Jul 3, 2012 4:38 PM by Scott Breen - Q2 Sports
BOZEMAN - Montana State Track and Field has announced the signing of five throwers to National Letters of Intent with the Bobcats.
Four men and one woman highlight the new incoming class, which will add depth to a very talented crew that saw four individual Big Sky Championship titles and nine top-three finishes in 2012.
Charlo native Dawn Blevins is the lone female signed to throw, after earning four letters each in volleyball, basketball and track and field.
Most recently, she placed third in the javelin at the Montana Class C Championships with a throw of 123-01. She was also named the Girls' Field Athlete MVP for all classes at the Missoula County Meet. She was also a four-year member of the Honor Roll and was named Academic All-State for three years.
"Dawn really possesses a lot of raw talent," said assistant coach Mike Carignan. "Her experience and training here should really develop those talents quickly and we look forward to her potential."
Clay Guinn is one of four men signed with MSU for the 2012-13 academic year. Guinn comes to MSU from Brandon, S.D. where he earned three letters for the Lynx of Brandon Valley High School. He was the South Dakota AA State Champion in the discus and boasts a person best distance of 171-03 in the event.
Off the field, he was named a First Team All-State Academic selection and was a member of the high honor roll.
Jarek Jensen, from Bellingham, Wash., earned three letters in football and four in track and field and boasts a hefty resume from his tenure at Squalicum High School. Jensen capped off his senior year with a state title in the shot put with a lifetime best throw of 54-11 and then placed sixth in the discus. His best in the discus sits at 153-05. He went on to be named his team's MVP for track and field and also received the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association (WIAA) Distinguished Scholastic Award all four years at Squalicum.
In addition to track he excelled in football, earning Northwest Athletic Conference First Team honors as a junior and senior.
Conner Kelly is from nearby Red Lodge, Mont. and earned three letters each in track and field and football for the Red Lodge Rams. Kelly also closed out his high school career as a state champion, taking the javelin at the Class B Championships with a lifetime best hurl of 190-09, which also set a new school record. He competed at the state meet in three of his four seasons for the Rams and also placed fifth in the javelin his junior season at the state meet. He was an Academic All-State selection, as well.
Calvin Root is the fourth in this talented group of men's throwers. Root is from Gilbert, Ariz. where he earned three letters in track and field and one in marching band at Mesquite High. He set new school record in the shot put with a distance of 55-02.25, as well as the discus with 160-05. He placed sixth in the shot put and 10th in the discus at the Arizona 5A Division I State Championships. As a senior he earned the Wildcat Pride Award for his efforts on the Wildcat Track Team.
Root is also an Eagle Scout.
"All four of these men will begin their college careers with experience at high levels of competition," said Carignan. "Their last high school meets consisted of lifetime best performances and three state championship titles in their respective events. That tells us a lot about their potential and momentum coming into their collegiate debuts."