PHILADELPHIA - A large and diverse group of incoming freshmen will join the University of Pennsylvania track and field teams in 2014-15 as Director of Cross Country/Track & Field Steve Dolan officially announced the Class of 2018 on Wednesday.
"We are very excited to welcome a talented group of student-athletes to our program this fall," Dolan said. "This group excels across a wide variety of events and will have major impact on our future success. They are gifted both academically and athletically and should be a fun group to follow in years to come. The Class of 2018 will be a great addition to our program and the University of Pennsylvania community."
The incoming class is split nearly evenly among men and women as well as across events. The new class of Quakers hails from 16 different states as well as another from Canada. The home state of Pennsylvania is the most represented, while the Class of 2018 also has boasts members from Washington, California, Utah, Texas and Florida among others.
The newest Quakers will join the team for preseason practice in August. The first cross country meet of the season is set for Sept. 12 in Philadelphia's Belmont Plateau. The 2014-15 track and field schedule will be announced later this summer.
See below for some standout performances from the incoming freshman class.
Middle Distance \\ West Morris Central (N.J.)
Best Times: 1600m - 4:48.48; 800m - 2:12.06
Ranked 39th in the nation in the 1,600 meters ... Claimed the 2014 Indoor New Jersey State Meet of Champions title in the 1,600 meters ... Placed 12th at the 2014 New Balance Indoor National Championships in the mile ... Placed seventh in the mile at the 2014 Millrose Games.
Throws \\ Doylestown (Pa.)
Best Marks: Discus - 148-0 ft; Shot Put - 43-06.25 ft
Ranked 48th in the nation in the discus ... Two-time state champion in the discus (2013, 2014) ... Placed fourth in the shot put a tthe 2014 state championships ... Placed third in the discus at the 2014 Penn Relays.
Distance \\ Mira Costa (Calif.)
Best Time: 5K XC Race - 17:37.00
Placed ninth at the 2013 Western Regional Foot Locker Cross Country Championships at the Mt. SAC course .... Finished 30th at the 2013 Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships ... Finished in sixth place at the 2013 California Cross Country State Championships.
Sprints \\ Oakland Catholic (Pa.)
Best Times: 60m -7.67; 100m -11.96; 200m - 24.73
Ranked fourth in the state in the 100 meters ... Ranked fifth in the state in the 60 meters ... Ranked 27th in the nation for the Class of 2014 in the 60 meters and ranked among the top 50 of all classes ... Placed sixth and seventh, respectively in the 100 and 200 meters at the state championships ... Won the 2014 district championship in the 100 meters with a meet record.
Sprints \\ Friends Academy (N.Y.)
Best Times: 400m - 55.55; 800m - 2:13.76
Ranked second in her class in New York state in the 400 meters ... 2013 runner up and 2014 state champion in the 400meters ... Two-time sectional champion and two-time county champion in the 400 meters.
Distance \\ Allen D. Nease (Fla.)
Best Times: 5k XC: 17:20.00
2013 Foot Locker Cross Country National Qualifier ... Placed 10th at the Foot Locker Cross Country South Regional Championships and went on to place 37th at the National Championships ... Finished third at the 2013 Florida State Cross Country Championships.
Gina Alm \\ Hampton HS (Pa.) \\ 800m - 2:13.65; 1600m - 4:57.42
Barbara Biney \\ Mountlake Terrace (Wash.) \\ 60m - 7.68; 100m - 12.02; 200m - 25.06; LJ - 18'2.5"
Brianna Bradley \\ Frontenac School (Canada) \\ 1,500m - 4:45
Bianca Donadio \\ Classical (R.I.) \\ Hammer - 155'1; PV 11'0; Wt. - 48'7.5
Hailey Dougherty \\ Oakton (Va.) \\ 1,600m - 5:04.99; 3,200m - 10:54.00
Emily Fisher \\ Unionville (Pa.) \\ 1,600m - 5:03.35; 3,200m - 10:51.62
Mackenzie Gray \\ The Governors Academy (Mass.) \\ 800m - 2:17.86
Isabel Griffith \\ Dulaney (Md.) \\ 1,600m - 5:03.66; 3,000m - 10:00.19
Lily Huntsman \\ Highland (Utah) \\ 800m - 2:17.02
Emily Jiang \\ Ardsley (N.Y.) \\ Long Jump - 18'4.5
Molly Minnig \\ Maret School (D.C.) \\ PV - 12'0
Kenton Neel \\ Lake Travis (Texas) \\ 100m - 11.85; 200m - 24.92
Sydney Schnaedel \\ T.C. Williams (Va.) \\ 800m - 2:13.76; PV - 11'3
Kennedy Wong \\ Ursuline Academy (Del.) \\ 5k - 18:39
Jumps \\ Howell (N.J.)
Best Mark: High Jump - 6'10"
Two-time All-American (placed fifth at the 2014 Outdoor New Balance Nationals (6'9") and third at the same meet in 2013) ... Ranked among the top 50 in the nation in the Senior Class of 2014 ... Won the 2014 New Jersey State Indoor Meet of Champions and was the runner up at the state outdoor Meet of Champions ... 2014 Indoor Eastern State Champion.
Jumps \\ Providence Catholic (Ill.)
Best Mark: High Jump - 6'11"
Ranked third in the state of Illinois ... Represented Team USA at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine ... 2013 Illinois state champion.
Throws \\ Babylon (N.Y.)
Best Marks: Hammer- 218-08 ft; Weight- 65-9 ft.
All American honoree with a sixth-place finish in the hammer at the 2014 New Balance Outdoor National Championships ... 2014 Eastern state champion in the hammer ... Placed fourth at the 2014 Millrose Games in the weight throw ... Placed first at the 2014 New Balance Games in the weight throw.
Middle Distance \\ Council Rock South (Pa.)
Best Times: 400m - 48.64; 800m - 1:50.37
Ranked 11th in the nation in the 800 meters ... Earned All-America honors with a sixth-place finish at the 2014 New Balance Indoor National Championships in the 800 meters ... Runner up in the 800 at the 2014 Pennsylvania State Championships.
Distance \\ Council Rock North (Pa.)
Best Times: 3200m- 8:56.29; Mile- 4:15.09
2014 Pennsylvania state champion in the 3,200 meters en route to setting a new state record ... Placed ninth at the 2014 New Balance Indoor National Championships ... Ranked 24th in the nation for the indoor mile and the outdoor 3,200 as a senior ... Finished 10th at the 2014 Foot Locker Cross Country Regional meet and 26th at the 2014 Foot Locker Cross Country National Championships ... 2013 runner up at the Pennsylvanaia State Cross Country Championships.
Barrington Bennett \\ St. Peter's Prep (N.J.) \\ 60H - 7.97; 110H - 15.20
Mike Benz \\ Delbarton (N.J.) \\ PV -15'0
James Buser \\ Mahwah (N.J.) \\ 800m - 1:52.21
Sean Collins \\ Carlisle Area (Pa.) \\ 400m - 50.37; 200m - 22.52
Thomas Connelly \\ Wilmington Friends School (Del.) \\ 3,200m - 9:26; 1,600m - 4:20
Jonathan Goodson \\ Boiling Springs (Pa.) \\ 800m - 1:54.75
Patrick Hally \\ Salesianum School (Del.) \\ 3,200m - 9:14.38; 1,600m - 4:18.09
Luke Knouse \\ West Perry (Pa.) \\ Javelin - 173'5
Ellery Lassiter \\ Walnut Hills (Ohio) \\ Discus - 163'3; Shot - 54'2.25
James Leddy \\ St. Anthony's (N.Y.) \\ Hammer - 173'5; Wt. - 67'1.5
Chris Luciano \\ Mountain Lakes (N.J.) \\ 3,200m - 9:12.22
Tommy Mulroy \\ Midlothian High (Va.) \\ Second at XC Southeast Regional
Jordan Palmer \\ Atholton (Md.) \\ Triple Jump - 46'11.5
Tim Schanstra \\ Pope John XXIII (N.J.) \\ Decathlon - 6,442 pts.
C.J. Simpson \\ Upper Darby (Pa.) \\ Triple Jump - 47'7.75; High Jump - 6'6"