Carroll College head track and field coach Harry Clark has announced that Jimmy Stanton will join his staff as a throwing coach.
“Jimmy is a great addition to our staff, he loves to recruit and he has a program that makes throwers better and we are fortunate to have him join the Fighting Saints Family,” Clark said.
Stanton comes to Helena from Missoula where he coached at the University of Montana from 2011-14 (his alma mater) as a throwing coach and had several successful athletes under his guidance. Under Stanton's tutelage, Samantha Hodgson became the Grizzly record holder in the shot put (women's).
Also, during his tenure the U of M women's school indoor and outdoor shot put records were broken as well as record setting performances being recorded in the women's discus, hammer throw, javelin and men's discus.
“With nearly 100 athletes on the team, having someone with Jimmy’s background will help free me up to coach the sprinters, hurdlers and jumpers and give them the attention they need,” Clark said.
Stanton has familiarity with Fighting Saints head coach Harry Clark after working with Clark in Missoula for the U of M Track Program and is excited to bring his experience and passion to Helena as a member of Carroll College's burgeoning track and field program.
“I love Helena, this is a place I want to be and I cannot wait to begin working with such great student-athletes. There is a lot of talent and impressive individuals in this program,” Stanton said.
Stanton, originally from Billings, MT attended Billings Senior where he had an exceptional high school career as a 4-time All-State Track and Field honoree and was a State Champion twice throwing the discus.
Following high school, Stanton attended the University of Montana (03-08) where he was a Big Sky Championship Qualifier 8 times. Stanton garnered All-Big Sky Conference designation three times in the shot put and qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships once in the shot put.
Carroll College head track and field coach Harry Clark announced earlier this month that 45 student athletes have signed on to compete for the Fighting Saints’ program.
With a majority 25 of the now 46 students coming to Carroll from within the state of Montana, an additional 21 out of state athletes will be making their way to the Queen City this fall.
Headlining the group is Max Axtell of Rockford Washington. The Freeman High School product was the State 1A Champion in the 400m with a time of 49.74 and took 4th at the State Meet in the 100m with a time of 10.74.
"Max will be a great addition to an already strong mile relay team, while training to be a decathlete,” Clark said.
Other notable out of state signings include:
Nikole Alamillo of Sandpoint High School, who’s 131-foot discus throw helped her earn a 3rd place finish at the 4A State Idaho Track Meet.
Teal Bullick of Napa, California, who ran a school record 5:11.67 in the 1600m while at Justin-Siena High School. Bullick also was a two-time qualifier for the state meet in cross-country.
Brooke Ruppenthal of Ponderosa High School (Shingle Springs, Calif.) who was a standout in cross-country with an 18:48 time in the 5000m.
Taylor Smith of University High School (Spokane, Wash.), who as a distance runner clocked a 9:42.62 time in the 3200m.
Courtney Sherick also of University High School made her mark with a 5:16.62 time in the 1600m.
Crystal Schmidt of Hermiston High School (Hermiston, Ore.), will throw and jump for the Fighting Saints and had standout throws of: 136' 8" good for 3rd place at the 5A State Oregon Meet (javelin), 36' 0.25” (shot put). Her jump of 5'2" was good for 6th place in the 5A State Oregon (high jump), and 35' 4" (triple jump) was 5th best at the same meet.
“The more quality athletes we bring to Carroll, the better it makes everyone. We have been fortunate to land some outstanding individuals that will help immediately and this class is a great example of the type of student-athlete we want,” Clark added.
Carroll College added the cross-country and track and field programs in the fall of 2010 and has seen the program grow in both size and accolades with numerous All-Americans produced during the programs first few years.
This past year, the Fighting Saints had teams advance to the NAIA National Championships in five of the six sports. Women’s cross-country placed 11th, men’s indoor 8th, women’s indoor 9th, men’s outdoor 16th and women’s outdoor 21st.
Carroll College head track and field coach Harry Clark has announced that 45 athletes have signed on to compete for the Fighting Saints track and field program this upcoming season.
The 2014 recruiting class is made up of 23 treasure state products. With just over half of the class made up of Montana natives, many athletes with stellar high school careers selected Carroll to continue their careers in Helena.
Of the 45 athletes that make up the incoming freshman class, several will compete across seasons including cross-country, indoor track and field as well as outdoor track and field.
Headlining the 2014 class are seven Montana State Champions: Kyle Nickol, Chance Hyatt, Andrew Weltz, Darren Hecker, Zac Agee, Mika Robinson and Bethany Lacock.
Among men’s recruits, Nickol, from Capital High School claimed the 400m championship this season in the Class AA ranks. Hyatt of Bainville High School was the state champion in both the 1600m and 3200m for Class C. Weltz of Polson High School was tops at the Class A level in the triple jump. Hecker of Sweet Grass County High School was the Class B State Champion in the 800m. Zac Agee of Victor won the Class C long jump championship. Finally, Chris Emter of Livingston High School set a Class A Record in the shot put and will take his throwing talents to Carroll after claiming Class A championships in both the shot put and discus.
Women’s recruits, Robinson of Billings West High School was the State AA Champion in the pole vault and Lacock of Hinsdale High School was tops in Class C in the pole vault as well.
“This would be a great recruiting class for any Division I program, we are thrilled at the caliber of athlete Carroll College is able to attract and our program is gaining talent every year,” Clark said.
On the women’s side, other notable signees include: Tiffany Sherman of Bozeman High School who placed second in the javelin at the Class AA meet; Rhiannon Sturgess of Flathead High School who placed third in both the 100m hurdles and the 300m hurdles in the Class AA ranks; Maggie Mitzel of Loyola Sacred Heart who placed third in the 1600m and the 3200m at the Class B State Championships and Jessica Lewis of Corvallis High School who placed third in the shot put at the Class A State Championships.
“We accomplished a lot this offseason in terms of adding not only great talent, but exceptional depth to our program. We are still a newer program, but the accomplishments of our athletes has been very encouraging already and we are expecting that trend to continue with these athletes on board,” Clark said.
Carroll College added the cross-country and track and field programs in the Fall of 2010 and has seen the program grow in both size and accolades with numerous All-Americans produced during the programs first few years.
This past year, the Fighting Saints had teams advance to the NAIA National Championships in five of the six sports. Women’s cross-country placed, men’s indoor 8th, women’s indoor 9th, men’s outdoor 16th and women’s outdoor 21st.
By Troy Shockley Independent Record
There were no national champions this season from Carroll College track and field.
There were, however, eight All-Americans. And, while the Saints surely would have liked to have seen Carroll represented on the top step of the awards podium, there is no denying that the young program showed tremendous growth and promise for the future.