LEWISTON - The rosters continue to grow at Lewis-Clark State, including the addition of three Warriors to the track and field team. Anika Grogan, Alexa Horsley and Rylie Overton will join the team in the fall.
A Lewiston native, Grogan ran two years of varsity track for the Bengals. She set a personal-best time of 12.96 in the 100m dash and 26.59 in the 200m. While at Lewiston High School, Grogan also competed in basketball, golf and cross country.
“Anika is a young lady that I’ve had my eye on since I saw her run last year,” coach Cyrus Hall explained. “She is a positive and energetic girl on the track and is driven off the track. She is relatively new to the sport, so with such a low training age she could blossom into a really fantastic sprinter at LC. She ran the 100m one time last year at regionals and qualified for State which is pretty incredible. Aside from her talent, we are getting a quality person and teammate. She fits well with what I am looking for, which are athletes who really want to get better and are willing to put in the work. We are very fortunate to get her and are looking forward to watching her grow here at LC.”
Horsley, a native of Soda Springs, Idaho, competes in events both on the track and in the field. She ran a personal-best time in the 200m of 28.04, and in the 400m of 62.27. In the triple jump, she hit a mark of 33-9.75.
“I’m excited about Alexa,” Hall said. “She is a really nice young lady that we think is a great fit for us. She is a terrific student as well as an athlete with a ton of upside on the track. She was a three-sport athlete at Soda Springs and that versatility is something we value. She helped her basketball team win the state championship this year, so she knows what it takes to be a champion. I think, as she focuses on just track and field, she has a chance to really develop into a terrific sprinter and jumper. I’m very excited about her upside.”
Overton prepped at Cove High School in Cove, Oregon. As a junior, she set career-best marks in the shot put (28-11), discus (96-6) and javelin (105-4). She also played volleyball and basketball while maintaining a spot on the Honor Roll.
“One thing I really like about Rylie is that she loves track and field,” Hall stated. “The further you progress in sports, the tougher it gets mentally and physically, but Rylie is determined and motivated and wants to be good. She is a great student and is very energetic and polite. She will be a great addition to our throws group. Rylie has continually gotten better over the course of her high school career. It might take her a year or two to develop her skills here at LC, but she definitely has the attitude and passion to be successful at this level. I’m excited she chose to throw at LC.”