University of Montana track and field coach Brian Schweyen announced recently that Anika Green and David Carcamo have joined the Grizzlies and will begin competing during the 2010 indoor and outdoor seasons. Green, from Toronto, Ontario, signed a National Letter of Intent. Carcamo, a transfer from Modesto (Calif.) Junior College, agreed to a scholarship offer.
Green (forename pronounced a-NEE-ka), who will be a freshman, is a recent graduate of Toronto’s Humberside Collegiate Institute. She will compete in the sprints and hurdles for Montana.
At June’s Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations championships, Green placed fourth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.30.
Montana’s top time in the 100-meter hurdles in 2009 was 14.68.
“Anika was a last-minute recruitment, and we were lucky to get her when we did because she got really fast, really quick,” Montana hurdles and sprints coach Harry Clark said. “She’s powerful and explosive. Everything moves well through the hurdles.
“The biggest thing for us is that she is only 17 years old. To run 14.30 as a 17 year old, that’s really fast. She is going to step right in and help us.”
Carcamo, a 2007 graduate of Seaside (Calif.) High, competed last spring for Modesto J.C. He will compete in the 100 and 200 meters and both relays for the Grizzlies.
Carcamo ran a season-best 10.78 to place third at the Big 8 Conference championships last April. He ran a 22.23 to finish sixth in the 200 meters at the same meet. Carcamo ran a season-best 22.02 at the Mt. SAC Relays in early April.
Montana’s top 100-meter time in 2009 was 10.84.
“David ran a 10.78 at his conference championships last spring. What that says to me is that he’s been under pressure already at the college level, and he’s delivered,” Clark said. “It’s not like getting a 10.7 kid out of high school and you don’t know what they’re going to do in college. David’s already done it.
“He was running 10.9 out of high school, and now he’s at 10.78. His goal here will be 10.58. He’s got the potential because his biggest attribute is that he likes to work really hard. He’s going to fit in well with the rest of our squad.”