Eastern New Mexico University track coach Eric Boll has announced the signing of 11 men and eight women to national letters of intent for the 2006-07 school year.
“This is probably the strongest recruiting class I’ve had as far as talent,” said Boll, entering his fourth season as ENMU’s track coach. “We have several state champions from New Mexico.”
In-state newcomers for the men’s team are Tanner Fickling and Jacob Jones of Clovis, Steve Aragon of Los Lunas, Kenyatta Carter of Belen, Jonathon Tafoya of Santa Fe (Santa Fe Indian School) and Laine Fuller, Robert Griego and Matthew Miller of Bloomfield. Texas signees are Jonathon Bull of Carrollton (Newmann-Smith H.S.), Jeremy Ferguson of Conroe and Justin Paeltz of Amarillo (Tascosa).
Boll expects Aragon, Bull, Carter and Griego to help the Greyhounds in field events.
“We have some good recruits for the field events,” Boll said. “We’ve picked up strength in that area, and should be able to do well in the Lone Star Conference.”
Aragon was a four-time Class 5A state qualifier in javelin, winning the state championship as a senior, while Bull placed fifth in 5A in shot put. Meantime, Carter earned back-to-back Class 3A state titles in triple jump, while Griego won a pair of 3A titles in javelin.
Fickling qualified for 5A state competition in several events as a senior at Clovis while Jones, a 2005 CHS grad, made it in the 400, the 1,600 relay and the 800 relay as a senior. Fuller, Miller and Tafoya were all versatile athletes in high school and qualified for state in several events.
Ferguson placed third in two relays in Texas district competition, while Paeltz won two state district titles as a senior at Tascosa.
In-state women’s signees are Melissa Clark and Vanessa O’Neal of Clovis, Deidra Brown of Bloomfield, Savannah Gill of Farmington, Hannah Rhoten of Albuquerque and Heather Schaus of Los Lunas. Texas signees are Christina Garza of Idalou and Kandus Meaker of Panhandle.
Boll said Brown, a Class 3A state champion in shot put and discus, and Rhoten, a combined five-time state runnerup in Class 4A long jump and triple jump, should give the Zias’ field events an immediate boost.
Clark, a distance runner, and O’Neal, a sprinter, were members of Clovis’ 5A girls state track championship in May. Clark was also CHS’ most valuable runner in cross country as a sophomore, while O’Neal also helped the Lady Wildcats win a 5A state championship in basketball in 2005.
Garza reached Texas small-school regional competition in several events three times, while Gill lettered for three years at Farmington in long jump and triple jump. Meaker lettered in track all four years at Panhandle, reaching Texas 2A state competition as a sophomore and advanced to regionals three times, while Schaus earned three letters in track at Los Lunas.