GW Cross Country & Track Welcomes 19 Newcomers for 2016-17 Season

Aug. 11, 2016

WASHINGTON - George Washington cross country and track head coach Terry Weir has announced that a total of 19 student-athletes, 12 men and seven women, have signed on to join the Colonials cross country, indoor track and outdoor track rosters.

The class features student-athletes from 13 states across the country and one international recruit from Italy.

"We are very excited about this class of men we have coming in this year," said Coach Weir. "We added some much needed depth to the men's team which look to build the future of around this incoming class."

The men's class includes Ira Clark (Claremont,CA/Claremont), Jack Conlon (Fort Collins, CO/Fort Collins), Jakob Coombes (El Paso, TX/Captain John L. Chapin), brothers Frank and Ed Delavergne (Warrantor, VA/Facquier), Jon Dooling (Old Bridge, NJ/Christian Brothers Academy), Evan Garry (Syosset, NY/Syosset), Paul Housey (Darien, CT/Milton Academy), Jared Nelson (Fairless Hills, PA/The Lawrenceville School), Anthony Ruiz (Saylorsburg, PA/Pleasant Valley/ East Stroudsburg), Justin Scott (Bristol,PA/Notre Dame) and Colin Wills (Upper Chichester, PA/Malvern Prep).



Clark competed as a member of the varsity track team all four-years at Claremont High School and was an eight-time league finalist and three-time CIF Southern preliminary competitor. He holds personal records of 11.17 in the 100m and 22.58 in the 200m.

Conlon served as team captain at Fort Collins High School and teamed with fellow incoming freshman Joe Krafsur. He played a key role in leading his school to consecutive runner-up finishes at CHSAA Cross Country Championships and placed 14th overall in the 3200m at the Colorado State Championship.

Coombes was a two-time USA Track & Field All-American for both cross country and track (800m) at Captain John L. Chapin High School in El Paso, TX. He holds personal records of 22.10 in the 200m, 50.04 in the 400m, a school-record 1:55 in the 800m, and 4:11.08 in the 1500m.

Ed Delavergne was a three-time All-State performer in the 4x400m, a ten-time All-Region performer, spanning the 4x400m, 4x200m and 500m, and a six-time All-Conference performer at Facquier High School. Brother of fellow teammate Frank Delavergne, Ed ran as a member of the 4x400m relay team that won the Virginia State Championship for the 2014 Indoor season and qualified twice at the New Balance Nationals in the outdoor 4x400m.

Frank Delavergne competed in indoor and outdoor track at Facquier High School and posted a school-record in the 4x400m (3:18.45) at the 2014 New Balance Outdoor Nationals. He was a two-time All-State selection for indoor 4x400m (2013, 2014) and 2014 outdoor track All-State selection. He was also a five-time All-District and five-time All-Conference performer and qualified for the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in 2012.

Dooling competed at Christian Brothers Academy and helped his team to four consecutive Shore Conference Cross Country Championships. He boats personal-best track times of 4:27 in the 1600m and 9:40 in the 3200m and placed 15th overall at the 2015 NJSIAA Non Public State Championship. He also finished second at the Nike Cross Country Northeast Regional Meet before ranking 111th at the Nike Cross Nationals Meet.

Garry was an All-Nassau County and All-New York state track performer at Syossett Heigh School. He was a NYSHSAA Section VII Champion in the 600m, while helping his team to the Section VIII Team Championship. He boats personal records of 49.70 in the 400m, 1:27.70 in the 600m and 1:59.20 in the 800m.

Housey competed as a two-sport athlete in cross country and track at Milton Academy in Darien, CT. He helped the track team to consecutive undefeated seasons and two ISL Championships in 2015 and 2016. He owns personal bests of 16:40 in the cross country 500m, 9:25 in the 3000m, 4:11 in the 1500m, and 2:03 in the 800m.

Nelson was a Mid-Atlantic Prep League Long Jump and Triple Jump champion as a senior at The Lawrenceville School and helped his team to four consecutive championships for both indoor and outdoor track across his four years. He was a All-MAPL Indoor Track selection as a senior and ran the first leg of both the 4x100m and 800m Spring Medley at the 2016 Outdoor New Balance Nationals track meet.

Ruiz was a three-time USTFCCCA All-Academic Team honoree and three-time member of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll at East Stroudsburg University.

Scott was a two-time Mercer County Champion and an All-County performer in the 4x400m for both indoor and outdoor track in 2015. He owns personal-best times of 23.20 for the 200m and 50.75 for the 400m, and placed third overall at the New Jersey Sectional Meet.

Wills was a two-sport athlete at Malvern Prep, competing in indoor/outdoor track and cross country. He was a First Team All-InterAC and First Team All-Independent Schools State performer in both cross country and track and holds his school's record in the mile. He also helped his cross country team to three consecutive InterAC Championships (2012-2014) and two Pennsylvania Independent Schools Cross Country Championships (2013, 2014).

"We have some very talented girls in this incoming class and I believe many of them can make an impact immediately this fall," said Coach Weir.

Elizabeth Bolaji (Colleyville, TX/ Colleyville Heritage), J'niya Butler (Washington, DC/ McKinley Tech), Suzanne Dannheim (Jacksonville, FL/The Bolles School), Macy Evans (Bloomington, IN/Bloomington High School South), Rachel Gallivan (El Paso, TX/Captain John L. Chapin), Greta Goetz (Minneapolis, MN/ Washburn) and Gabriella Vlattas (Carmel, NY/John F. Kennedy Catholic) round out the recruiting class for the women.

Bolaji was a district champion in the 100m dash as a senior at Colleyville High School. She was also a member of the 4x100m District Championship relay team as a sophomore.

Butler helped her 4x400m relay team at McKinley Technical High School to first place at the 2016 DCIAA High School Outdoor City Championships. She also ran as part of the first-placed 4x400m and 4x800m relay teams at the 2016 DCIAA High School Developmental Meet.

Dannheim competed as a two-sport athlete in cross country and track at The Bolles School and helped the cross country team to four consecutive state championships (2012-15) and two track state championships (2014, 2016). She finished 10th overall at the Florida State Cross Country Championship in her senior season and placed seventh overall in the 1600m at the Florida State Track Championship in 2015 and 2016.

Evans was a two-sport athlete competing in cross country and track at Bloomington High School South. She helped lead the track team to the Conference Indiana Championship as a senior and contributed to the schools's two Sectional Championships (2014, 2016) and four Regional Championships (2013-2016). She finished fourth overall in the 3200m with a time of 11:50.69 as a senior at the 2016 Sectional Championship.

Gallivan helped lead her Captain L. Chapin High School cross country team to consecutive district championships (2014, 2015) and three straight Regional Championship appearances (2014-16). She finished second overall at the District Championships as a senior before placing 13th at Regionals and was a three-time All-District honoree as well as a two-time All-City Cross Country selection.

Goetz competed at Washburn High School and was a two-time All-City Conference Champion in the 800m (2014, 2015). She helped her team to two consecutive All-City Conference Championships and was a two-time All-City conference selection in the 4x800m (2014, 2015).

Vlattas was a two-time Indoor Track & Field Most Valuable Player (2014, 2016) at John F. Kennedy High School in Carmel, NY. She placed second overall in the 3000m at the 2016 NYS Indoor Track & Field State Qualifiers before placing 23rd overall at the NYS Championship. She boasts a personal best time of 10:45.48 in the 3000m.

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