Trio Of League Champions Sign NLI With Women's Track & Field

Something all three athletes have in common is multi-event league champion status.
Nov. 23, 2016

The San José State University women’s track and field program has signed high school league champions Kai Bohannon, Evelin Meza and Mikayla Akers to National Letters-of-Intent. The new trio of distance runners will begin competition for the Spartans in the 2017-18 season.
 
“We are very excited about the fall recruiting class,” said Spartans distance coach Brad Wick. “We’re confident that these women will make a huge impact on the future success of San José State track and field.”
 
Bohannon, a senior at Liberty High School in San Jose, is a three-time Blossom Valley Athletic League cross country champion in the 3-mile race. She is also a two-time track and field league champion in the 1600 and 3200-meter events.
 
"Kai will be able to make an immediate impact on the team,” Wick said. “She is very athletic and has great range from the mile up to 5,000-meter event."
 
Bohannon’s personal records include 4:56 in the 1600 and 10:49 in the 3200. She was a 2016 California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Cross Country State Championship qualifier after finishing fourth out of 120 at the North Coast Section Championships.
 
Meza has qualified for the CIF state championship during all three season of competition at Greenfield (Calif.) High School. She is the reigning Mission Trail Athletic League (MTAL) champion in the 1600 and 3200-meter events. Her victories at the championships were two of eight individual victories during the 2016 track and field season.
 
"Evelin has had a great high school career and has the grit and desire to be a great Division I runner,” Wick said. “She has the potential to give our squad some solid depth next fall."
 
Meza clocked a personal-record 11:03.88 in the 3200 at the CIF Central Coast Championships.
 
Akers is a senior middle-distance athlete at Los Banos (Calif.) High School. She was the 2016 400-meter Western Athletic Conference champion. Akers went on to win the 400 at the IF Sac-Joaquin Section Trials and Finals, before clocking a personal-record 58.73 at the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet.
 
Akers began competing in the 800-meter event in 2016 and took first place in the USA Track & Field Region 14 Junior Olympic Champions. Her personal-record in the event is 2:20.
 
"Mikayla has just started running the 800 and with her 400 speed and a little more experience she will be a great half-miler in college,” said Wick.

Bohannon, Meza and Akers will compete for both the women's track and field team and the women's cross country team when they arrive in the fall of 2017.