WAYNE – As the Wayne State College women’s and men’s track & field teams have a few meets remaining before outdoor competition, next year’s group of student-athletes were announced.
According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics office, three signees will join the women’s program and another five for the men during the 2020-21 season.
The women who signed their national letters of intent were Jersey Irish of Lexington, Makenna Taake from Battle Creek and Reilly Young of Greeley.
Irish is a sprinter from Lexington High School where she was a four-year starter in softball and three year letter winner and starter in track and field. As a junior last season, Irish was a Class B state qualifier in three events – 100 and 200-meter dashes and 400-meter relay. In 2018 as a sophomore, she also qualified for state in the 100 and 200-meter dashes and ran a leg on the seventh place 400-meter relay and was a state qualifier in two events – 100-meter dash and 400 meter relay (5th place) – as a freshman. In softball, Irish was a two-time All-Southwest Conference honoree in softball.
Taake is a jumper from Battle Creek High School where she lettered four years in track and field, three in basketball and two in volleyball. Taake is the reigning Class C state champion in the long jump (17’ 9 ½”) and was also a state qualifier in the triple jump while running a leg on the eighth place 400-meter relay team. As a sophomore in 2018, she placed fourth in the long jump (16’ 4 ¾”) and seventh in the triple jump (35’ ½”) and was a state qualifier in both events as a freshman in 2017 placing eighth in the long jump (15’ 7 ½”).
Young is a thrower from Central Valley High School where she has started four years in softball and track and field and one season in basketball. Young is a two-time Class D state runner up in the discus as a freshman and junior and was fifth in her sophomore year at 120’ 11”. She is also a two-time state qualifier in the shot put. Young is a Class C All-State honorable mention selection in softball, hitting 10 home runs as a senior, seven as a junior and five as a sophomore.
The five joining the Wildcat men’s team will be John Campbell of Grand Island, Noah Carr from Allen, Zacob Evans of Elwood, Collin Kotz from Papillion and Abe Schroeder of Ravenna.
John Campbell is a distance runner from Grand Island Northwest High School where he was a two-year starter in cross country and track and field. As a senior, Campbell earned a 15th place medal at the Class B State Cross Country Meet with a time of 17:00, helping his team to a sixth-place finish. Campbell earned All-Nebraska Central Conference and All-State Honors in cross country as a senior.
Noah Carr is a sprinter from Allen High School where he was multi-sport stand out in football, basketball and track and field. Last season as a junior Carr earned four medals at the Class D State Track Meet, placing third in the 200-meter dash (22.84) and eighth in the 100-meter dash (11.58) while also running legs on the second place 1600-meter relay and fourth place 400-meter relay team for the Eagles. Carr also medaled in two events (1600- and 3200-meter relays) as a sophomore. Car also excelled in basketball where he earned All-Lewis and Clark Conference Honors and was honorable mention in football as a senior.
Zacob Evans is a sprinter from Elwood High School where he was a four-year starter in football, basketball, and track and field. As a junior, Evans placed third in the 100-meter dash (11.24), fifth in 200-meter dash (23.11) and eighth in the 400-meter dash (56.64) in the Class D State Track. Evans was a state qualifier in the two-mile as a freshman. He received All-Fort Kearney Conference Academic Honors, NCPA Academic All-State and Lincoln Journal Star Academic All-State Honors for track in 2019.
Collin Kotz is a distance runner from Papillion LaVista High School where he was a starter in both track and cross country. As a sophomore, Kotz was able to help his cross-country team place eighth overall in Class A State Cross Country and was a two-year State Cross Country qualifier.
Abe Schroeder is a distance runner from Ravenna High School who will compete in cross country and track and field at Wayne State. He is a two-time Class D State Cross Country qualifier earning First Team All-Lou Platte Conference Honors as a senior and Second Team Honors as a junior. Schroeder also excels in the classroom earning NCPA Academic All-State Honors in cross country and track and field.