FAYETTEVILLE – Arkansas Razorback women’s cross country and track and field head coach Lance Harter, associate head coach Rolando Greene and assistant coach Bryan Compton will welcome a large group of elite student-athletes to their squads for the 2010-11 academic year and athletic season.
Ashley Isham is a native of Cedar Park, Texas and competes in the middle distance and distance events. She holds personal bests of 4:53.08 in the mile and 10:37.17 in the 3,200 meters. She is a two-time district and regional champion in cross country, a two-time district and regional champion at 3,200 meters, a district and regional champion at 1,600 meters and the 2008 Texas 4A State Champion at 1,600 and 3,200 meters. Isham holds the Vista Ridge school records in the 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters.
Diane Robison is a native of St. Louis, Mo. and competes in the middle distance and distance events. She holds personal bests of 2:17 in the 800 meters, 4:56.34 in the 1,600 meters, 10:10.16 in the 3,000 meters and 10:33.91 in the 3,200 meters. At the 2009 Missouri State Championships, she ran on the title-winning 4×800-meter relay, finished third in the 1,600 meters and finished second in the 3,200 meters. She competed at the 2008 and 2009 Footlocker National and Regional Championships, the 2009 Nike Outdoor National Championships, the 2009 USATF World Youth Trials and the 2008 Junior Olympic Championships.
"Ashley Isham and Diane Robison will add depth in the distance crew and I see both of them running a variety of open and relay events for us," Harter said. "They are also both proven cross country runners on the national level."
Megan Weller is a native of Frankfort, Ill. and competes in the pole vault. She holds a personal best of 13-1, which ranked No. 6 in the nation in 2009. She is the defending Illinois State Champion in the pole vault where she cleared her personal best. Weller competed at the 2009 Nike Indoor National Championships, is a three-time state championships qualifier in the pole vault and holds the school records for the indoor (12-9) and outdoor (13-1) pole vaults.
"Megan Weller is a great young and consistent pole vaulter," Harter said. "We have the best vault crew in the nation, led by Bryan Compton, and I really think she’ll fit in perfectly with the vaulters we have on campus."
Breeana Coleman is a native of Olathe, Kan. 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 three-time member of the Olathe East Sunflower League and regional team and two-time state champion team.
Grace Heymsfield is a native of Elkins, Ark. 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 from 1986. She won three-consecutive individual cross country state titles and was the 2009 Arkansas Class 3A state champion at 1,600 meters.
Amalie Skage is a native of Bergen, Norway and competes in the jumps events. She holds bests of 19-2.5 in the long jump and 42-8.25 in the triple jump. 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.
"Breeana adds depth in the sprints, relay and hurdle events," Harter said. "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."
Kirstie Hesseltine is a native of Springdale, Ark. and competes in the high jump. She holds a personal best and Har-Ber school record of 5-8 from the Arkansas 7A West Conference Championships. She was a three-time all-state honoree in volleyball and a 2010 all-state honoree in track and field.
Rebecca Gorden is a native of Connell, Wash. and graduated from Connell High School where she lettered in soccer, volleyball, basketball, track and field. Gorden will come to the Razorbacks from Brigham Young University. She competes in the javelin and holds a personal best of 144-11.
"We continue to enhance our roster in events that are our strengths," Harter said. "With Rebecca Gorden, she will contribute in an area we have been quiet at in the past. Our signing class is really adding to our ability to compete successfully at the SEC and NCAA levels."
Danielle Nowell is a native of Ardmore, Okla. and competes in the pole vault. She holds a personal best of 12-6. She won a state title, earned all-state honors and broke the state meet pole vault record.
Ivanique Kemp is a native of Nassau, Bahamas, is a transfer from Seton Hall and competes in the sprints and hurdles. She holds bests of 13.79 in the 100-meter hurdles, 11.75 in the 100 meters and 24.77 in the 200 meters. While at Seton Hall, she finished fifth in the Big East Indoor 60-meter hurdles (8.51) and third at the ECAC Indoor 60-meter hurdles (8.47). On the international level, she competed at the 2008-10 Carifta Games, the 2009 Pan American games and the 2010 World Junior Championships.
Rachel Carpino is a native of Lee’s Summit, Mo. and is a Chancellor’s Scholar. She holds prep bests of 5:32.36 in the 1,600 meters, 11:38.30 in the 3,200 meters, 15:36 over 4,000 meters and 19:07.16 at 5,000 meters. At her 2010 conference championships, she placed third in the 3,200 meters and eighth in the 1,600 meters. She followed up with a fourth-place finish at the district meet and a fifth-place finish at the sectional meet in the 3,200 meters. During the 2009 cross country seas, she placed second at the conference meet, fourth at the district meet, seventh at the sectional meet and 13th at the state championships.
Bethany Hyter is a native of Woodbridge, Va. and is a transfer from Barton County Community College. Hyter specializes in the 400 meters and the 4×400-meter relay. She has also competed in the 200 meters, 600 yards, long jump and triple jump. She is the twin sister of current Arkansas hurdler Brittany Hyter.