(MSU Billings release)
BILLINGS, Mont. – Montana State University Billings Yellowjackets head Cross Country and Track & Field Coach Jon Woehl announced the signing of five athletes for the 2020-21 season. Braden Anderson, Koby Dolan, Jordan Lahi, Hunter Mahan and Lizzie Wisecup have all signed National Letters of intent to join MSUB this coming fall. Recruiting a mix of athletes with a variety of talents coach Woehl is excited for the potential each one brings.
“All five of these recruits will immediately contribute to our program as we look to grow the team and become more competitive from top to bottom,” said coach Woehl.
6’6”- Throws and Relay
Intended Major: Biology
The Dillion, MT native joins MSUB as a standout in the shot put, discus and the 4x400 meter relay. He is a three time all-conference, all-state and academic all-state selection. He carries a 3.7 GPA, was a state champion in the 4x400 and was one leg of the 4x400 team that set the school record of 3:24.70.
His personal best in the discus is 133’4” feet, 147” feet in the javelin and 45’2” in the shot put. He has competed in the 400 and ran a time of 53.33 as well as the 800 with a time of 2:06.41.
Coach Woehl on Anderson: “He has a lot of potential. He has experience in many events, but I think his best outlook is in throwing. He is a very hard worker and comes from a high school team that is a consistent state contender every year. I am looking forward to his winning mindset and experience.”
Anderson on choosing MSUB: “I chose MSUB after how well coach Woehl treated me family and I on my visit to campus. I felt that after touring the school that MSUB would be a good fit for me to continue my academic and athletic career. I look forward to being a part of the Yellowjacket team!
5’10”-Sprints and Hurdles
Intended Major: Undecided
The Billings Senior athlete will bring a spark as he will compete in the hurdles for the Yellowjackets. Dolan will be the first hurdler for MSUB since 2017. He will have a chance to earn more points for MSUB at conference finals and individual meets as he expands the entry pool abilities for the team. His personal best is 16.7 seconds in the 60 m hurdles. Competing in pole vault for the Broncs, Dolan will focus on hurdles and sprints for MSUB.
Coach Woehl on Dolan: “Koby is a home town kid that has experience in many events as well but I think his strongest events will be in the hurdles. We have not had many men’s hurdle athletes in a few seasons so it will be exciting to see him compete.”
Dolan on choosing MSUB: “MSUB felt like a goof fit after meeting coach Woehl and the rest of the team. It is also great that I get to stay in my hometown as I can save some money and not have to worry about learning a new town.”
Zuni, New Mexico
Intended Major: Health and Human Performance
Lahi is a junior transfer from Central Arizona College. He is a discus, shot put and hammer thrower. He has personal bests of 94’5” feet in the discus, 36’ feet in the shot put and 100’8” feet in the hammer. He set the personal best in the hammer and shot while competing at the NJCAA Region I Track and Field Championships.
While in junior college, Lahi was a student athletic trainer, student personal trainer, involved in game day management as a work study student and a level one 7-12 athletic coach license holder. He was the team Runner-Up NJCAA Region I Outdoor Track and Field Champions and a two time honor roll student in high school.
Coach Woehl on Lahi: “Jordan is going to bring experience and leadership. He has experience in coaching and is a student of the sport.”
Lahi and choosing MSUB: “I chose MSUB because after Coach Wohel made feel welcome. Through the recruiting process as well as going above and beyond in helping me apply for other scholarships that MSUB has to offer, I knew MSUB was the place for me.”
Intended Major: Undecided
Competing in the 100m dash, the 200m dash and the 400m dash, Mahan will bring instant depth to the ‘Jacket sprint squad. A two sport athlete, Mahan earned letters in track and soccer for Florence Carlton High School. He is a three time all-conference and all-state selection, was named team MVP at the state meet in 2019 and set a school record in the 200m dash.
Coach Woehl on Mahan: “Based on Hunter’s current marks in sprints, we are excited for him to join our sprint squad. I think he can come in and compete from day one on the team and within the GNAC.”
Mahan on choosing MSUB: “I chose MSUB so I could stay in the state of MT. I like the quality of campus and the size. I look forward to being on a hardworking and successful team.”
Intended Major: Nursing
The Laurel Locomotive product will join MSUB in the fall and compete with the Yellowjacket cross country team followed by the track team. A distance specialist, Wisecup will provide depth to the MSUB squad. She has experience in the 800m dash, 1600m run, 1600m relay and the 400m relay.
A three sport athlete in a high school Wisecup competed in basketball, cross country and track for the Locomotives. She was the team captain her junior and senior season for the cross country team, named most inspirational runner in 2017 and has been an honor roll student since 2018.
Wisecup qualified for the state meet all four years in cross country and her sophomore through senior years in track. He personal best in the 800 came at the divisional meet in 2018 with a time of 2:30. Her fastest mile is 6:01, her best in the 400m dash is 1:01 and at the 2019 state cross country meet she ran a personal best of 22:25.07.
Woehl on Wisecup: “Lizzie will provide depth to our cross country and distance teams. She will immediately come in and strengthen our pack. The addition of Lizzie, other recruits and returning runners we expect big improvements for our cross country team next fall.
Wisecup on choosing MSUB: “I chose to go to MSUB because it’s very close to home and I will be able to see my family almost every day. I also chose to go MSUB for its nursing program, being close to home and being able to do nursing is what I have wanted to do since I was little. I’m able to visit family close by instead of going out of state and having to come back. Being able to run cross country and track during college makes it seem all too real and I am excited to join the MSUB family.”