Track And Field Announces Seven Additional Members To 2006-07 Recruiting Class

Nov. 28, 2005


University of Kansas track and field head coach Stanley Redwine has announced the signing of a pair of top-ranked prep athletes, highlighting a list of seven additional signees for the 2006-07 season. The group includes Lauren Bonds, Kelsey Erb, Bret Imgrund, Britany Parker, Jack Sachse, Kellie Schnieder and Cassi Sokol. They join pole vaulter Jordan Scott, bringing the 2006-07 recruiting class to a total of eight student-athletes who have signed National Letters of Intent.

The class is headlined by local product Jack Sachse, the nation’s No. 1 senior in the 800m, Britany Parker, the top-ranked women’s pole vaulter in the country and Jordan Scott, one of the highest-ranked men’s pole vaulters in the nation.

Lauren Bonds (Hutchinson, Kan./Hutchinson HS) will look to provide immediate help in cross country. She finished fourth overall and was the top senior at the 2005 6A cross country meet. In addition to finishing second in the 800m and third in the 1600m at last year’s 6A state track and field meet, she also ran the second leg on the 1600m relay team that finished in second place.

Kelsey Erb (Bucklin, Kan./Bucklin HS) is set to begin her senior season as the Kansas two-time defending champion in the high jump. Erb owns Bucklin High School’s records in the high jump (5-8), triple jump (37-4) and the long jump (17-9). In addition to winning the state championship in the high jump the past two years, Erb has also finished second in the triple jump and third in the long jump at the previous two state championship meets.

Bret Imgrund (Shawnee, Kan./Shawnee Mission Northwest), another Kansas product, was the 2005 6A runner up at the state cross country meet and owns a 5k personal record of 15:49. Imgrund was also the third-place finisher in the 3200m at the Kansas 6A track and field championships. He will look to help the cross country team right away as a freshman.

Britany Parker (McKinney, Texas/McKinney HS) will come to Kansas as the nation’s No. 1 ranked pole vaulter, with a personal best mark of 13-6.25. She is just 2.75 inches off the high school outdoor national record and 7.75 inches off the indoor national record. Parker was the 2005 Texas Relays champion and the 2005 Texas 4A district, regional and state champion in her event. She is also the Texas state record holder in the pole vault with a jump of 13-3 and should have an immeidate impact at the NCAA level.

Jack Sachse (Ottawa, Kan./Ottawa HS), who owns a PR of 1:51.73 in the 800m, is the defending Kansas 5A champion in the 800m and was the runner up at the state meet as a sophomore in the same event. In addition to being the No. 1 senior in the country in the 800m, Sachse holds the Kansas Frontier League record. Sachse was a member of the 4x400m relay team that finished second at the Kansas state meet last season and is also a two-time Kansas state qualifier in cross country.

Kellie Schnieder (Pleasant Prairie, Wis./Tremper HS), one of the top seniors in Wisconsin, should also help contribute to the cross country team as a freshman. She comes to KU as the fifth-place finisher in the 2005 Division-I state cross country meet. Schnieder was also a qualifier in the state track and field meet in the 1600m and the 3200m last year as a junior.

Jordan Scott (Watkinsville, Ga./Oconee County HS) is one of the nation’s most talented pole vaulters. Scott has the second highest jump in the country for a high school student-athlete this season (17-01.25). He also holds the distinction of being the highest vaulter in the history of the state of Georgia. Additionally, Scott will bring international experience to the Jayhawk program. He was the national champion at the Junior Olympics in Indianapolis this past summer as well as the fifth-place finisher at the World Youth Championships in Marrakech, Morocco.

Cassi Sokol (Urbandale, Iowa/Urbandale HS) is one the top seniors in Iowa in cross country and will look to make an immediate contribution to the team. She finished sixth at the 4A cross country championships and owns a 4k PR of 14:29. At last year’s state track and field championships, Sokol finished second in both the 1500m and the 800m. She was also a member of her school’s fourth-place 3200m relay team and the second-place distance medley relay team, running the anchor in both events.