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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State cross country and track & field head coach John Gondak has announced the signing of 14 additional future Nittany Lions who will join the Penn State Track & Field team this coming fall.
"We are thrilled to add to our fall recruiting class with these outstanding individuals. They will be great additions to Penn State both as students and athletes. We look forward to providing them an outstanding experience and help them continue to excel as athletes," said head coach John Gondak.
The 2016 recruiting class, including the fall signees, now includes 18 student-athletes from Pennsylvania as well as three from New York, one from Canada, Colorado, Delaware, Maryland, and Massachusetts each.
Haveford Township High School
Event: Mile, 3,200-meters, 5K (XC)
Personal Best(s): 4:20.06, 9:34.14, 15:44
Highlights: Fifth-place finish in the Mile at the 2017 PTFCA Indoor State Championships
Downington West High School
Personal Best: 4:18.09
Highlights: Helped his team win the 2015 Nike Cross Country Nationals Northeast Regional Championship
Appoquinimik High School
Event(s): 3,200-meters, 5K (XC)
Personal Best(s): 9:23.89, 16:05.76
Highlights: 2016 DIAA Division-I Cross Country Champion
Pine Grove Area High School
Pine Grove, Pa.
Event: Triple Jump
Personal Best: 36'-11.50"
Highlights: 2016 PIAA District 11-AA Championships runner -up
Rustin High School
West Chester, Pa.
Event(s): 1,600-meters, 5K (XC)
Personal Best(s): 4:19.29, 16:05.00
Highlights: 2017 PTFCA State Finalist in the Mile
Fayetteville-Manlius High School
Event: 5K (XC)
Personal Best: 18:50.50
Highlights: Finished 51st at the 2017 Nike Cross Country Nationals. Helped her team capture the 2017 New York State championship as well as the Nike Cross Country Nationals Team Title.
Cumberland Valley High School/Shippensburg University
Personal Best: 47.29
Highlights: 2016 PIAA State Runner-up in the 400-meters
Greensburg Central Catholic
Personal Best: 5:02.59
Highlights: Finished eighth in the Mile at the 2017 PTFCA Indoor State Championships
Fort Leboeuf High School
Event: High Jump
Personal Best: 5'-3"
Highlights: 2015 PIAA District 10-AA Championships High Jump Champion
Taylor Allerdice High School
Highlights: Noah finished fifth at the New Balance Indoor Nationals in the Pentathlon. Placed second at the USATF National Junior Olympics in the decathlon
Mechanicsburg Area High School
Event(s): 1,600-meters, 3,200-meters, 5K (XC)
Personal Best(s): 4:21.06, 9:35.19, 15:37.00
Penn-Trafford High School
Harrison City, Pa.
Personal Best: 1:53.68
Highlights: 2017 PTFCA State Finalist in the 800-meters
Sharon High School
Event: 800-meters, 1,600-meters
Personal Best: 2:17.72, 5:00.11
Highlights: 2016 PIAA-AA 1,600-meter state champion and 800-meter runner-up
Saint Anthony's High School
Event: High Jump, Triple Jump
Personal Best(s): 5'-4.00", 14.55
Highlights: 2016 NSCHSAA Sectional Championships runner-up