A versatile high school state champion, Kolbi Sims, and the San Joaquin Athletic Association's 100-meter champion, Jelia Brice-Montgomery, have signed a National Letter-of-Intent to compete for the San José State women's track and field team beginning with the 2015-16 season. Head coach Jeff Petersmeyer made the announcement.
"We've added a very talented sprinter and another athlete that I believe has a bright future here in the multis," said Petersmeyer.
Sims is a senior at Eagle High School in Star, Idaho, where she specializes in the 200 and 400-meter dashes, the high jump and the long jump. Already this year, Sims has won three competitions in both of those events. Most recently, she was the long jump champion at the Oregon Relays with a personal-best 5.78-meter jump. Sims transferred to Eagle High from Thomas Stone High School where she was the Maryland 3A state champion in the 400-meter dash as a junior in 2013. Her personal-best in the 400 stands at 56.49
"Kolbi is off to a fantastic start to her outdoor season with that win in the long jump at the Oregon Relays," Petersmeyer said. "She will be transitioning to the heptathlon here at San José State, and I believe she has a bright future in the multis."
Brice-Montgomery, a sprint specialist at Bear Creek High School in Stockton, Calif., was the San Joaquin Athletic Association (SJAA) 100-meter champion in 2014. She ran a personal-best 11.99 to win the finals. Leading up to her league championship, Brice-Montgomery also took first place at the San Joaquin Masters meet. Brice-Montgomery has continued to dominate the 100-meter dash as a senior in 2015 with victories at the CSUS Track Classic, and Port City Invitational, and a runner-up finish at the Stanford Invitational.
"Jelia is a talented, true short-sprinter," Petersmeyer said. "Which is an area we were looking to fill this year. She is going to be a valuable member of the sprint group next season."
Sims and Brice-Montgomery join distance runners Adilene Aldapa (Santa Barbara, Calif., San Marcos HS) and Ashley Cahalan (Temecula, Calif., Vista Murrieta High School) as signees for the 2015-16 season. Aldapa and Cahalan were inked by the Spartans in the early signing period back in November, 2014.