GW Cross Country and Track Announces Incoming Recruiting Class
Colonials Sign Six Women and Six Men for Inaugural Track Class
July 17, 2014
WASHINGTON - George Washington cross country and track head coach Terry Weir has announced that a total of 12 student-athletes, six female and six male, have signed on to join the Colonials' cross country rosters for the 2014 season and to compete in the winter and spring seasons of indoor and outdoor track.
"I am very happy to welcome this incoming class to George Washington as we prepare to compete year round in the Atlantic 10 in cross country, indoor and outdoor track," said Coach Weir. "Being able to afford these student-athletes the opportunity to compete all year will play a huge role in our athletic achievements moving forward."
The incoming class on both the men's and women's sides will compete year round in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track, with an emphasis on middle and distance events in track.
The recruiting class features student-athletes from eight states around the country as well as Ontario, Canada.
A standout athlete with international competition experience, Day represented Canada at the IAAF World Youth Track & Field Championships, participating in the 800 meter run in Ukraine in summer 2013. He will return to the event this summer after qualifying in the 800 for the second consecutive year. A three-time Most Valuable Player of the track team at Vincent Massey Secondary School, Day was the Provincial Bronze Medalist in the 800 as a senior after being named Athlete of the Year and Provincial Gold Medalist in the 400 and 800 as a sophomore. In track, he was also the Provincial Silver medalist in the 400 meter and 300 meter hurdles as a freshman. Academically, Day is a four-year member of honor roll and holds a 4.0 GPA.
Dublirer was named First Team All-Bergen County as a member of the 4x800 meter indoor relay team as a junior and a senior at Ridgewood High School. Also a Second Team All-Bergen County selection as member of 4x400 team as a senior, Dublirer garnered honors as a Third Team All-Bergen County for the 800 (indoor) and 1600 (outdoor) this year. He helped Ridgewood to the State Sectional Indoor championship as a junior and was an All-American and county record holder as a member of the 4x800 meter relay team which placed fifth at the New Balance Nationals. He has also helped Ridgewood's outdoor track team to County Relay, County Group and State Sectional Championship as a junior. Dublirer contributed to Ridgewood's outdoor track team winning of the County Relay and State Sectional championship as a senior. His 5,000 meter personal best entering his freshman season stands at 16:14.
Harris was a four-time All-County, three-time All-Region and All-State performer at Lexington High School under coaches Bailey Harris and Matt Oberly. He helped the cross country team to four straight AAAA State Titles while finishing second as part of the 4x800 meter relay event at the South Carolina State Championship. Also a member of the South Carolina Distance Medley Relay state record team, Harris is an AP Scholar with Distinction and an Army ROTC Scholarship recipient.
The recipient of Athlete of the Year Award at Satellite High School as a senior, Shaffer was an All-Cape Coast Conference selection for track and field as a junior and a senior. He also served as the two-year team captain of both the cross country (2012, 2013) and track teams (2013, 2014). A district champion in the 1600 meter and 800 meter runs as a senior, Shaffer was the Florida state runner-up in the 1600. He holds personal records of 4:22 in the 1600 and 1:58 in the 800 entering his freshman season at GW. He also played soccer in high school, serving as team captain and winning team Most Valuable Player award as a senior.
DePinto led Syosset High School with a first-place finish in the 1600 meter run at the New York State Section VIII Championships, registering a time of 4:23.29. He totaled three top-ten finishes in the 3200 during his senior outdoor track season, including seventh place at the New York State meet this spring, first place in the State Qualifier meet and second place overall at the Section VIII Class County Championships. He also ran as part of the 4x800 meter relay, helping the squad to a pair of first-place finishes at the Section VIII County Championship Meet and the New York State qualifier meet.
Arnold was captain of both the winter and spring track teams at Melrose High School under head coach John Bleiler. He carries personal records of 4:31.6 in the 1600 meters, 2:38.44 in the 1000 meters and 1:32.84 in the 600.
A graduate transfer from Dartmouth, Rowe helped the Big Green's cross country team to the 2013 Ivy League Championship and an appearance at NCAA National Qualifiers. She also finished in third place in the 10,000 meters at the 2013 ECAC Championship Meet. In high school, she was a four-year letterwinner in cross country and track at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont. In both her junior and senior seasons she was named the Gatorade Vermont Runner of the Year in both cross country and track.
Coulter was a First Team BCL West All-League Selection and Most Valuable Player at Convent of the Sacred Heart as a senior. She placed third overall out of 125 at the Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational and also finished ninth overall out of 142 at the North Coast Section CIF Cross Country Championship. Additionally, she took 19th place out of 198 in the California CIF Cross Country State Championships.
DiBiasio was the Southwestern Conference Champion and District Champion in the 3,200 meter run as a senior at Berea-Midpark High School under head coach Barb Hunter. A two-time Cross Country captain, she also served as the track captain as a senior. A four-time cross country Most Valuable Player, Dibiasio was also a three-time regional and state qualifier in cross country. In track, she was a three-time All-SWC selection for the 3,200 meters and a regional qualifier as a senior.
Mason-Sharma competed for GW Club Cross Country in 2013-14 after serving as team captain for track and field at West Morris Mendham High School under coach Roy Hamblen. She holds records in the Intermediate Hurdle Relay, Shuttle Hurdle Relay and Intermediate Hurdle Relay at her high school. As a senior she helped West Morris Mendham to second place at the New Jersey Spring Track Sectional and the Morris County Championships. Mason-Sharma was also was part of Morris County relay championship squad (2013) and 2012 New Jersey Winter Track State Group Championship. Additionally, she was a 2012 All-Daily Record Honorable Mention.
Shenk was a two-year cross country captain and served as track captain as a senior at Great Valley High School. The recipient of the Most Dedicated Award as a junior and senior, she helped her team to first place at Ches Mont Championship as a senior. In the classroom, she is an AP Scholar and member of Distinguished Honor Roll.
Lauren t'Kint de Roodenbeke
t'Kint de Roodenbeke was a four-time Union Tribune Scholar Athlete for both cross country and track at Carlsbad High School. She was an All-League First Team selection and Second Team during her scholastic career and was named Most Valuable Player of cross country team as a senior. She was also named Best Distance Runner as a sophomore (among underclassmen) and as a senior (among entire roster). She holds personal records of 19:11 in the 5,000 meters, 5:15:04 in the 1600, 2:24.43 in the 800 and 11:15.69 in the 3200.