PUEBLO, Colo. (December 19, 2017) - Colorado State University-Pueblo Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Matt Morris inked seven student-athletes to NCAA National Letters of Intent during the signing period in November.
All signees are contingent upon admission to CSU-Pueblo and compliance with NCAA rules, including certification by the NCAA Eligibility Center.
On the women's side, the Pack have signed Heather Graham (Hugo, Colo.), Emily Gueller (Lucas, Texas), Malyka Medina (Alamosa, Colo.), Claire Pauley (Arvada, Colo.) and Alia Vigil (Gallina, N.M.). For the men, Benjamin Highfill (Pueblo, Colo.) and Cole Muñoz (Colorado Springs, Colo.) have committed to the team for 2018-19.
Heather Graham, Throws, Hugo, Colo., Genoa-Hugo HS
Genoa-Hugo HS: A three-sport athlete, named All-State in track and field three straight seasons (2015-17) … 1A State Shot Put Champion in 2017 and state runner-up in both 2015 and 2016 … Owns a personal best throw of 40' 5.5" … A 1A state qualifier in the discus, where she placed third in 2017, fourth in 2016 and fifth in 2015 … Owns a personal best throw of 128' 3" … All-State and two-time all-conference performer in volleyball and named All-Union Pacific League in basketball twice.
Personal: Daughter of Terry and Kimberly Graham … Sister, Brittney, competed in track and field at Chadron State … Proposed physical therapy major at CSU-Pueblo.
Assistant Coach Jess Horsley Quote: "Heather is a very versatile and talented thrower. She comes from a strong throwing family, sister threw at Chadron State, and she has shown signs of surpassing her. She also played multiple varsity sports in high school. She will fit in well with the group of throwers we have now, and am very excited to see what she can do here as a Thunderwolf."
Emily Gueller, Distance, Lucas, Texas, Lovejoy HS
Lovejoy HS: Spent four years on varsity cross country and track and field squads and served as captain for XC … Helped the cross country team qualify for four regional championships and two district runner-up titles … Owns the school record in the 2K steeplechase with a time of 7:59.97 … Personal best times include: 5K – 20:18, 2 miles – 12:25, 1 mile – 5:45 … A member of the National Honor Society.
Personal: Daughter of Jeff and Misty Gueller … Proposed business major.
Morris Quote: "Emily is a hard worker, with valuable experience in the steeplechase. She is a great student and tough competitor, and we are excited to add her to our Pack family."
Benjamin Highfill, Distance, Pueblo, Colo., Pueblo South HS
Pueblo South HS: A state qualifier as a junior in the 3200m run and with the 4x100m relay team … Finished sixth at the state meet in the 3200m with a time of 9:47.17 … Won the Pueblo City-County Championships in the 3200m and 1600m (second in the 800m) … Ran with the 4x800m relay team at the Class 4A State Championships as a sophomore … Has recorded personal best times of: 5000m – 16:25, 3200m – 9:46, 1600m – 4:31.
Personal: Son of John and Michelle Highfill … Proposed biology major at CSU-Pueblo.
Morris Quote: "We are very excited Ben chose to be a Thunderwolf. Ben has run very competitive times in both the 1600m and 3200m here in Colorado at high elevation, and has finished in the top 10 at the state cross country meet. Ben is an outstanding student, and will be a great addition to our program."
Malyka Medina, Sprints, Alamosa, Colo., Center HS
Center HS: Qualified for the Class 2A State Championships as a junior in the 100m, 200m and long jump … Placed seventh in the 100m with a time of 12.95 and was eighth in the 200m with a time of 27.06 … Was ninth in the long jump … Placed sixth in the long jump at the state meet as a sophomore … During her prep career has been named Athlete of the Year and Most Valuable Player in 2016 and 2017 … Also qualified in the 100m and 200m … Has recorded personal bests of: 100m – 12.88, 200m – 27.06, long jump – 16' 4.75" … A varsity member of the basketball team.
Personal: Daughter of Jake Medina and Ruthie Trias … Proposed chemistry/pre-pharmacy major at CSU-Pueblo.
Morris Quote: "Malyka is a versatile who can compete in both horizontal jumps and all the sprint races. We really like the way Malyka competes, and we anticipate her having success right away at this level. She has a lot of energy, and we are eager to get her on campus and get going."
Cole Muñoz, Distance, Colorado Springs, Colo., Widefield HS
Widefield HS: Earned All-State honors in cross country as a junior and senior … Placed eighth at the State Championships as a senior and seventh as a junior … Named all-area the last two seasons and is a four-time All-Colorado Springs Metro League award winner (first team three times) in cross country … Owns a personal best time of 15:33 in the 5K … Ran a PR in the 3200m to place 10th at the state meet as a junior … Named all-league in track as a junior.
Personal: Son of Mark and Nicole Muñoz … Father, Mark, played basketball at Fort Lewis … Proposed mass communications major at CSU-Pueblo.
Morris Quote: "Signing Cole is a huge addition to our program. Cole had an outstanding cross country season this year, finishing first at his regional meet, 8th at the state meet, and winning his race at the Nike regional meet in Arizona. He starting to look very comfortable at the front of races, and we are confident he can come in and help us right away."
Claire Pauley, Distance, Arvada, Colo., Arvada West HS
Arvada West HS: Honored as All-Jefferson County in cross country in 2015, 2016 and 2017 … Won the Jefferson County League Championship in the 3200m run as a junior … Has personal best times of: 5K – 18:29, 1600m – 5:23, 3200m – 11:27.
Personal: Daughter of Guy and Gina Pauley … Brother, Cooper, competes in cross country and track and field at Monmouth College … Undecided on an academic major at CSU-Pueblo.
Morris Quote: "Claire is a critical piece for the success of our distance program and she has all the tools to come right and in contribute as a freshman. She is talented and tough, and is coming off an outstanding senior season in cross country. We are very excited for her to join our program."
Alia Vigil, Sprints, Gallina, N.M., Coronado HS
Coronado HS: Was the 2016 NMAA A State Champion in the 400m dash as a sophomore … Also at the 2016 state meet she finished second in the 200m and fourth in the 100m … Honored as all-district 2016-17 … An injury forced her to miss competing as a junior … Member of the National Honor Society since 2014 … Academic all-district in 2016-17 … Recorded personal bests of: 100m – 14.01, 200m – 27.84, 400m – 1:03.51 … Also a member of the varsity basketball and volleyball teams.
Personal: Daughter of Robert Vigil … Proposed biology/pre-med major at CSU-Pueblo.
Morris Quote: "Alia is another versatile athlete, who plays multiple varsity sports. She has competitive sprint times at her state level, and we are excited to see how she progresses her at CSU Pueblo focusing specifically on track and field."
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As a member of the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, Colorado State University – Pueblo competes in 22 varsity sports in NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletics.