March 11, 2009
IOWA CITY, IA — The University of Iowa women’s track and field team has signed eight student-athletes to national letters of intent for the 2010 season. Head Coach Layne Anderson is excited about the immediate impact that multi-event competitor Missy Miller (Tipton, IA), high jumpers Megan Glisar (Sergeant Bluff, IA) and Eva Greenwalt (Fitchberg, WI), distance runners Megan Ranegar (Valparaiso, IN) and Sarah Boyd (Dunrobin, Ontario), thrower Ashlyn Gulvas (Pinconning, MI), sprinter and jumpr Emily Moore (Gillette, WY) and sprinter Raven Moore (Riverdale, GA) will have on the Hawkeyes next season.
“This recruiting class fills many of the needs currently in our program,” explained Anderson. “We have added women to our program who are exceptional individuals. All are outstanding students who have competed at the highest level in their home states, region, and for many even nationally. With a solid foundation in place for the future this group will help the Hawkeyes in our quest to move up the Big Ten standings. Assistant coaches Christi Smith, Clive Roberts and Scott Cappos all did a super job throughout the recruitment process and should be commended for their efforts. We anticipate several more additions as well as a solid group of non scholarship student-athletes to this current group and feel very good about the future direction of the program.”
Following is a brief bio sketch on each women’s track signee:
SARAH BOYD – DUNROBIN, ONTARIO, CANADA – ALL SAINTS HIGH SCHOOL – DISTANCE
Boyd placed third at the 2007 OFSAA Cross Country Championships (17:56). On the track she is an outstanding middle distance runner with lifetime best performances to date of 2:14 (800 meters) and 4:39 (1500 meters indoor). An exceptional swimmer, Boyd was selected in 2007 to train for a spot on the Canadian Junior National Triathlon team.
MEGAN GLISAR – SERGEANT BLUFF, IA – SERGEANT BLUFF HIGH SCHOOL – HIGH JUMP
Glisar is a three-time Class 3A state champion in the high jump and two-time Drake Relays runner-up. She has competed well outside the state of Iowa, placing third at the 2007 Nike Outdoor National Championships (5-8 3/4), fifth at the 2007 Finish Line USA Junior Track and Field Championships, and winning the 2007 USA Youth Outdoor Track and Field High Jump Championship. Glisar is also a four-year letterwinner in basketball.
EVA GREENWALT – FITCHBERG, WI – VERONA HIGH SCHOOL – JUMPS
Greenwalt qualified for the 2008 state meet in four events, placing third in the high jump. Her lifetime best clearance in that event is 5-8. A two-time letter winner in basketball and cross country, Greenwalt is an Old Gold Scholarship Award Recipient at Iowa and a National Honor Society member.
ASHLYN GULVAS – PINCONNING, MICHIGAN – STANDISH-STERLING HIGH SCHOOL – THROWS
Gulvas is a two-sport athlete, excelling in basketball and track and field. The 2008 state champion in both the shot put and discus, Gulvas has posted lifetime best performances of 45-03 in the shot and 140-06 in the discus. Last fall she was elected the Homecoming Queen at Standish-Sterling High School. Her brother, Ashton, plays football at Northwood University.
MISSY MILLER – TIPTON, IA – TIPTON HIGH SCHOOL – MULTI-EVENT COMPETITOR
Miller was a four-time Class 2A state champion in track and field, competing on the winning Tipton distance medley, 3,200-meter (twice) and shuttle hurdle relay teams. She qualified in the maximum 12 events for three state championships, earning 10 state medals, and qualified 10 times for the Drake Relays, placing in the top five three times. Miller set school records in the 400-meter hurdles (64.45) and the high jump (5-foot-7). She was part of two state championship cross country and track and field squads. In cross country, Miller was a four-time state qualifier and three-time all-state performer, finishing second as a senior in Class 2A. One of the top all-around athletes in Iowa state high school history, Miller — a four-year varsity starter in basketball — was leading Class 2A in scoring this season at 22.7 points per game before a second ACL injury ended her career Jan. 3. She was also the starting varsity centerfielder in softball as both an eighth-grader and a freshman. Her older sister, Ashley, runs cross country and track at the University of Nebraska.
EMILY MOORE – GILLETTE, WY – CAMPBELL COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL – JUMPS/SPRINTS
Emily is currently an 11-time Class 4A state champion in the jumps and sprints. Wyoming’s 2008 Track and Field Gatorade Player of the Year, she is the favorite to win all four of her events in the 2009 outdoor state track and field meet (100 meters, 200 meters, long jump and triple jump). She holds state records in the long lump (19-2 1/2), triple jump (39-7 1/2) and as a part of the 400-meter relay (48.30). Moore also holds school records in the long jump (19-5), triple jump (40-0 1/2), 100 meters (12.04), and 200 meters (24.87). She is a two-time triple jump all-American at the Nike Outdoor National meet, placing fourth in 2007 and second in 2008. A 2008 McDonald’s All-American nominee in basketball, Moore earned first team all-state honors, was named conference player of the year and led her conference in scoring in 2008. She is also a member of two-time state champion golf teams, earning all-state honors. An excellent student, Moore has a 4.0 grade-point average and ranks first in her graduating class of 385.
RAVEN MOORE – RIVERDALE, GA – SANDY CREEK HIGH SCHOOL – SPRINTS
Moore was a Class 1A state champion in both the 100 (11.80) and 200 meters (24.50). A three-year state qualifier, she set school records in those events at at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School.
MEGAN RANEGAR – VALPARAISO, IN – VALPARAISO HIGH SCHOOL – DISTANCE
Ranegar was the 2007 State Cross Country Runner-up and placed 20th at the Footlocker Midwest Regional in a time of 18:24. In 2008, she placed eighth at the Mideast Meet of Champions. A state qualifier in both track and field and cross country, Ranegar has led the Vikings over the past two seasons. Ranegar was a high school teammate of current Hawkeyes Amanda Hardesty and Lauren Hardesty.