MEAD SPRINTS TO UNC
Mead track star Alex Mead has four individual Class 3A state titles in the bag, and he's not shy about the goals he has in his first year competing at the 4A level.
The Mavericks senior is gunning for the all-class state records in both the 100 and 200-meter dashes, both of which he's won twice in 3A.
Regardless of what happens this spring, Mead, who currently holds the third-fastest prep time in the country in the 60-meter dash this year according to Milesplit.com, will be taking his talents to the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley after signing his national letter of intent on Wednesday.
Mead chose UNC over Colorado Mesa and Southern Utah, with a brand new track playing a big factor in the decision, along with the coaching staff.
"The coaches were really cool, and they're trying to set up a good program," Mead said. "The coaching staff is definitely what sold it for me."
MONARCH'S FALLOON A PREFERRED WALKON TO UNC
Months went by, and the recruiting process seemed nothing but dormant to Monarch football kicker Jamie Falloon.
It's not easy to catch the eye of college recruiters after all when you play on a state championship offense that churns out touchdown after touchdown and rarely punts or attempts field goals on fourth down.
"It seemed like nothing was going to come in and then all of a sudden two weeks before signing everything started rolling," Falloon said. "I think part of that is the position."
Falloon took part in Monarch's signing day celebration on Wednesday as a preferred walk-on at the University of Northern Colorado, meaning he's guaranteed a spot on the roster when fall camp begins, just not a scholarship.
After taking a visit to Colorado Mesa two weeks ago, Falloon took a visit to Colorado on Friday and then UNC on Saturday. He chose UNC over another preferred walk-on opportunity at CU and a partial scholarship offer from Mesa.
"It definitely worked out really well," said Falloon, who hit three of five field goals his senior year and 48 of 49 extra-point attempts.
Falloon was joined at Monarch's signing celebration by Cole Watson (football, Hope College, Mich.), Austin Beswick (football, Colorado Mesa); Taylor Floming (cross country/track, Montana State); and Justin Nguyen (Nebraska-Kearney).
TRUESDALE SIGNS WITH GRINNELL
Skyline senior Hannah Truesdale signed to play soccer at Division-III Grinnell College in Iowa on Wednesday.
Truesdale is one of the top returning pieces to a Falcons squad that went 8-7-1 last year and earned a state playoff berth in Kevin Puckett's final season as head coach.
Truesdale tied for second on the team in both goals (6) and assists (4).
O'BRIEN, TODERICA SIGN FROM ACADEMY RANKS
Outside much of the signing day pomp and circumstance at area signing ceremonies were a pair of academy soccer players from Broomfield schools who signed with Division-I programs.
Thomas O'Brien, a senior at Broomfield High, signed with Davidson College in North Carolina, while Holy Family senior Alex Toderica signed with the University of Denver.
Both players played for the Colorado Rapids Development Academy team and thus, by new U.S. Soccer rules, were prohibited from playing for their former prep squads as seniors. But both had made their presence felt in the prep arena in recent years.
O'Brien was the second-leading scorer for Broomfield's Class 4A state semifinal team in 2011. Toderica, who joins Fairview's Eric Kronenberg in signing with DU, paced Holy Family's 3A semifinal squad of 2011 with a whopping 37 goals.
LEGACY ENJOYS MAJOR HAUL
Distance-running ace Melanie Nun signed with the University of Colorado's juggernaut cross country team on Wednesday to highlight a Legacy High signing day ceremony that included several athletes.
Nun placed fifth at the Class 5A state meet last fall.
A pair of Lightning football players inked letters of intent. Phydell Paris will play at Black Hills State, while Skylar McWee is headed to Colorado Mesa.
Other Legacy athletes signing or celebrating previous signings on Wednesday included: Caitlyn Smith (basketball, Colorado School of Mines); Morgan Stacks (golf, John A. Logan College); Angelique Achuleta (softball, Kansas Wesleyan); Hannah Caress (softball, Colorado Christian); Mariah Latham (softball, Doane College); Bekka Prokaski (softball, Chadron State); Paige Reichmuth (softball, Adams State); Kara Walling (softball, Colorado School of Mines), Michael Danne (baseball, Kansas Wesleyan); and Jacob Davis (swimming, Brigham Young).
Centaurus multi-sport standout Shanlie Anderson plans to sign on Friday to play soccer at the University of Northern Colorado. ... Erie will host its signing ceremony on Tuesday with three signees -- Connor Conilogue (football, Chadron State), Ryan Fesmire (baseball, Concordia, Neb.) and Amanda Ochoa (Florida State College). ... Former Skyline volleyball player Alyssa Olson signed recently with Southwestern Oklahoma state after playing for a pair of different junior college programs the last two seasons. ... Alexander Dawson tennis player Carson Smith will play for Hobart College in New York.
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