(Editor’s note: Carroll College media release)
HELENA — Carroll College track and field signed three athletes, coach Harry Clark announced.
The Saints will bring in Tavy Findon, Katie Rhodes and Madison Boles next season.
Findon, a senior at Billings Senior, brings a polished sprinting and hurdling resume to Carroll College. She holds a 58.14 PR in the 400, a 14.69 PR in the 100-meter hurdles and a 44.20 PR in the 300-meter hurdles. Her 100-meter hurdle time would qualify her for nationals in the NAIA.
“Tavy’s outstanding high school career has prepared her to make the jump to the college ranks,” Clark said. “I anticipate her helping to lead our women’s team to even greater heights immediately. I am excited to begin the transition to the 400-meter hurdles with Tavy. Tavy will dominate the NAIA hurdles in the years to come.”
She’s been all-state the last three years. The Bronc was a state champion in the 300-meter hurdles and 4×400 relay last season and earned all-state honors in the 400 meters and 100-meter hurdles last season. In 2017, she was a state champion in the 4×400 and earned all-state in the 200, 400, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and 4×100 relay. In 2016 she became all state in the 100 hurdles and 4×100 relay.
“I chose Carroll because it was a great fit for me,” Findon said. “Carroll has a reputation of being one of the top academic schools in Montana and I know I will get a great education there I love the fact that the classroom sizes are small. After meeting coach Clark and Coach (Jimmy) Stanton I really wanted to run for them. They made Carroll feel like a home and I know they will push me to reach my goals. They already have a strong team and I can’t wait to be a part of it”
Rhodes will come to Carroll after finishing out at Mt. Spokane High in Spokane, Washington. She has a PR in the high jump of 5’5.5 and last season became the 3A state high jump champion in Washington.
“Katie is an excellent high school competitor who I look forward to mentoring in the years to come,” Clark said. “She will contribute to our national squad in 2020 as a high jump and multi-event competitor.”
Rhodes holds the Mt. Spokane record in the high jump. She won the 2017 Pasco Invite high jump, and, in addition to her state championship, earned conference championships in high jump in 2017 and 2018 and district championships in 2017 and 2018.
“I chose to continue my education and athletics career at Carroll because I have only heard great things about their programs,” Rhodes said. “I thought their athletics were outstanding and the way they allowed me to play two sports for them. I believe that I will have more opportunities after college to achieve my goals with the help of a supportive team and great faculty.”
Boles also joins the Saints as a high jumper. The prep out of Flathead High in Kalispell holds a PR of 5’5 in the high jump, twice being an all-state selection as a high jumper.
“I look forward to working with Madde to improve her already impressive marks,” Clark said.
“Maddie will contribute to our national team immediately in the high Jump.”
Boles: “I choose Carroll because of the small class sizes. It’s only a few hours from home and I also like how it’s a Christian college so I can continue to grow my faith. I chose to continue my athletic career at Carroll because all the coaches are fun to be around, easy to talk to and they will push me to my best. Also all athletes made me feel very welcome and I’m excited to join the team when I went on visits. I believe I can do great things at Carroll and I can’t wait to get there.”
Both Rhodes’ and Boles’ high jump PRs would qualify for the NAIA national meet.
The two leapers will also play volleyball for Saints head coach Moe Boyle.