Kitchens Adds A Trio Of Signees

UTEP track and field coach Bob Kitchens announced the signing of Teresa Contreras, Caitlyn Green and Chasity Ross to national letters of intent. The trio will be freshman beginning in the fall of 2006.

Contreras, who is from Laredo, Texas, was the 2005 AAU national champion in the high jump. She has been a two-time state qualifier at Martin H.S. in both the high jump and triple jump.

“Teresa has a lot of upside in her. She has jumped 5-10 and we are losing All-American Desiree Crichlow next year,” Kitchens said. “And she will fill that roll for us. Plus she is a triple jumper as well. She has the ability to be the same kind of athlete Desiree has been for us.”

Contreras was ranked as one of the top returning high school high jumpers by DyeStat in 2006. She was also listed among the IAAF world rankings in the youth high jump during the 2005 season.

Green, a native of Harrisburg, Pa., has been a three-time state point winner in the discus for Susquehanna Township H.S. She was the bronze medalist in 2004 and 2005 and took fifth as a freshman.

“Caitlyn is a very good athlete who throws all three implements; the hammer, the discus and the shot put,” said Kitchens. “She gives us depth in areas we have been shy in before and makes our women’s team a lot better.”

Last summer, Green competed in the discus at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in Greensboro, N.C. She placed fifth in the discus at the elite Penn Relays in 2004 and 2005 and was the PIAA District 3 AAA champion in the discus in 2005 as well as qualifying for the meet in the shot put. Green additionally holds the Potomac Valley Games records in the weight throw, discus and shot put.

Ross is a two-time state qualifier in the 300-meter hurdles while at Columbus H.S. in Columbus, Miss.

““She is a good athlete and was active in all sports in high school, which leads me to believe she can help us out,” said Kitchens. “ I think she can develop into a good intermediate hurdler.”

Ross has also been a all-conference selection in basketball at Columbus.



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