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MSUB track and field adds 8 Montana women

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MSU Billings Track and Field is adding eight Montana women to its 2016-17 roster, head coach Dave Coppock announced Thursday.

Coppock and assistant Jonathan Woehl welcome the following as part of a record 18 recruits in this year’s crop of Yellowjacket newcomers.

Jewlz Collins

West Yellowstone, Montana

West Yellowstone High School

Track and Field: Hurdles

Major: Health Science

Collins competed on the cross country and track and field teams for the West Yellowstone Wolverines. She earned varsity letters all four years on the track team.

She is a state champion in the 100 hurdles (15.70), 300 hurdles (46.89), and the 400 meters (59.04) and holds the school record in those events. Collins was a member of the state championship track and field team in 2015 and the runner-up in 2014.

In cross country, Collins was a top-15 athlete and all-state as well as being a member of the 2014 state championship team. She earned all-state academic honors and plans to pursue a degree in the field of health science at MSUB.

Collins on choosing MSUB: “I chose MSUB because I fell in love with the atmosphere and the feeling I got when I visited. The coaches who made this possible also made me feel very confident in my decision.”

Michaela Johnson

Billings, Montana

Billings West High School

Track and Field: Sprints, Hurdles, Relay

Major: Undecided

Johnson was a three-sport athlete at Billings West High School. For Coach Casey Marlenee, Johnson competed on the soccer field as a mid-fielder. She also ran one year of cross country as a West High Golden Bear.

For the track and field team, Johnson earned four varsity letters under the direction of Coach Rob Stanton. She was an all-conference honoree and holds the school record in the 100 meter hurdles in 15.00.

Johnson on choosing MSUB: “I chose MSUB because of the track program and this great school keeps me close to home. I also enjoy the fact that I will have the opportunity one one-on-one work with the professors, unlike other colleges.”

Miranda Livingston

Columbia Falls, Montana

Columbia Falls High School

Track and Field: Middle Distance, Relay

Major: Pre-Medicine

A quadruple sport athlete at Columbia Falls High School, Livingston earned 12 varsity letters during her prep career for the Wildcats. She was a four-time honoree in basketball and track, earned two letters in cross country, and played for one year as a forward on the soccer team.

As a point guard on the basketball team, Livingston was the team captain being honored with last year’s Hustle Award. On the track team, she was an all-conference and all-state selection. She was a member of the 4x400 meter relay state championship team, finishing in a time of 4:06. She was also a member of the 4x100 meter relay team that placed fourth at state.

With the goal of joining the medical field as a pediatrician, Livingston was an academic all-state selection in all four sports in high school and plans on taking her first step toward the profession by majoring in pre-medicine at MSUB.

Livingston on choosing MSUB: “I chose MSUB not only for the amazing opportunity to continue a sport I truly enjoy, but also for the reason that they offer a great program in my field of interest. After looking further in to the school and what it has to offer, I found myself very excited and knew it could potentially by very beneficial to my future. I have heard great things about MSUB and I am very excited to attend.”

Ella McKenzie

Livingston, Montana

Park County High School

Cross Country; Track and Field

Major: Undecided

A three-sport standout at Park County High School, McKenzie was a member of the soccer, basketball, and track and field teams during her prep career.

McKenzie was a defender for the soccer program under the direction of Coach Matt Dettori, earning two varsity letters. A guard on the basketball team, McKenzie, earned two more letters under Coach Scott Coleman.

As a member of the track and field team, McKenzie competed in the distance events and plans to be a member of both the cross country and track teams for the Yellowjackets.

At PCHS, McKenzie was a four-year all-conference honoree in track and named the Top Gun in 2015. She was a four-year letter winner for the team, and an academic all-state selection.

McKenzie on choosing MSUB: “I chose MSUB because it is a reasonable distance from home; I am able to continue the thing I love at the college level (running), and it seems to be the rights size school with good people.”

Jamie Orme

Helena High School

Helena High School/Montana State University

Track and Field: Sprints, High Jump

Major: Elementary Education

Orme was a three-year member of the track and field team at Helena High School. For the Bengals, Orme competed in the 100 meters, 200 meters, and the high jump. She was a member of the 4x100 meter relay team that advanced to the state meet 2014-16. Her first year at the state event, Orme’s relay team finished fourth.

Orme is transferring to MSUB after a year at Montana State in Bozeman, and will pursue an undergraduate degree in elementary education at MSU Billings.

Orme on choosing MSUB: “I missed track so much and when the opportunity to be a port of the Yellowjackets came up, I was more than excited!”

Catrina Schuchard

Harlowton, Montana

Harlowton High School

Track and Field

Major: Nursing

Schuchard competed in volleyball, basketball, and track and field for Harlowton High School. She earned eight varsity letters during her prep career.

A defensive specialist for the volleyball team, Schuchard played four years for Coach Allison Jones. She was also spent two seasons as a post player on the Engineers basketball squad.

For the track and field team, Schuchard was a multi-faceted competitor in both the sprints and the distance events. She was an all-conference selection for three seasons.

In the classroom, Schuchard was awarded academic all-state honors nine times across her three spots. A consistent performer, Schuchard was a member of the Honor Roll all four years of high school and a member of the National Honor Society.

Schuchard on choosing MSUB: “I chose MSUB for its size. I believe I can get that one-on-one experience with coaches and professors while still attaining a well-rounded education.”

Hailey Steinbeisser

Sidney, Montana

Sidney High School/Montana State University

Track and Field: Sprints, Throws

Major: Health and Human Performance, Teaching option

Steinbeisser is the second athlete transferring to MSUB from Montana State. A native of Sidney, Mont., Steinbeisser was a three-sport athlete in volleyball, basketball, and track and field. She was the Eagles setter and point guard for all four years.

Steinbeisser was a second team all-conference selection in basketball and chosen to play in the Treasure State Classic. In volleyball, she was an honorable mention and second team all-conference honoree.

On the track and field team, Steinbeisser competed in the throws and sprints. She placed fourth in the javelin and discus and sixth in the shot put in 2015 at the Eastern A Divisional meet.

Steinbeisser on choosing MSUB: “I really missed the sport and team atmosphere and was very excited when I contact the MSUB track and field program and could possibly be part of the team! When I was told I could be a great asset, I jumped right in and decided I wanted to be a Yellowjacket next year!”

Halie Warren

Miles City, Montana

Custer County District High School

Track and Field: Jumps

Major: Elementary Education

Halie Warren was a four-year participant on the volleyball, basketball, and track and field teams at Custer County High School. She was a middle hitter for Coach Marcy Molman and a post player for Coaches Jackie Engstrom and Aaron Essex where she served as the team’s captain.

Competing in the jumps, Warren was a two-year all-conference and all-state honoree. She earned academic all-state honors all four years in volleyball and basketball and 3-of-4 years in track.

Warren on choosing MSUB: “I chose MSUB because it is close to my family. Also, I have family in Billings. I have done track ever since junior high and feel like I could have a lot of success being a Yellowjacket.”

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