WAYNE – As sporting events started to come to a halt in mid-March, college coaches across the country were looking to finalize their upcoming recruiting classes for the next season.
According to a release from the Wayne State Athletics Department, the Wildcat women’s and men’s track & field team did so in adding to their team for the 2020-21 academic year which included a few northeast Nebraska high school standouts.
On the women’s side, Kelsey Larson from Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur (BRLD) signed her national letter of intent Thursday afternoon. She’ll join Jercey Irish of Lexington, Makenna Taake from Battle Creek and Reilly Young of Greeley as members of the 2020 recruiting class.
Larsen is a three-sport standout (volleyball, basketball and track and field) during her high school career for the Wolverines. Last spring as a junior, she placed seventh in the Class C 800-meter run with a time of 2:25.37. Larsen was a Class C state qualifier in the 400-meter dash and 800-meter run as a sophomore and in the 800 and 1600-meter runs during her freshman season. She was the 800-meter champion at the 2019 East Husker Conference Meet and Norfolk Track and Field Classic.
In basketball, Larsen was a two-time Class C2 All-State honorable mention selection and helped BRLD reach the state tournament this year while earning All-East Husker Conference honors and was a three-year starter in volleyball.
The Wildcat men’s track & field team saw three signees announced Thursday afternoon being Cody Crosley from Crofton, Dylan Kneifl of Pilger and Kolton Needham from Bassett. This brings the total of 2020 recruits on the men’s team to eight joining John Campbell of Grand Island, Noah Carr from Allen, Zacob Evans of Elwood, Collin Kotz from Papillion and Abe Schroeder of Ravenna.
Cody Crosley was a three-sport standout at Crofton High School, starting three years in football and basketball to go with four years in track and field. Last season as a junior, Crosley finished fifth in the Class C long jump at 20’ 4 ½” and holds the school record in the event at 21’ 11”. He was also an All-Mid State Conference football selection and played on the Class C2 state runner up team at Crofton as a freshman.
Dylan Kneifl is a high jumper from Wisner-Pilger High School, starting three years in track and field and football and two years in basketball. Last spring, Kneifl was the Class C state champion in the high jump clearing 6’ 6” and is a three-time Class C state qualifier in the event. He was named to the Norfolk Daily News All-Area Basketball Second Team this season as a senior and helped the Gators reach the Class D1 state football playoffs the past two seasons.
Kolton Needham is a hurdler/sprinter from North Central High School in Bassett, helping his team to a Class D state runner up finish in track and field last year and a third-place finish in 2018. Last spring, Needham was a state qualifier in the 110- and 300-meter hurdles while running a leg on the fourth place 4 x 400-meter relay team. He was also a state qualifier in both hurdle events as a sophomore in 2018.
Needham holds the school record in the 300 meter hurdles and has the second-fastest time in the 110 hurdles. He was also a two-time All-Niobrara Valley Conference selection in basketball.