Seniors Announce Plans For 2012-13

National Signing Day ~ National Letter Of Intent

Early signings: November 9-16, 2011. Regular signings: February 1, 2012 to August 1, 2012

Please check back as new athletes will be added when their signing or choice of school is announced

| Aquinas 1 2 | Arrowhead | Belmont | Big Foot | Brodhead - Juda | Brookfield East | Dodgeville - MP | Dominican |
| Ellsworth | Fond du Lac | Homestead | Kaukauna |
| La Crosse Logan | Mad East 1 |
Mad West 1 2 | Saint Mary's Springs Academy 1 2 |
| Somerset | Two Rivers |
University Lake School | Verona |
| Waunakee 1 2 | Wausau West | West Bend West 1 2 | Whitefish Bay | Whitewater |

This feature is an ongoing project. Coaches and parents are encouraged to send information to Wisconsin Track Online so that we can share the news about an athletes plans for their future college experience.

According to the NCAA Eligibility Center which oversees the operations of the National Letter of Intent program the National Letter of Intent has many advantages to both prospective student-athletes and participating educational institutions:
  • Once a National Letter of Intent is signed, prospective student-athletes are no longer subject to further recruiting contacts and calls.
  • Student-athletes are assured of an athletics scholarship for one full academic year.
  • By emphasizing a commitment to an educational institution, not particular coaches or teams, the program focuses on a prospective student-athlete's educational objectives.

Most colleges that offer NCAA Division I and II athletic scholarships use the NLI. Ivy League institutions and the service academies (Army, Navy, etc.) participate in Division I athletics but offer no athletic scholarships. No Division III schools, NAIA schools, junior colleges or preparatory schools are members of the NLI Program. However, many NAIA institutions and junior colleges do use a Letter of Intent, implemented either by the national association, their individual conferences, or even individual schools. When athletes announce that they will attend a Division III or NAIA school for athletics Wisconsin Track Online would also like to include that information in the Seniors Announce Plans feature. Send information.

Alyssa Lueck, Walworth Big Foot High School

Senior Alyssa Lueck has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend North Dakota University on a track and field scholarship. Lueck competes in the Rock Valley Conference against a very talented senior throwing class.

At the 2011 Rock Valley Conference Meet Lueck placed 1st in the SP [40' 01.00] and 3rd in the discus. At the 2011 WIAA State Meet she was 7th in the D2 SP [39' 11]. She had a 'PR' in the SP at the Kewaskum D2 Sectional of 42' 01.50.

Alyssa Lueck at the East Troy Invite, 2011

Alyssa Lueck [above] at the UW-Whitewater Nelson Daniels Small School Inddor, March 2011.

Lueck [right] at the East Troy Invite, 2011.

Amber Sanderson, La Crosse Logan High School

La Crosse Logan senior Amber Sanderson announced on Wednesday, February 8, that she will compete for the Warriors of Winona State University.

Sanderson was on the All-Division 2011 Honor Roll in the 100m [12.48] and the 100m HH [15.24].

Sanderson is shown on the left at the W/TFA 2011 Indoor Championships in 2011 where she placed 6th.

Sanderson [below] is pictured in the 100m dash preliminaries at the 2011 State Meet.

In 2011 Sanderson, Jenna Berger, Imani Paul, and Grace Heglund-Lohman set a school record int he 4x2. They also finished in D1 at the 2011 State Meet. La Crosse Tribune article 2/9

Elena Barham, Madison West High School

Madison West senior Elena Barham has signed a National Letter of Intent to run at Northwestern University on their cross country team next season.

At the 2011 State Cross Country Meet Barham finished 19th in D1 helping the Regents to a third place team finish.

In track Barham has run on the West 4x8 relay team as well as competing in the distance races.

Photos from the
2011 Midwest Invitational
Hosted by Janesville Craig

Above: Elena Barham at the UW-Whitewater Nelson-Daniels Classic Large School Meet on March 19, 2011. She placed 4th in a talented 1600m field with a time of 5:18.65.

Katrina Von Arx, La Crosse Aquinas High School

Senior Katrina Von Arx [above] from la Crosse Aquinas High School will attend UW-Eau Claire and participate in track and field for the Blugolds.

At the 2011 State Meet Von Arx placed 5th in the D2 LJ event and helped her team to a Bronze Medal in the 4x4. Also, Von Arx qulaified for the PV at La Crosse in 2011.

Madeline Haupert , La Crosse Aquinas High School

Senior Madeline Haupert from La Crosse Aquinas High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of San Francisco.

At the 2011 State Meet Haupert [left] was the D2 800m Champion [2:14.61].

Haupert [above left and center] also medaled in the 1600m run placing 5th in 5:01.93.

Haupert [above right] completed a busy weekend at the State Meet by anchoring her team to a third place finish in the 4x4.

At the 2011 Mississippi Valley Conference Meet Haupert won the 800m and 1600m races.

Below: Madeline Haupert prepares to sign her National Letter of Intent for the University of San Francisco as her parents Michael and Mary Ellen look on.

Above L-R: Head Aquinas track and field coach Shane Ilstrup, Madeline Haupert, and head Aquinas cross country coach Geoff Wilhelmy.

Signing photographs by Amy Gabay

Taylor Uebersetzig, West Bend West High School

West Bend West senior Taylor Uebersetzig [left and below] a middle and long distance runner has signed a National Letter of Intent to run track at the Jacksonville State University [Alabama] T XC.

Uebersetzig qualified for the D1 State Cross Country Championships.

Photos supplied by Jeridiah Halopka

Candice Wayne, West Bend West High School

West Bend West senior Candice Wayne has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend St Coud State University [MN] and participate for the Husky track and field team. Wayne is shown above in the TJ at the 2011 W-TFA Indoor Championships held at UW-Whitewater.

At the WIAA 2011 State Meet Wayne finished 8th in the D1 300m LH event and was on the Spartans 4x4 which placed 4th.

In the 2011 Wisconsin Little Ten Conference Meet Wayne was the champion in the 300m LH, placed 2nd in the TJ, and was on the West 1st place 4x4.

Above L-R: Taylor Uebersetzig and Candice Wayne

Molly Hanson, Dodgeville - Mineral Point High School

Dodgeville-Mineral Point senior Molly Hanson has signed a National Letter of Intent to attend Marquette University T XC.

As a junior at the State Meet Hanson [above right] anchored her team to a Silver Medal finish in the D2 4x8 relay race.

In the D2 800m run Hanson [right] finished second at La Crosse.

This last fall Hanson was a member of the Dodgeville-Mineral Point Cross Country Team which took home the championship of the D2 race held at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids. She finished as the D2 Champion with a time of 14.23.10.

Above left: Cross country pictures from the Midwest Invitatational held at Janesville, September 24, 2011.

On March 6th, 2012 at the DHS cafeteria in front of many classmates, parents and friends, Molly Hanson [left] signed a National Letter of Intent to accept an Athletic Scholarship from Marquette University to run Cross Country and Track starting in the Fall of 2012.

Molly is shown above shaking hands with her cross country coach Denny McGraw.

Hanson is following in the footsteps of her older sister, Michaela Courtney who also ran for Marquette in the mid 2000's. Michaela was also an alumni of the Dodge-Point Cross Country and Track programs. Molly is shown completing the NLI signing with her parents Ann and Joe as cross country coach and assistant track coach Denny McGraw [left] and athletic director and assistant track coach Scott Tolzman look on. Joe Hanson is the head boys and girls coach for the Dodgeville- Mineral Point track and field teams.

Signing photos by Brian Neil