PHILADELPHIA – The Penn cross country team has added eight freshmen to the fold, as announced by the James P Tuppeny Head Coach of Track and Field Charlie Powell.
Freshmen Josh Black, Matt Chylak, George Dickson III, Kevin Foy, Robert Foye, Mike Kiley, Matt Lorenzo and Sean Welleck add depth to a squad which finished eight out of 24 teams at the NCAA Mid-Atlantic Regionals a season ago.
Black was a four-year letterwinner at Haddon Heights (N.J.), winning a Group I state championship in 2007 and was an individual sectional champion in 2007 and 2008. He also was part of a cross country squad which won a county championship in 2008.
Chylak was a four-year letterwinner at Holy Ghost Prep (Pa.) and three year captain. As a junior, his cross country team won the District 1AAA championship. As a senior, Chylak finished third in the mile at the indoor track state championships and in the spring he finished seventh in the mile (4:16). For his efforts he was named the Bucks County Courier Times Runner of the Year.
Dickson III, a three-year letterwinner at Strath Haven (Pa.), was a two-year captain and part of a team which finished third in the state of Pennsylvania in 2006. As a senior, he was also named All-Delco in cross country.
Foy was a three-year letterwinner at West Windsor-Plainsboro (N.J.), captaining the team as a senior and leading his team to the sectionals in 2008. As a senior he was also named the team MVP. He has personal bests of 4:18 in the 1,600 meters and 9:20 in the 3,200 meters.
Foye, a three-year letterwinner at Judge Memorial Catholic (Utah), was part of a 2005 state championship cross country team and 2007 track state championship. The freshman was also part of two regional championships in cross country and three in track.
Kiley was a three-year letterwinner and captained Chaminade (N.Y.) cross country as a senior. In 2008, he was the Nassau-Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Association (NSCHSAA) individual champion in leading his team to the team championship. Additionally, the incoming freshman was the 2009 NSCHSAA indoor champion in the 1,600 meters and 3,200 meters. Kiley was also crowned the NSCHSAA outdoor champion in the 3,000-meter steeple chase and finished fourth in the event at the Nike Outdoor Nationals in June.
Lorenzo was a four-year letterwinner at Upper Dublin (Pa.). He was a three-time district and league champion, finishing fifth at states. The incoming freshman was also a three-time first-team all-league selection in cross country and was named all-league in track as a senior for his efforts in the 3,200 meters. Lorenzo also ran the 1,200-meter leg for Dublin’s victorious Distance Medley Relay at the 2009 Penn Relays.
Welleck was a three-year captain and four-year letterwinner at St. Michael’s Catholic Academy (Texas). As a senior, he was a Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS) 5A state champion in cross country and was also named academic all-state and TAPPS 5A all-state. In track, his team also won the TAPPS 5A state championship and Welleck was the TAPPS 5A state champion in the 800 meters and as a member 4x400-meter relay. He also broke the school record in the 800 with a time of 1:55.5 and has a personal best of 4:15 in the 1,600 meters.
The men’s cross country team begins their season when they travel down to Princeton to take part in the Old Nassau Run on September 12 – an event in which they finished second last year.