GW Cross Country & Track Announces Incoming Recruiting Class
Colonials Welcome Largest Recruiting Class in Program History
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WASHINGTON -- George Washington cross country and track head coach Terry Weir has announced that a total of 22 student-athletes, five men and 17 women, have signed on to join the Colonials' cross country, indoor track and outdoor track rosters.
"This recruiting class represents the largest single class in the history of this program," said Coach Weir. "With this class size we've added some much-needed depth to both the men's and women's rosters. I believe a number of these incoming freshman will make an immediate impact within the Atlantic 10 this year. We are very excited about the Class of 2019."
The class features student-athletes from 11 states around the country.
The men's class includes Andrew Weber (Chicago, Ill./St. Ignatius Prep), Sawyer Bilton (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton Community), Connor James (Miami, Fla./Milton Academy (Mass.)), Aiden Kolenik (Reading, Mass./Reading Memorial) and Max Del Rio (Compton, Calif./Xavier College Prep).
Weber was a three-time All-Conference performer in cross country, helping St. Ignatius Prep to the Chicago Catholic League Cross Country Championship in 2012, IHSA Regional 3A Championship as a senior in 2014 and a pair of state championship meets (2013, 2014). He was also an IHSA State Final Individual Qualifier in the 3200m as a senior. He carries personal records of 2:02 in the 800m, 4:28 in the 1600m, 9:31 in the 3200m and 15:01 in the three-mile run into his freshman season.
Bilton was a two-time Most Valuable Player and the Boca Raton Community High School record holder in the 400m, 800m 4x400m Relay and 4x800m Relay. He won the conference, county, district and regional championships in the 800m before placing fourth overall in the Florida State Championship. He is also a First Team All-County selection for the 800m, 4x400m and 4x800m, and has personal records of 50.14 in the 400m and 1:55 in the 800m.
James was a two-time cross country Most Valuable Player at Milton Academy in Milton, Massachusetts. He served as team captain of both the cross country and track teams in his senior season and placed second in the 800m at the 2015 Independent Schools Track Association championship.
Kolenik competed at Reading Memorial High School and helped both the indoor and outdoor track teams to a number of championships during his four-year career. He also played a key role in helping Reading Memorial to the Division 2 Massachusetts state title in both 2012 and 2013. He holds a personal record of 1:57 in the outdoor 800m.
Taryn Millbourne (Philadelphia, Pa./Germantown Friends), Madison Yerke (Athens, Ohio/Athens), Rachael Hughen (Annapolis, Md./Indian Creek Upper School), Kennedy Whittington-Cooper (Westchester, N.Y./Mamaroneck), Kelli Stetson (San Diego, Calif./San Pasqual) and Gianna Smith (Media, Penn./The Episcopal Academy) highlight the women's recruiting class.
Millbourne was a four-time All-Friends School League selection at Germantown Friends School after setting school records in the 100m, 200m 4x400m (indoor and outdoor), distance medley relay, sprint medley relay and the 4x200m relay. She qualified for both American Outdoor Nationals (distance medley relay) and American Indoor Nationals (sprint medley relay) and won the PAISAA State Outdoor Individual Championship in the 200m as a senior. She also won three consecutive Friends School League individual titles in the 100m (2012-14) and back-to-back titles in the 200m (2013-14).
Yerke ran both cross country and track at Athens High School. The cross country team finished in fifth place in the Ohio State Championship meet in 2015 in addition to four conference titles (2011-14), two district championships (2013-14) and the 2014 regional championship. As an individual performer, she was both the individual district champion and regional runner-up as a senior in 2014. In track, she was a two-time conference champion in the 1600m (2014-15) while holding the conference and school records in the 1600m and district records for the 4x800m, 800m and 1600m. Her personal records include times of 18:39 for 5K cross country, 5:02.88 in the 1600m, 2:20.26 in the 800m and 11:35.71 in the 3200m.
Hughen, a two-sport athlete at Indian Creek Upper School who competed in cross country and soccer, was the IAAM C Conference Individual Cross Country champion and an All-Anne Arundel County selection as a senior. She recently was named the recipient of the Most Outstanding Female Athlete Award in addition to winning the Island-to-Island Ocean City Half Marathon in May.
Whittington-Cooper set school records in both the 100m dash and 55m dash at Mamaronceck High School. She was also an All-County selection for the indoor 4x400m relay in her junior season. As a senior, she ran the 400 leg of the Distance Medley Relay that was ranked 15th in the nation at the 2014 New Balance Indoor Nationals.
Stetson was the Avocado East League Individual Champion in the 3200m as a senior at San Pasqual High School. In cross country, she finished in third place in the CIF San Diego Division I cross country championship as a senior and also won the Avocado East League Championship.
Smith helped the Episcopal Academy track team to three consecutive InterAcademic League Championships (2013-15) and ran both the Sprint Medley Relay and the 4x400m relay at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals. She boasts personal records of 12.57 in the 100m dash and 8.13 in the 60m dash.
Lauren Anderson (Woburn, Mass./Woburn Memorial), Cassidy Elkins (San Francisco, Calif./Urban School), Halley Brown (Arlington, Tenn./Arlington), Lauren Battle (Cleveland, Ohio/Hathaway Brown School), Regan McAllister (Niceville, Fla./Niceville), Brigid Prial (Warwick, N.Y./Warwick Valley), Lesley Fatica (Aurora, Colo./Smoky Hill), Abby Llanos (Danbury, Conn./Danbury), Caroline Haskins (Cambridge, Mass./Thayer Academy) and Camille Sery-Ble (Florham Park, N.J./Hanover Park) round out the recruiting class.
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