July 16, 2007
Houston - Nine men's track and field athletes, including a state champion discus thrower, have signed national letters-of-intent with Rice and will join the Owls in the fall, head coach Jon Warren announced Monday.
The group includes six Texas schoolboys, two from the Houston area, as well as two from Massachusetts and one from Arizona.
"This signing class gives us a lot more depth," Warren said. "We added athletes in several event areas, and we think they will be able to score at the conference level immediately."
Here's a look at the signees:
Clay Baker, Longview/ Pine Tree High School
Baker was the Texas all class state champion in the discus with a throw of 189-3. He also finished second in the 4-A shot put with a throw of 55-9.25. He had a season best in the shot put of 59-6. Baker was a standout football player at Pine tree. In addition Baker, an excellent student, was the Texas accounting state champion.
Connor Hayes, Nauset, Massachusetts/ Nauset Regional School
Hayes a standout sprinter and jumper, was the Massachusetts division 1 east state long jump champion with a jump of 21-5, and was the runner-up in the 200m with a season best of 22.41. He placed 7th in the long jump and 11th in the 200m at the MIAA all-state meet. Hayes will train as a decathlete for the Owls.
Shea Kearney, Phoenix, Arizona/ Desert Vista High School
Kearney was a key player on the Desert Vista track team that was named the Nike Web national champions this season. Kearney helped lead the Desert Vista team to the 5-A state championship by capturing the pole vault title, setting the Arizona state meet record with a jump of 16-4.75. Kearney is the cousin of Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Brandon Stokely and US national champion aerial skier Kate Reed.
Greg King, San Antonio/ Alamo Heights High School
King competed in the 800 and 1600 meters for Alamo Heights. He finish third in the 1600m at the 4-A district 27 meet to qualify for 4-A Region IV meet where he finished 16th with a time of 4:42.33.
William Meyers, Sugar Land/ Fort Bend Austin High School
Meyers will join the team as a shot putter, and hammer thrower. In 2007 he placed fifth in shot put at the 5-A Region III meet with a throw of 52-4. Meyers has a personal best of 55-11.75 which he set while winning the 5-A Region III title in 2006
Ugo Nduaguba, Boston, Massachusetts/ George Washington University (JD O'Bryant School of Mathematics)
Nduaguba will join the Owls after spending a year attending George Washington University. A relative newcomer to the sport, Nduaguba set the Massachusetts state division 3 triple jump record by jumping 47-6 in just his first year of organized competition. Nduaguba holds a personal best of 48-2 set while competing unattached this season.
Jacob Owolabi, Sugarland/ Fort Bend Austin High School
Owolabi, the 5-A district 23 champion in the 800 meters, will join his high school teammate William Meyer as a member of the Owls track team. He recorded a personal best of 1:55.55 in the prelims of the 5-A region III meet in which he placed seventh.
Garrett Stafford, San Antonio/ Churchill High School
Stafford will be a welcome addition to the talented Owls pole vault squad. Stafford has a personal best in the pole vault of 15 feet, set this summer. Stafford was named first team academic all-state in 2007.
Michael Trejo, Dallas/ Greenhill High School
Trejo was the 2006 SPC state champion in cross country, and the 2007 state champion in the 1600 and 3200 with times of 4:28.82 and 9:38.2 respectively. He also ran on Greenhill's 4x 800 meter and 4x 400 meter relays which both finished fifth.