FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas Razorback women’s track and field head coach Lance Harter has announced the addition of three National Letters of Intent student-athletes for the 2010-11 season.
"Breeana Coleman, Grace Heymsfield and Amalie Skage are three great additions to our roster," head coach Lance Harter said. "Breeana adds depth in the sprints, relay and hurdle events. Grace is one of the best distance runners to come out of Arkansas in recent seasons. She has a ton of experience in cross country and on the track. Amalie has valuable international experience and has the potential to immediately contribute in the jumps. Our staff is excited about this team, in the present and what’s in store for the future."
Breeana Coleman is a native of Olathe, Kan., attends Olathe East High School and competes in the sprints and hurdle events. Coleman holds the school records in the 100 meters, the 200 meters, the 100-meter hurdles, and as a member of the 4×100-meter and 4×200-meter relays. Her personal bests are 8.77 in the 60-meter hurdles, 13.8 in the 100-meter hurdles, 7.70 in the 60 meters, 11.7 in the 100 meters and 24.5 in the 200 meters. She is a three-time state, regional and league champion.
Her accolades include mention on the Kansas All-Metro, All-Johnson County and All-Sun teams. She is a member of the three-time Olathe East Sunflower League and regional and two-time state champion team. She also lettered in basketball.
Grace Heymsfield is a native of Elkins, Ark., attends Elkins High School and competes in the middle distance and distance events. Heymsfield became the first female in Arkansas high school history to break five minutes in the 1,600 meters with a victory at the 52nd annual 2009 Arkansas Meet of Champions. Heymsfield clocked a time of 4:59.51 which eclipsed the previous Arkansas state and Meet of Champions record of 5:01.34, set by Julie Jiskra of Conway in 1986.
She has won three consecutive individual cross country state titles and was the 2009 Arkansas Class 3A state champion at 1,600 meters in 5:16.16. She also finished third in the 3,200 meters at the 2009 Arkansas Meet of Champions (11:28.86).
Amalie Skage is a native of Bergen, Norway, attends Tertnes Vidregaende and competes in the jumps events. She holds bests of 5-3 in the high jump, 19-2.5 in the long jump and 42-8.25 in the triple jump. She has also competed in the shot put (39-7.25) and the pole vault (10-11.5). Her international experience includes competition in both the Norwegian Junior and Senior Championships and the European Junior and Senior Championships.
She is a Norwegian Junior Champion in the triple jump and has also earned runner-up finishes in the triple jump and the pole vault at the Norwegian Junior and Senior National Championships.
They will join Ashley Isham (Cedar Park, Texas/distance), Diane Robison (St. Louis, Mo./distance) and Megan Weller (Frankfort, Ill./pole vault) in the 2010-11 singing class.
The Razorbacks will compete next when they host the 2010 SEC Indoor Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Championships, Feb. 26-28, at the Randal Tyson Track Center.