Women's Track Announces Class of 2020

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PHILADELPHIA – Penn Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Steve Dolan and his staff are set to welcome the addition of 22 student-athletes as part of the Quakers Class of 2020 for women’s track and field.

“I want to congratulate our coaching staff on enrolling an outstanding group of very accomplished women’s track & field student-athletes,” said Dolan. “The diversity of events in which this class excels will have an immediate impact on our team next year. I’m confident we will see some outstanding performances from this group in the Penn uniform in years to come.”

The incoming cohort hails from 11 different states and includes five women each from Pennsylvania and New Jersey, two from California, New York and North Carolina, and six individuals representing the states of Delaware, Florida, Texas, Georgia, Illinois and Ohio. Additionally, the Quaker footprint for the incoming 2016-17 academic year stretches over 2,800 miles from coast-to-coast.

The Penn women’s track and field Class of 2020 features:

NIA AKINS
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
High School: Rancho Bernardo
800m: 2:08.91
No. 20 in the nation for all 2016 returners.

RACHEL BESTON
Hometown: Newark, Del.
High School: Newark
3000m: 10:09.81
Ranked No. 1 in Delaware in 2015 and 2016… Indoor, outdoor and cross country runner-up at the Delaware state championships… Ranked No. 43 in the country for the indoor 3,000 meters.

ELENA BROWN-SOLER
Hometown: Chamblee, Ga.
High School: Chamblee
Heptathlon: 4771
100HH: 14.53
200m: 25.05
Long Jump: 18-8
High Jump: 5-6
Ranked No. 11 (2015) in the heptathlon… Finished fifth at World Youth Track & Field Trials.

BREANNE BYGRAVE
Hometown: Raleigh, N.C.
High School: Wakefield
55m: 7.16
60HH: 8.37
100HH: 13.94
Long Jump: 18-4
No. 4 in the 55HH and No. 9 in 60HH in the country in 2016…North Carolina indoor state champion in 55HH… Finished seventh at the 2016 New Balance Nationals in 60HH.

JULIANA CATINIA
Hometown: Egg Harbor Township, N.J.
High School: Egg Harbor Township
1600m: 4:57.28
2 Mile: 10:49.79
New Jersey state championship finalist in the 1,600 meters.

KATIE DEVORE
Hometown: Mamaroneck, N.Y.
High School: Mamaroneck
800m: 2:13.43
1000m: 2:52.64
All-American… 2016 New Balance National Champion in the 4x800 meter relay... Ranked No. 16 in the 1,000 meters and No. 29 in the 800 meters in the nation.

ZOE EARLY
Hometown: Cary, N.C.
High School: Apex
Pole Vault: 12-6
Ranked No. 2 in North Carolina.

CHIAMAKA ENE
Hometown: Rockwell, Texas
High School: Rockwall Heath
400m: 55.62
Texas State Championships finalist.

ERIN FEENEY
Hometown: Scranton, Pa.
High School: Scranton Prep
3000m 9:41.83
2mile: 10:28.92
Was the 2016 Pennsylvania indoor state champion in the 3,000 meters… Placed eighth at the New Balance National Indoor Championships in the two mile run… Ranked ninth (2016) in the nation in the 3,000 meters.

MAURA KIMMEL
Hometown: West Sunbury, Pa.
High School: Moniteau
Shot Put: 43-6

JULIET KOHLI
Hometown: Montclair, N.J.
High School: Montclair
5K (XC): 17:55.70
3200m: 10:55.02
Indoor Eastern States Champion in the 3,200 meters (2016).

TIA LIVINGSTON
Hometown: Piscataway, N.J.
High School: Union Catholic
Pentathlon: 3674
Heptathlon: 4952
55HH: 8.07
100HH: 14.14
200m: 25.13
400m: 56.66
Six-time all-American… 2016 U.S. No. 1 in pentathlon…2015 U.S. No. 6 in heptathlon… Ranked No. 1 in New Jersey for the 55HH…2016 55HH and 4x400 meter relay New Jersey state champion… Was the 2016 New Balance Nationals champion in the 4x400 meter relay and was the runner-up in the pentathlon.

MEREDITH NEWMAN
Hometown: Lancaster, Pa.
High School: Manheim
800m: 2:10.08
Pennsylvania state championship runner-up.

TUNIKA ONNEKIKAMI
Hometown: Rancho Palos Verdes
High School: Palos Verdes Peninsula
200m: 24.91
400m: 54.96
Finished ninth at the 2014 California state championships…One of California’s top 400 meter runners.

CHRISTINA RANCAN
Hometown: Princeton Junction, N.J.
High School: West Windsor Plainsboro South
1600m: 4:50.85
3200m: 10:43.54
Ranked No. 3 in the nation in the indoor 1,600 meters…Ranked No. 1 in New Jersey for the 1,600 meters… Two-time New Jersey state champion in the indoor 1,600 meters.

MIKAYLA SCHNEIDER
Hometown: Villanova, Pa.
High School: Academy of Notre Dame
400m: 56.52
800m: 2:11.13
Ranked No. 9 in the indoor 800 meters…One of Pennsylvania’s top 400 and 800 meter runners.

KATHRYN SCHOENAUER
Hometown: Princeton Junction, N.J.
High School: West Windsor Plainsboro South
55HH: 8.13
100HH: 14.69
Long Jump: 18-3.75
2015 New Jersey No. 2 in 55HH… 2015 U.S. No. 27 in 55HH… 2015 Eastern State Indoor Champion in long jump… Placed third at the Eastern States Championship and New Jersey state championship in the 55HH.

KATHERINE SCHROEDER
Hometown: Grayslake, Ill.
High School: Grayslake Central
Pole Vault: 12-9
Currently ranked No. 18 in the country in indoor pole vault.

ISIS SHOSHANNA TROTMAN
Hometown: Centerville, Ohio
High School: Centerville
Weight: 56-11
Discus: 140-3
Hammer: 160-2
Shot: 43-11
Ranked No. 4 (2015) in the nation in the weight… Ranked No. 21 in the country in hammer …2016 Ohio state champion in the weight.

MADDIE VILLALBA
Hometown: Doylestown, Pa.
High School: Central Bucks West
400m: 57.99
800m: 2:07.27
Currently ranked No. 9 in the country in the indoor 800 meters… U.S. No. 11 in the outdoor 800 meters (2015)… Pennsylvania indoor state champion and two-time outdoor state champion in the 800 meters.

OLIVIA WELSH
Hometown: Dunedin, Fla.
High School: Dunedin
100HH: 14.10
Pole Vault: 11-8
Ranked amongst the top-40 of all returners in 2016… Florida No. 13 in 100 meter hurdles… Finished third at the 2015 Florida state championships in 100 meter hurdles.