Razorbacks announce 15 new additions from summer signings

FAYETTEVILLE – New additions to the Razorback program include 10 transfers and five incoming freshmen from recent Arkansas signings this summer. The group of 15 talented athletes cover a range of events for the 2024-25 season with sprinters, hurdlers, middle distance, distance runners, and jumpers.

Brandon Green, Jr. collected a bronze medal in the triple jump at the 2024 NCAA Outdoor Championships while with Oklahoma and won the Big 12 title. Green established a career best of 55-0 (16.76) in winning the 2024 Mt. SAC Relays.

A silver medalist in the 400m at the 2024 NCAA Indoor Division II Championships, Jonah Vigil joins Arkansas from Adams State, where he claimed eight titles in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference. Vigil has best times of 20.83 and 46.46.

A pair of Kenyans from Akron – Timothy Chesondin and Brian Masai – join the Razorbacks. Masai is a six-time Mid-American conference champion in five events – 1,500m/Mile, 3,000m, 5,000m (twice), and 10,000m.

Chesondin earned an All-America honor for placing 36th in the 2023 NCAA Cross Country Championships. He also won the Mid-American 10,000m in 2024 while finishing second in the 5,000m to Masai.

A World U20 long jump finalist in 2022, Uroy Ryan arrives from Central Missouri. Ryan is from Kingston, Jamaica, but represents St. Vincent and the Grenadines internationally. Competing at Jamaica College in high school, he led the field at the Jamaican U20 Championships with a wind-aided leap of 26-3.5 (8.01).

Ryan won the long jump at the 2023 Boys & Girls Championships. In 2022, he was runner-up at the Penn Relays and Carifta Games.

Jamaican hurdler Vashaun Vascianna arrives from Texas Tech, where he placed fourth in the 60m hurdles at the 2022 NCAA Indoor Championships. Zyaire Nuriddin earned an All-America honor at the 2024 NCAA Indoor on Tennessee’s sixth place 4 x 400m relay. Davis Helmerich is a two-time finalist in the SEC 1,500m from Missouri, placing fifth in 2024.

Camren Fischer returns to his hometown of Fayetteville from Princeton, where he won the 2019 NCAA Mid-Atlantic Region in cross country. Fischer, a three-time Arkansas Gatorade Athlete of the Year in cross country and once in track and field, set a mile best of 3:58.73 racing in the 2022 Arkansas Qualifier.

Dawson Welch, who graduated from Har-Ber High School in Springdale, returns from Tennessee. Welch claimed Arkansas 6A State titles in the 800m in 2023 and 1,600m in 2022 while also being a member of the winning 4 x 800m relay.

Five incoming freshmen include Jake Blakely of Farmington; Donovan Bitticks of Scottsdale, Arizona; Joshua Rammage of Southmoore, Oklahoma; Eli Seavey of Bentonville; and Leo Spitzer of Austin, Texas.

Bitticks finished as the silver medalist in 1,600m at the State Championship meet in Arizona after sweeping three events at Arizona Division II Championships. Rummage claimed the 2024 Oklahoma 800m State title and finished fifth in the 1,600m.

Blakely won the high jump title at 2023 Arkansas Indoor Championships. Seavey captured the Arkansas 6A 800m title this season and finished third in the 1,600m. Spitzer finished as runner-up in the Emerging Elite 1,500m at the 2023 Nike Outdoor Nationals.

Transfers          Previous School    Hometown | High School

Timothy Chesondin Akron Eldoret, Kenya | St. Paul Kapkessum Secondary
Camren Fischer Princeton Fayetteville, Arkansas | Fayetteville HS
Brandon Green, Jr. Oklahoma Ruston, Louisiana | Ruston HS
Davis Helmerich Missouri Highlands Ranch, Colorado | Mountain Vista HS
Brian Masai Akron Kitale, Kenya | Gituamba Secondary
Zyaire Nuriddin Tennessee Newark, Delaware | Montverde Academy (Fla.)
Uroy Ryan Central Missouri Kingston, Jamaica | Jamaica College
Vashaun Vascianna Texas Tech Kingston, Jamaica | Kingston College
Jonah Vigil Adams State Taos, New Mexico | Taos HS
Dawson Welch Tennessee Springdale, Arkansas | Har-Ber HS

Freshmen                                 Hometown | High School

Donovan Bitticks   Scottsdale, Arizona | Scottsdale Horizon HS
Josh Blakely   Farmington, Arkansas | Farmington HS
Joshua Rammage   Southmoore, Oklahoma | Southmoore HS
Eli Seavey   Bentonville, Arkansas | Bentonville HS
Leo Spitzer   Austin, Texas | Anderson HS