Rebels Sign Three During Fall Period|
Nov. 30, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV track & field program received signed national letters of intent from Payton Fratusco, Gizelle Reid and Juanita Webster, announced head coach Yvonne Wade Thursday. Both Reid and Fratusco are seniors in high school and will attend the University beginning with the 2018-19 academic year while Webster is a mid-year transfer and will be eligible to compete for the Scarlet & Gray this upcoming season.
Fratusco, who will also compete on the Rebels’ cross country team, attends Rocky Mountain High School in Meridian, Idaho. She owns personal-best times of 4:40.62 in the 1500m, 4:59.64 in the 1600m and 18:51.6 in the 5,000m (cross country).
“We are proud to have Payton join us at UNLV,” said Jebreh Harris, UNLV assistant track & field/head cross country coach. “Payton is a team player, a talented student-athlete, and will have an automatic effect on cross country and track & field programs. She will come to us as a member of the National Honors Society, as well.”
“I chose UNLV because when I came to visit the school, I was so happy when I met the coach and the team,” said Fratusco. “I was welcomed with open arms; literally, everyone was giving me hugs when they first met me. I felt really comfortable around the team and coaches. Everyone was so friendly and fun to be around. UNLV also has the programs I am super interested in and everyone including the coaches and academic advisors made me feel like I was very important and would be well take care of from the start. It’s just a great atmosphere, all around.”
Reid is a local product out of Las Vegas, who attends Rancho High School. At the 2017 NIAA State Track & Field Championships, she won the 4A title in the 400m behind a time of 54.98, and ran legs of the state champion 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400m relay squads. She owns personal-best times of 7.61 in the 60m, 11.86 in the 100m, 24.34 in the 200m and 54.81 in the 400m.
“We are extremely excited to add a great, local talent like Gizelle,” said Wade. “She will make a big impact on the team next year and we are happy she is a Rebel!”
Reid said, “I chose UNLV because the track program is great. They made me feel welcome and it is near home and my family.”
Webster will transfer to UNLV after attending and competing the last two years for Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. The Redlands, California, product joins the Rebels after she led the Falcons to back-to-back CCCAA State, Southern California and South Coast Conference titles in 2016 and 2017. At the 2017 state meet, she scored 48 of the team’s state-record 149.5 team points with individual titles in the heptathlon, 100m hurdles, triple jump and long jump. Nationally, her 5,471 points in the heptathlon were the most in the country, while her 100m hurdles time (13.65) and triple jump mark (12.96m) ranked second. She finished fourth in the country in the long jump (6.10m) and sixth in the javelin (42.72m). She also finished first at the state championships in the heptathlon. Prior to college, she helped Redlands HS to two straight CIF Division II titles as well as four Citrus Belt League championships.s
“Juanita is a phenomenal athlete, and we are so excited to have her as a Rebel,” said Wade. “She will have a huge impact on this team because she is a talent in a number of events.”
“I chose UNLV because the school has the resources that will allow me to achieve my goals academically and athletically,” said Webster.