Eight new track team members announced for 2015-16 season


Jackson Taylor
Sports Editor

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.