Nov. 16, 2006
LUBBOCK, Texas - With the completion of the early signing period, the Texas Tech track and field program has the addition of 11 newcomers, as announced by head coach Wes Kittley Thursday. Eight women and two men signed a National Letter of Intent to join the Red Raider squad next season, with one joining in January. The class includes 10 freshmen and a standout transfer from South Plains College.
For the men, the Red Raiders have added depth to sprints, hurdles, and jumps with the signings of Aaron Smith (South Plains), Gil Roberts (Milwood (Okla.) HS) and Wouter LeRoux (Pretoria, South Africa).
Jumper Smith joins Tech as a transfer from South Plains College and will be a junior for the Red Raiders next fall. The Seagraves, Texas, native was the 2006 USA Junior and NJCAA national champion in the long jump. He finished fifth at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, China, and currently holds the South Plains long jump record with a distance of 26'-4.25". In 2005, he championed the 1A State long jump as a senior in high school. His personal best triple jump distance is 51'-4".
Roberts signs with Tech as a 200M and 400M specialist from Milwood High in Oklahoma City, Okla. In 2006, he won the 400M race at the AAU National meet with a personal best time of 47.04. Roberts placed second at the Great SW Classic in the 400M. Track and Field News ranked Roberts the nation's No. 4 fastest junior. While in high school, he took the title at the 3A State meet in the 200M, 400M, 400M relay and 1600M relay.
LeRoux is a native of Pretoria, South Africa, and has competed in the 200M, 400M and 400M hurdles. He finished sixth at the 2004 World Junior Championships in the 400M hurdles and second as a member of the 4x400M South African relay squad. The relay time of 3:04.50 set a new African Junior record. His personal bests include: 49.25 in the 400M hurdles, 47.10 in the 400M and 21.51 in the 200M.
Eight women will join the women's track and field squad as freshman in the fall of 2007. The team welcomes the addition of four distance runners, two pole vaulters, an 800M specialist and a 400M/high jumper.
Addison LeMaster comes to Texas Tech from Tulia High in Tulia, Texas. She will compete in distance running after participating in cross country and the 800M and 400M during her prep years. At the 2006 2A State cross country meet, LeMaster took the top spot with a run of 11:37.10. Her best time in cross country was at the 2005 2A State meet when she finished as the runner up with a clocking of 11:32. At the 2006 2A State track and field competition, she finished second in the 800M and fifth in the 400M.
Chelsea Ervi, a Salado, Texas, native, will also compete in distance runs. Thus far at Salado High, Ervi has taken 11th place at the 2006 2A State cross country event with a time of 12:03. She also finished fourth in the 1600M competition at 2A State with a time of 5:10.36.
Katherine Priebe signs with the Red Raiders out of Midland High in Midland, Texas. Another distance runner, Priebe finished second at the district meet in Abilene with a time of 12:23. At the 2005 State cross country meet, she clocked her personal best time of 11:31.30.
Also signing on to compete in distance events is Kayla Sayegh, a Cedar Park, Texas, native. While competing for Cedar Park High, Sayegh finished 39th at the State 5A cross country competition with a time of 11:50.75. At district track in April 2006, she clocked her personal best time in the 1600M with a clocking of 5:23.
Pole vaulter Katie Veith joins Tech from Homestead High in Fort Wayne, Ind. She ranked as the No. 1 high school pole vaulter in the United States in both indoor and outdoor in 2006. Veith is only the second high school athlete to vault 14' indoors in U.S. history. She is a two-time USA Junior Olympic champion, the 2006 Nike Indoor and Outdoor High School National champion and also took the pole vault title at the indoor and outdoor Indiana State competition. Honors for Veith include being named the 2006 DyeStat Female Athlete of the Year in pole vault and the 2006 Gatorade Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Jessica Gibbs is also a pole vaulting addition for the Red Raiders. She is a skilled athlete in different facets as she was a 2006 All-American cheerleader and also a 2004 Texas Power Lifting medalist. A current student at Jim Ned High in Abilene, Texas, Gibbs was the 2006 Texas 2A State champion in pole vault. At the same competition, she was a state finalist for the 4x200M and 4x400M relay teams.
Kearci Jobe inks with Tech as a senior at Central High in Keller, Texas. An 800M specialist, Jobe also has competed in the high jump and 400M for her high school team. Her personal best time in the 800M occurred at the 4A State Championships when she took the title in a time of 2:12.0. Her greatest high jump mark is 5'-6", which was done as a high school freshman at the district meet.
Kelsey Lloyd, an Amarillo High senior in Amarillo, Texas, will compete in the 400M and high jump next year for the Red Raiders. During her prep years, she has broke several school and meet records, including Amarillo High's 400M, 4x400M and 4x200M relay records. Her personal best 400M time and current school record is a clocking of 56.3. She was district champion in the event in 2004, 2005 and 2006. In the high jump, Lloyd holds the West Texas Relays record with a height of 5'-8". She was the 2006 State silver medalist in the high jump as she recorded a height of 5'-8". Her personal best height is 5'-8.5", which Lloyd notched at the 2005 Great Southwest Track and Field Meet.
Aaron Smith, Seagraves, Texas (Seagraves High/South Plains College)
Gil Roberts, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (Milwood High)
Wouter LeRoux, Pretoria, South Africa
Addison LeMaster, Tulia, Texas (Tulia High)
Chelsea Ervi, Salado, Texas (Salado High)
Katherine Priebe, Midland, Texas (Midland High)
Kayla Sayegh, Cedar Park, Texas (Cedar Park High)
Katie Veith, Fort Wayne, Ind. (Homestead High)
Jessica Gibbs, Abilene, Texas (Jim Ned High)
Kearci Jobe, Keller, Texas (Central High)
Kelsey Lloyd, Amarillo, Texas (Amarillo High)