Columbia, Mo. - Columbia College head track and field coach Tracy Jex has announced the signing of 15 athletes for the 2017-18 season. The class includes seven distance runners that will also compete for the Cougars cross country team in the fall.
Of the 15 athletes, 12 are from the state of Missouri including one from Columbia. The class also includes two incoming freshman from New Mexico and one from Georgia. The group boasts six MSHSAA All-State medalists and two top three finishers. The class also includes one state champion as Sharrod Connor earned the recognition after being a member of the MSHSAA Class 1 4x100 relay team that took first place at the state championship meet.

The 2017-18 men's track and field recruiting class includes:
Sharrod Connor - Van-Far High School/ Van-Far, Mo./ Jumps-Sprints
Louis Gianopulos - Francis Howell North High School/ St. Charles, Mo./ Sprints
Shane Randall - Versailles High School/ Versailles, Mo./ Jumps
Jonathan Johnson - Towers High School/ Decatur, Ga./ Sprints
Nicholas Horton - Highland High School/ Albuquerque, N.M. / Jumps-Sprints
Zach Nichols - Moberly Area Community College/ Columbia, Mo./ Throws
Lukas Flacke - Liberty High School/ Wentzville, Mo./ Sprints
Ben Huskey - Christian High School/ O'Fallon, Mo./ Distance
Noah Strawn - Harrisburg High School/ Harrisburg, Mo./ Distance
Damien Payne - Viburnum High School/ Bourbon, Mo./ Sprinter
Noah Payne - Viburnum High School/ Bourbon, Mo./ Distance
Jacob Jenkins - Rio Rancho High School/ Rio Rancho, N.M./ Distance
Alex Krieg - Fatima High School/ Westphalia, Mo./ Distance
Carter Brocato - Owensville High School/ Owensville, Mo./ Distance
Tristan Baze - Fort Zumwalt West High School/ O'Fallon, Mo./ Distance

"I am very excited to welcome all of these very talented student athletes to our track and field team." Said Jex. "Coach Radkowiec and our staff have worked extremely hard to make Columbia College a desirable place and competitive team. We look forward to these athletes making an impact not only on our team, but on the campus of Columbia College as well. I am thankful again to Coach Radkowiec for his tireless work on the recruiting trail."