GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota Track & Field Coach Kevin Galbraith announced on Monday the signing of five recruits to National Letters of Intent, four to his women’s team and one to his men’s team.
Galbraith’s signing class includes Emma Gilbert (International Falls, Minn.), Allison Lardy (Fairmont, Minn.), Natalie Mohring (Schofield, Wis.), Elaina Swartz (Park River, N.D.) and Austin Wolf (Bismarck, N.D.).
“These are quality athletes who will have the ability to step in and contribute right away,” said Galbraith. “As our program has gotten stronger in recent years, our philosophy has evolved to identifying recruits who have the ability make an immediate impact.”
In Gilbert, Lardy and Mohring, the Fighting Hawks add a trio of highly-accomplished throwers who excelled at their respective state championships this past year. Gilbert was the state champion in the shot put for International Falls High School and owns a personal record of 46 feet, 4 inches. Lardy, a product of Fairmont High School, was the runner-up to Gilbert and boasts a PR of 42-11. Mohring, out of DC Everest High School, was the state runner-up in the discus and owns a PR of 140-08.
“I am extremely excited to add these young women to our throws crew,” said UND Assistant Coach Drew Jones, who coaches the program’s throwers. “I have been blessed with some wonderful young athletes to work with in the throws group and these three young women will add greatly to that tradition. They bring a lot of high school success and I am excited to see what they can accomplish in Kelly Green and White. Each of them brings a skill set that should allow them to be early contributors to our team success at the conference level.”
Swartz is a graduate of Park River High School, where she won the Class B state championship in both the 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles. As a sophomore, she finished fourth and second, respectively, in those events. She was also a three-year starter and all-region performer in volleyball and a three-year starter in basketball.
“Alaina is a very good all-around athlete who will only continue to improve as she becomes more specialized in her training,” said Galbraith.
Wolf was a standout jumper for Bismarck Legacy High School, winning the Class A state championship in the high jump while also placing fourth and seventh in the long jump and triple jump, respectively. He owns a high jump PR of 6-08. Both of his parents are UND alumni and his father played baseball at UND.
“I’m excited to have Austin joining the team,” said UND Assistant Coach Joe Silvers. “He is a very talented athlete who has the ability to excel in multiple events for us.”
All five will join the Fighting Hawks beginning with the 2018-19 season.