Feb. 17, 2009
Lorek Signs One, Commits Another for 2009-10 Season
MARYVILLE, Mo. - A three-time state cross country qualifier and a 12-time track and field qualifier have committed to compete for Northwest Missouri State in 2009-10. Bearcat head cross country and track and field coach Scott Lorek has announced the signing of Jake Henry (Lee's Summit, Mo.), to a National Letter of Intent. Kelsey Larson (Fargo, N.D.) also accepted an athletic scholarship to compete for the track and field team after she signed a NLI with the Northwest volleyball program earlier this year.
"Jake and Kelsey are a great start to our recruiting season," said Lorek. "They are both capable of having an immediate impact on the team and in the MIAA."
Henry helped lead Lee's Summit West to a state cross country championship in 2008. He was a three-time state cross country qualifier and finished sixth in his senior season with a time of 16 minutes, nine seconds in the five-kilometer course. Henry enters his senior track and field season with career-bests of 4:29 in the 1,600-meter run, 9:50 in the 3,200-meter run and 2:00 in the 800-meter run.
"Jake will solidify the strong group of returning distance runners we have," said Lorek. "He will be competitive right away and improve throughout his career."
Larson is a 12-time state qualifier between seven events at Fargo North High School. In her freshman season of 2006, she was the runner-up in the long jump with 17-11 3/4 and placed third in the triple jump with a leap of 36-11. She's earned all-state honors in the 400-meter, 800-meter and 1,600-meter relays and begins her final high school season with personal records of 5-4 in the high jump, 12.66 in the 100-meter dash, 26.82 in the 200-meter dash, 1:00.81 in the 400-meter dash and 110-0 in the javelin throw. She was named the team's most valuable jumper as a junior in 2008.
Larson also holds the career kills record in volleyball for the Spartans and was the Eastern Dakota Conference Most Valuable Offensive Player as a junior in 2007.
"Kelsey is a total athlete," said Lorek. "She is talented in a variety of event areas, so the heptathlon should be a natural fit. She will be successful in both Bearcat sports."
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