Over the summer, Omaha track & field head coach Chris Richardson announced the signing of eight student-athletes that will be joining his team for the upcoming year.
Of the incoming talent, six are native Nebraskans, including five from Omaha. The team will also be adding a recruit from New Jersey and South Carolina.
Courtesy of UNO Athletics, here is what to expect from the eight new additions to the 2015-16 track team:
2015-16 Incoming Class
Annie Catania – Omaha, Neb.
Catania comes to UNO from Northwest High School in Omaha where she graduated in 2014. A distance specialist, she also will run cross country for the Mavericks in the fall.
My’Angel Davis – Millville, N.J.
A transfer from Iowa Central Community College, Davis joins the Mavericks as a junior. She will focus primarily on the sprints and 400 hurdles. At ICCC, she qualified for the NJCAA championships in the 60 meters, 600 meters and 400 meter hurdles. As a high school athlete, she was a state qualifier in the 400 meter hurdles and the 4 x 400 meter relay.
Anna Edet – Elkhorn, Neb.
Edet was a three-time Nebraska Class B state qualifier, placing twice, while throwing for Elkhorn High School. Her shot put personal best of 43-03 ¾ would already put her in UNO’s top 10 in the event. A multi-sport athlete, Edet also played volleyball and basketball for Elkhorn, qualifying for the state tournament in basketball during her senior year.
Mads Nelson – Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Nelson will focus on short distance events for the Mavericks following a standout career for Wando High School in South Carolina. She was all-conference and all-state both indoors and outdoors and was a USATF state champion and national qualifier.
Zarria Nichols – Omaha, Neb.
A sprinter for Omaha North High School, Nichols helped the Vikings to a runner-up finish at the 2014 state championship while being a part of the school’s state champion 4 x 100 meter relay team. During her high school career, she placed eight times in the state championship.
Shae Spady – Omaha, Neb.
Spady helped Millard West High School to two Nebraska Class A Championships while running short distances and the steeplechase. She placed six times at the state championship after qualifying for the championship seven times.
TaLeah Williams – Norfolk, Neb.
A jumper and sprinter at Norfolk High School in Nebraska, Williams placed twice in the state championship during her high school career after qualifying seven times. She also was a member of the Norfolk basketball team which qualified for the state championship in 2015.
Mackenzie Zach – Papillion, Neb.
Zach was a three-time class B champion for Platteview High School, winning the 100 meters, 200 meters and 400 meters as a senior in 2015. In all, she is a 12-time state qualifier and placed eight times during her career. She also was a member of Platteview’s state qualifying basketball team in 2014.