New Wave Of Jumpers And Sprinters Join Women's Track & Field
Aug. 29, 2017
San Jose, Calif. --- The San José State University women's track & field team has added high school and junior college championship-level speed and jumping ability with a new wave of five signees.
Jumpers Brittany Brown, Devyn Weisenberger and Justice Smith along with sprinters Sarahvaughn King and Lovenie Dantes will join the Spartans beginning this fall. The newest Spartans join distance specialists Kai Bohannon, Evelin Meza and Mikayla Akers in the class of signees for the 2017-18 season.
Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Jeff Petersmeyer made the announcement.
"We have added some solid student-athletes to our program," Petersmeyer said. "We feel they can make immediate contributions on the track."
VERSATILE ADDITIONS TO JUMPS GROUP
Devyn Weisenberger is a graduate of Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard, Calif., where she specialized in the high jump. She is a two-time Pacific View League champion in that event, winning as a sophomore and a senior. In 2017 she won the high jump at eight meets including the CIF-Southern Section Prelims. Her personal best in the high jump is 5'6".
"Devyn is someone I think has the ability to compete at a very high level," said Petersmeyer. "She adds depth in the high jump, but she's someone who is athletic enough to explore some other events as practice begins."
Brittany Brown comes to the Spartans after competing for two seasons at Laney College in Oakland, Calif. She specializes in the horizontal jumps and the 100-meter hurdles. Her personal-bests include 41'3" in the triple jump and 14.01 in the 100-meter hurdles.
She won the triple jump at the California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA) Northern California Regional Finals and finished second in the 100-hurdles at the same meet. She went onto the California State finals and was runner-up in the triple jump and third in the 100-hurdles.
"Brittany is someone who will help us immediately," Petersmeyer said. "She is a talented triple jumper who also runs quite well in the 100-hurdles. She hasn't triple jumped much in her past, so I am excited about her potential here with us."
Justice Smith is a three-time CIF South Area champion in the triple jump. She has competed in the triple jump at the California State Championships and other big events including the USATF National Junior Olympic Championships.
The graduate of Highland High School in Bakersfield, Calif., is also a Southeast Yosemite League champion in the long jump.
"Justice has state championship experience," Petersmeyer said. "With personal records of 39'0" in the triple jump and 18'3" in the long jump, I think she has a solid upside in the horizontal jumps."
SPRINTS GAIN MOMENTUM AND SPEED
Sarahvaughn King is a graduate of Armijo High School in Fairfield, Calif., where she was a Monticello Empire League (MEL) and Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Champion in the 200 and the 400 during senior year. She competed in the 2017 CIF State Championship in both events.
At the state meet she ran a personal-record 23.79 to qualify for the 200-meter final. King also qualified for the state championship finals in the 400 meters and anchored Armijo High's 4x400-meter relay team, which also made it to the state finals.
"Sarahvaughn is one of the top sprint talents in California," said SJSU sprints coach Kelley Watson. "She will be an invaluable addition to our Spartan family. Her work ethic and athletic ability will go a long way to improving our group in training and in the Mountain West standings."
In that state championship relay King was on the same relay team with Lovenie Dantes, who also joins the Spartans an all-around sprinter with range from the 100 to 400 meters. Last season she was the MEL champion in the 100-meter dash and made it to the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters finals in the 200.
"Lovenie is relatively new to track and field but from what I've seen on race day, she is able to rise to the level of her competition," Watson said. "She should develop rapidly with our program."