Track & Field Program Announces Strong Signing Class

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Director and Head Coach of Track and Field/CC Beth Alford-Sullivan

Director and Head Coach of Track and Field/CC Beth Alford-Sullivan

Feb. 27, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Penn State men's and women's track and field program is excited to announce its 2014 recruiting class. Joining the Nittany Lion programs are student-athletes who have won 12 State Championships, earned five High School All-America Honors and the Footlocker Cross Country National Champion.

"It is exciting to announce this incoming class which will be instrumental in maintaining the high level of success that the Penn State Program strives to achieve. It is a talented, exciting and diverse group of recruits that will step in and make a great impact right away with our program," said Director and Head Coach of Track and Field/CC Beth Alford-Sullivan.

The Penn State women's cross country program has made five consecutive appearances at the NCAA Championships while the men have had either a team or an individual at the last six championships. The Penn State men's and women's track & field programs are both currently ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA by the USTFCCCA with the men at sixth and the women at No. 10.

Next up for the Nittany Lions is the Big Ten Indoor Championships at the Spire Center in Geneva, Ohio, February 28 and March 1.

Anna Baily - Harrisburg, PA - Bishop McDevitt High School
Event: Javelin
Personal Best: 142'-9"

2013 Mid-Penn and District 3 Champion in the Javelin. Placed 3rd at the 2013 PIAA Championships in the Javelin. Placed 7th at High School Nationals in the Javelin

Tessa Barrett - Waverly, PA - Abington Heights High School
Events: Cross Country, mile, 3000m, 3200m, 5000m
Personal Bests: 4:49.16 (mile), 9:40.45 (3000m), 10:25.16 (3200m), 16:42.99 (5000m)

2013 District 2, Pennsylvania (AAA) and Footlocker Cross Country Champion. Undefeated in Cross Country her senior year. Holds the Cross Country State Meet course record at 17:30.0. 2013 PA Gatorade Cross Country Runner of the year. 2013 PA Indoor State Champion in the 3000m. Hold the PA Indoor State Record in the 3000m. Placed 4th at the 2013 Indoor National Championships in the 5000m. Was the runner-up in the 3200m at the 2013 PA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

 

 

Elizabeth Chikotas - Hellertown, PA - Saucon Valley High School
Events: Cross Country, 1600m, 3200m
Personal Bests: 5:01.02 (1600m), 10:40.95 (3200m)

2013 District 11 and Pennsylvania (AA) State Cross Country Champion. Placed 11th at the Footlocker Northeast Regional. Was runner-up in the 3200m at the 2013 PIAA State Championships.

Quenee Dale - Saline, MI - Saline High School
Events: 60H, 100H
Personal Bests: 8.54 (60H), 14.01 (100H)

2013 Michigan State Champion in the 100H and the 4x100 relay. Placed 5th in the 100m dash at the 2013 Michigan State Championships. Placed 5th at the 2013 New Balance Outdoor Championships in the 100H Was the 2013 Michigan State Indoor Champion in the 60m Hurdles. Placed 6th at the 2013 New Balance Indoor National Championships in the 60H

Jillian Hunsberger - Pittsburgh, PA - Mt. Lebanon High School
Events: Cross Country, 1600m, 3200m
Personal Bests: 5:09.37 (1600m), 10:54.39 (3200m)

Placed 7th at the 2013 PIAA State Cross Country Championships - was the 4th best senior at the Championships. Helped her team to a 3rd place finish. A four-time qualifier to the State Cross Country Championships. State Meet qualifier in the 3200m run outdoors and mile run indoors.

Greta Lindsley - Lancaster, PA - Penn Manor High School
Events: Cross Country, 1600m
Personal Bests: 4:51.77 (1600m)

2-time State Meet qualifier in Cross Country with her best finish being 8th place. 2013 Runner-up at the PIAA State Track and Field Championships in the 1600m. 2013 PA Indoor State Meet qualifier in the mile.

Megan McCloskey - Lower Gwynedd, PA - Germantown Academy High School
Event: High Jump
Personal Best: 5' 9"

Placed 2nd at the 2013 New Balance Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the High Jump. Three-time PA Independent School Athletic Association Champion in the High Jump. Tied for 5th at the 2013 New Balance Indoor Track and Field Championships in the High Jump.

Hannah Mulhern - Altoona, PA - Altoona High School
Event: Pole Vault
Personal Best: 12' 3"

District Six champion and record holder in the Pole Vault. PA Outdoor Track and Field State Meet qualifier in the Pole Vault

William Cather - State College, PA - State College High School
Events: Cross Country, 800m
Personal Best: 1:54.05 (800m)

Three-time State Meet qualifier in Cross Country. Led team to a 4th place finish his senior year. 2013 Indoor PA State Meet qualifier in the 800m. 2013 Outdoor PA State Meet qualifier in the 4x800 relay.

Joseph Logue - Booming Glen, PA - Pennridge High School
Events: Cross Country, 400m, 800m, 1600m
Personal Bests: 50.99 (400m), 1:51.59 (800m), 4:18.63 (1 mile)

State Meet qualifier in Cross Country his Senior year. Placed 3rd in the 800 at the 2013 PA Outdoor Track and Field Championships and 2nd in the 4x4 relay. Placed 4th at the 2013 PA Indoor State Championships in the 800 and was on the winning 4x400 relay.

Thomas Louro - Holtsville, NY - St. Anthony's High School
Events: Cross Country, 800m, 1600m
Personal Bests: 1:53.75 (800m), 4:18.0 (1600m)

2014 Yale Track Classic Champion in the 800m. 2013 NY Indoor State Championship qualifier in the 600m run. Anchored the 4x800 relay that qualified for the 2013 NY Outdoor State Championships.

Anthony Russell - West Chester, PA - Henderson High School
Events: Cross Country, 1600m, 3200m
Personal Bests: 4:11.56 (mile), 9:07.08 (3200m)

2012 and 2013 PIAA AAA State Cross Country Champion, 2012 and 2013 Nike Northeast Regional Champion. Placed 11th at the 2013 Nike Cross Country Championships. Led the Henderson Team to a win at the PIAA State Cross Country Championship and helped them earn a berth to the Nike Cross Country Nationals. PA Gatorade Cross Country Athlete of the Year. 2014 Yale Classic and New Balance Grand Prix Mile Champion. 2013 PA State Indoor Championship runner-up in the Mile. Finalist at the PIAA Outdoor State Championship in the 1600m

Morgan Shigo - Blandon, PA - Fleetwood, PA
Events: Shot Put, Discus
Personal Bests: 58' 4" (Shot Put), 163' 10" (Discus)

Placed 5th at the 2013 PA Indoor State Championships in the Shot Put. Placed 5th at the 2013 PA Outdoor State Championships in the Discus. Also qualified in the Shot Put.

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