GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota Track & Field Coach Kevin Galbraith announced the commitment of five recruits on Friday morning, bringing his total 2018-19 recruiting class to 10 student-athletes. Galbraith also announced the signing of five recruits during the early signing period in November.
Today’s announcement included commitments from Cooper Jackson (Lakeville, Minn.), Abner Moseti (Edina, Minn.), Jay Nielsen (Detroit Lakes, Minn.), Jennifer Parent (Forest Lake, Minn.) and Jack Vetsch (Waseca, Minn.).
“We signed a lot of good, solid people in the early signing period and this is a continuation of that,” said Galbraith. “We’ve got someone coming in from every event group with this class, and they’re all people who could come in and make a difference for our program right away. We feel like we continue to head in the right direction with this signing class.”
Jackson, a product of Lakeville South High School, specializes in the 800 meters and is expected to also join UND’s cross country team.
“Cooper is a talented multi-sport athlete who is at a very young training age on the track,” said UND Associate Head Coach and Cross Country Coach Dick Clay. “Academically, he is an outstanding student. He has run only one year of track and finished his junior year with an 800 time of 1:56.48. I am excited to have such a raw talent joining the mid-distance/distance group.”
Moseti, who was born in Nairobi, Kenya, ran the 200-meters and 400-meters for Edina High School and placed sixth in the latter at the 2017 Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) State Track and Field Championships. He also finished third in the 4x400 relay.
“Abner is going to continue to develop and get faster,” said Galbraith, who coaches UND’s sprinters. “He finished sixth at state as a junior and if all goes well he’ll score really well as a senior and eventually become a contributor for us. We think he’s going to come in and really help us in the 400 and in the relays. We’re excited to have him.”
Nielsen, whose parents are both UND alums, is a standout thrower at Detroit Lakes High School. He boasts a discus personal record (PR) of 163-3 and a shot put PR of 51-0.
“Jay is a young man with a lot of intangibles that make him a good college prospect,” said UND Assistant Coach Drew Jones, who oversees the team’s throwers. “He comes from an awesome UND family and I am excited to see what his future will look like for us.”
Parent, who will graduate from Forest Lake High School, placed fourth in the pole vault at the 2017 MSHSL State Championships. She owns an indoor PR of 11 feet, 5 ¾ inches and an outdoor PR of 11-04.00.
“Jenna is a great young talent. She has a lot of potential in the pole vault and I am looking forward to what she can do in the future,” said UND Assistant Coach Joe Silvers, who coaches the team’s multi and jumping events.
Vetsch is a standout in the hurdles and jumps at Waseca High School, with a 110-meter hurdles PR of 15.16 seconds and a high jump PR of 6-02.00.
“Jack has a lot of intangibles, his height is a great advantage and will help him as he learns the events in the decathlon,” said Silvers. “As we move into The Summit League, Jack has the potential to be a scorer for us in multiple events.”
Each of UND’s commitments will join the Fighting Hawks beginning in 2018-19.