Cross Country/Track Adds 12 Newcomers for 2017-18
Seven women and five men join Colonials to contribute to continuing rise of program
WASHINGTON - George Washington cross country and track head coach Terry Weir has announced that 12 student-athletes will be joining both the men's and women's teams this fall for the 2017-18 season. The recruiting class includes seven women and five men.
"We are excited about our incoming class of 2021," said Weir. "We have added to areas in both of our men's and women's programs where we needed more depth. And in terms of talent - it is our deepest class yet and I believe everyone that we brought in this year's class will contribute immediately. I'm very excited to see what our cross country and track teams will accomplish in the near future."
"On the women's side we've added student-athletes that have the range to compete both in the middle distances and distance events," said Weir. "We are really excited to see how this group develops over the next few years."
Exeter, New Hampshire/Phillips Exeter Academy
Ran winter and spring track at Phillips Exeter Academy under head coach Brandon Newbould … PRs: Outdoor 1500m – 4:46.10, Outdoor 3000m – 10:29.18, Indoor 2 Miles – 11:44.58.
Hamilton, MA/Hamilton-Wenham Regional
Helped Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School to three consecutive Cape Ann League Championships (2013-16) and Emass Championships (2013-16) … also helped team to a pair of state championships (2013-14) … four-time cross country Salem News All-Star (2013-16), Cape Ann League All-Star (2013-16) and Emass All-Star (2013-16) … All-State All-Star for cross country in 2015 … two-time MSTCA All-Academic Team (2015, 2016) … member of National Honor Society.
Four-time Regional Qualifier in cross country at Belton High School under head coach Holly Lamberte … also was a state qualifier … helped team to District Championship in all four years … holds 5K Personal Record of 18:54 … also a two-time Area Qualifier and a one-time Regional Quallifier in outdoor track for the 3200m … holds personal records of 5:26 in the 1600m and 11:32 in the 3200m … member of National Honor Society … AP Scholar.
Springfield, Vermont/Kimball Union Academy
Two-year team captain at Kimball Union Academy … placed second overall at Lakes Region Championship (2016) and fourth overall at the NEPSAC DIII Championship (2016) … 2015 Most Valuable Player … member of Cum Laude Society … earned Academic High Honors all four years of high school … member of Tri-and-Fit Triathlon Club Team … placed 13th at USAT Junior Elite Nationals (2016) and 20th at the Junior North American Championships (2017).
Golden Bridge, New York/John Jay
Helped cross country team at John Jay High School to New York State Championship as a junior in 2015 … also helped team to State runner-up performance as a senior in 2016 and the Federation Team Championship as a freshman in 2013.
Easton, Pennsylvania/Wilson Area
Six-time state qualifier at Wilson Area High School under head coach Mike Browne … helped track team to pair of 4x800m Relay championships (2014, 2017) … named Wilson Area High School Runner of the Year for both Cross Country and Track … nominated for Athlete of the Year … member of National Honor Society.
Doylestown, Pennsylvania/The Bolles School
Helped cross country team at The Bolles School (Jacksonville, Florida) to four consecutive 2A State Championships (2012-15) … also helped track team to a trio of state championships (2013, 2014, 2015) … recipient of Bolles Track and Field Most Improved Distance Runner Award and Coaches Award … placed eighth overall as both a junior and senior in the Class 2A State Championship 800-meter race … also helped 4x800m relay team to a pair of state championships (2015, 2016) … All-Region performer in the 1600m … helped 4x400m relay to fourth-place finish in the Class 2A State Championship as a junior.
"On the men's side we have added guys that will really help us in the cross country and distance events," said Weir. "We have four talented freshmen that we think will develop into Atlantic 10 scorers for us in the future. And we also added Matt Lange, a graduate transfer from Furman. Matt is just coming into his own now and will bring experience and maturity to a relatively young distance group."
Orange, Connecticut/Amity Regional
Three-time New Haven Register All-Area Cross Country performer (2014-16) … also earned All-Area honors from New Haven Register for both indoor track (2014, 2016) and outdoor track (2015-16) … earned All-State honors for cross country (2014-16) and was an All-New England Cross Country performer (2016) … New Haven Register All-Area MVP (2014) … SCC Cross Country MVP (2014) … helped Amity Regional High School to Class LL State Cross Country championships (2014-15) … helped Amity Regional to Class LL State Cross Country Team Championship (2014, 2015), SCC Cross Country Team Champions (2014, 2015) … 2014 SCC Cross Country Individual Champion … helped Amity Regional Indoor Track team to three straight SCC Indoor Track Team Championships (2013, 2014, 2015) … SCC Indoor Track 1600m Champion (2015, 2016) and 3200m Champion (2014) … New England Indoor Qualifier for 3200m (2014), 4x800m (2015) and 1600m (2016) … New Balance Indoor Nationals Qualifier for both the Mile (2013) and 5000m (2014) … school record holder for 4x800m (2015) … SCC Outdoor Track Team Champions (2013, 2015) … SCC Outdoor Track 1600m Champion (2014) … New England Outdoor Qualifier 3200m (2014) … New England Outdoor Qualifier 4x800m (2015) … member of school-record 4x800m relay team (2015). Hold 5K PR of 15:34 and track PRs of 4:22 in the mile and 9:24 for 2 miles.
East Greenwich, Rhode Island/East Greenwich
First Team All-State and Second Team All-New England cross country runner at East Greenwich High School … holds 5K PR of 15:55 … helped team to Class C Championship as a senior with a first-place performance out of 102 competitors in 16:30 … also helped both the Indoor and Outdoor track teams to Class C Championships … holds outdoor track PRs of 8:55 in the 3000m and 9:28 in the 3200m … member of National Honor Society … served as President of the Investment Club and Vice President of the Politics Club … also served as editor of school paper.
Westmont, Illinois/Hinsdale Central
Two-time Most Valuable Player for cross country team at Hinsdale Central High School … helped team to 3A State Championship as a sophomore in 2014.
Schenectady, New York/Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons/Furman
Competed in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track from 2013-17 at Furman University … recorded three top-10 finishes during 2016 cross country season, including a ninth-place all-conference finish at the SoCon Championship … posted two top-10 finishes in cross country as a junior ... holds track PRs of 3:54.90 in the 1500m, 8:18.91 in the 3000m and 14:37.79 in the 5000m... three-time qualifier for the state cross country championships at Notre Dame-Bishop Gibbons High School.
San Diego, California/Cathedral Catholic
Two-year team captain of cross country team at Cathedral Catholic High School under head coach Dan Geiger … two-time recipient of Coach’s Award … three-time participant at the California State Championship … as a senior, helped team to second-place finish at the CIF San Diego Sectional and then a win at the California Division 3 State Championship … team placed 15th overall in the United States as a senior at the Nike Cross Country Nationals … PRs: XC 5K – 16:05.30, 3-Mile – 15:34.80, … member of National Honor Society and California Scholarship Federation .. recipient of 2016-17 Male Academic Athlete of the Year at Cathedral Catholic … four-year Academic Honors Award … recipient of Richard Charles Albanese Memorial Scholarship … two-year recipient of Academic Athlete Award from the San Diego Union-Tribune.
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