the high jump at the 2008 Michigan (Lower Peninsula Division I) state championship meet, Kimberly Smith (Kirtland, N.M.), who finished third in the javelin throw at the New Mexico AAAA state meet, and Libby Westfall (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who finished third in the pole vault at the Colorado 5A state championships.
Teresa Loya (Santa Maria, Calif.) finished fourth in the shot put at the 2010 California CIF state meet, while Regan Rogers (Wellsboro, Pa.) recorded a fourth-place finish in the high jump at the 2008 Pennsylvania state championships. Loya, the runner-up in the CIF Southern Section Masters meet, also finished within the top five at the 2009 state championships. Rogers, the Pennsylvania PIAA District IV champion in both the high jump and triple jump, also earned a top-five finish in the state's high jump finals (fifth, 2009).
Also joining the women's program will be distance runner Carley Gross (Tustin, Calif.), high jumper Jamielynne Hart (Westminster, Colo.), thrower Alana Piccone (Roseville, Calif.) and middle distance runner Stephaney Saari (San Antonio, Texas).
Check back with GoAirForceFalcons.com next Tuesday to meet the 25 freshmen of the men's track and field team.
Women's Track and Field Class of 2014