Athletics adds three to 2022 signing class

MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Kansas State Athletics and Cross Country Program has signed three more student-athletes with National Letters of Intent (NLIs) for the 2022-23 season, Director of Athletics and Cross Country. country Cliff Rovelto announced Wednesday morning (March 5).

Two of the individuals are from Kansas while one will arrive from Florida.

Originally from Miami, Florida, Tamaiah Kooncé will join the Wildcats in the fall of 2022. Recording a personal best 12.88m / 42-3.25 in the shot put, Koonce placed fifth overall at the Florida Relays from March 31-April 2. Koonce also threw a personal best 42.16m / 138-4 in the discus during Sam Burley’s Hall of Fame Invitational on March 4-5 and placed first.

“We are very happy to welcome Tamaiah to our program, the assistant coach said. Greg Watson. “It’s been great getting to know her and her family during the recruiting process. She’s very raw athletically and has the tools to be a high-performing competitor, but her character and personality have changed. really stood out for us.”

Cecilia Fisher of Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, Kansas placed 10th at the 2021 KSHSAA State Cross Country Meet with a time of 18:48.7. At the same meet, she was named to the Class 6A All-State Team.

“Cecilia Fisher had a strong senior cross country season finishing 10and to the state, said the assistant coach and head cross country coach Ryun Godfrey. “Plus, she’s had four races where she ran in under 19 minutes. We can’t wait for Cecilia to join us.”

The last additional signatory is Katie Schwartzkopf of Shawnee, Kansas. Schwartzkopf comes from Mill Valley High School and ran 18:00.30 at the Rim Rock Invitational hosted by Kansas in 2021. Her time ranks sixth in the competition’s top ten, just behind the current K-State student-athlete Jaybe Shufelberger. The Rim Rock Invitational was held at Rim Rock Farm in Lawrence, Kansas, which is a tough course for cross-country racers. Closing out the cross country season, Schwartzkopf placed first at the state championships with a time of 17:51.8.

“Katie Schwartzkopf had an outstanding senior cross country season winning the state championships in 17:51.8,” said Godfrey. “In addition, Katie finished second in the Rim Rock Invitational and finished the course in 18:00.30. Her time ranks in the top 10 all-time for the historic cross-country course. We can’t wait for Katie to join. ours.”

Below are full profiles of each of the three signers who will join K-State in the fall of 2022:

Tamaiah Kooncé | Miami, Florida | North Miami Senior HS | Spear

  • Personal bests: shot put (12.88m/42-3.25), discus throw (42.16m/138-4)
  • 2021 First Place Recipient for Shot Put at FHSAA 4A Region 4
  • 2021 First Place Recipient in Shot Put and Discus Throw at FHSAA 4A District 15

Cecilia Fisher | Overland Park, Kansas | Blue Valley Northwest HS | Distance

  • Placed 10and at the KSHSAA State Cross Country Meet
  • Earned a spot on the All-State XC Team for 6A

Katie Schwartzkopf | Shawnee, Kansas | Mill Valley HS | Distance

  • Raced at 6:00.30 at the Rim Rock Invitational
  • Ranked sixth all-time for the course.
  • Placed first in the state with a time of 17:51.8

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