Track & Field Signs Thirteen During Early Signing

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Nov. 21, 2014

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -

Head coach/director of Penn State cross country and track & field John Gondak has announced the signing of 13 future Nittany Lions who have all signed a National Letter of Intent during the early signing period.

“I want to personally welcome our 2015-16 recruiting class to the Penn State cross country/track and field family,” Gondak said. “Our staff worked extremely hard to secure one of the best classes in our history.”

The early signing period class ranges from Chambersburg, Pa., to St Kilda, Aus. “One of our main focuses in recruiting is to bring the best talent from Pennsylvania to Penn State and I felt like we accomplished that again this year,” Gondak added. “We also spread out far and wide to attract some of the best young student-athletes from around the world to Penn State. This group will help our program maintain its championship standing for many years to come.”

Colin Abert | Hometown: Easton, Pa. | High School: Easton
Events: Cross Country/Distance
Personal Bests: 4:16.90 (1,600m), 9:19.04 (3,200m), 14:55 (XC)

Highlights: Won the 2014 Paul Short Run, Three-time PIAA District 11 cross country champion, 2013 PIAA cross country state runner-up

Coach Gondak on Colin: “Colin has been on our radar since he placed second at the PIAA State Cross Country Championships his junior year. He has also been to our cross country camp in the past so we are very familiar with him. He is an outstanding distance runner who will help solidify our cross country team as well as cover the distance events on the track. He will be an immediate impact with our distance team.”

Devin Bradham | Hometown: Williamstown, N.J. | High School: Williamstown
Event: High Jump
Personal Best: 6-10

Highlights: Top returning high jumper in New Jersey, Group 4 state champion, Third-place at the 2014 New Jersey Meet of Champions


 

 

Coach Kelly on Devin: “Devin has the ability to make an immediate impact in the Big Ten. He is an outstanding young man with unlimited potential and I look forward to working with him to achieve our collective goals.”

Frances Bull | Hometown: Mentor, Ohio | High School: Lake Catholic
Events: 400m/800m
Personal Best: 55.45 (400m)

Highlights: Placed third in the 400-meter dash at the 2014 Ohio State Championships, Two-time 400-meter dash champion at the North Coast League Championships

Coach Gondak on Frances: “Frances is a fiery competitor who is relatively young on track experience. She greatly improved her 400 time this past spring and has an interest in running the 800 as well. She can easily be in the 53-54 second range her senior year and be a major contributor to our team her freshman year in both the open events and relays.”

Isaiah Harris | Hometown: Lewiston, Maine | High School: Lewiston
Events: 400m/800m
Personal Best: 1:51.47 (800m)

Highlights: Two-time Maine state champion in the 800-meter run, New England champion in the 800-meter run, 2014 Maine state champion in the 200-meter dash

Gondak on Harris: “Isaiah is one of the premier athletes in the US who combines great speed and strength. You do not see an athlete win state championships in both the 800-meter run and the 200-meter dash very often. He then followed up those victories with a 46.8 split on their 4x400-meter relay. Isaiah has accomplished all this success on the track while still playing basketball in the winter – so when he starts training year round watch out – the sky is the limit for him!”

Maddie Holmberg | Hometown: Greensburg, Pa. | High School: Hempfield Area
Event: Multi-Events
Personal Bests: 20-1 (long jump), 42.73 (300mH)

Highlights: 2014 300-meter hurdle state champion, 2014 long jump state champion, 2014 PIAA Track Athlete of the Year

Coach Spence on Maddie: “Maddie will bring a high level of athleticism to add to our already outstanding jumps and multi-event group. Her versatility as an athlete will help our team become even more successful. She is an exceptional talented athlete that will do well in our program.”

Peter Hughey | Hometown: Chambersburg, Pa.| High School: James Buchanan
Event: 400m
Personal Best: 48.44 (400m)

Highlights: Third-place in the 200-meter dash at the 2014 USATF Mid-Atlantic Association Junior Olympics Championships, Third-place in the 400-meter dash at the 2014 PIAA T&F State Championships, Second-place in the 200-meter dash at the 2014 USATF Region 2 Junior Olympics Championships

Coach Bungard on Peter: “Peter is a Penn State kind of student-athlete. He works very hard and is excited about putting on the Blue and White. He will be 100% invested and looks forward to representing the Nittany Lions. His ceiling is still very high and I am excited about his potential at the next level.”

David Lucas | Hometown: Lititz, Pa. | High School: Warwick
Event: Discus
Personal Best: 187-3

Highlights: Runner-up at the 2014 PIAA State Championships, fourth-place at the 2014 Penn Relays, first-place at the 2014 Nike Henderson Track & Field Invitational

Coach Ebel on David: “David is a very hard working individual in all he does and that will make him very successful here at Penn State. He is one of the best in the nation in the discus throw and performs very well in big meets as he set his discus PR (187-3) at the PIAA State Championships.”

David Marrington | Hometown: Langhorne, Pa. | High School: Neshaminy
Event: Hurdles
Personal Best: 53.37 (400mH)

Highlights: Placed third in the 300-meter hurdles at the 2014 PIAA T&F State Championships, Finished fourth in the 400-meter hurdles at The Penn Relays Carnival

Coach Bungard on David: “David is exciting because he has so much room to improve. He has only run the 400 hurdles three times and has gotten significantly better with each run. I am excited to work with David and watch his improvement. He will help us immediately in his open events as well as on the relays.”

Myles Marshall | Hometown: Kingwood, Texas | High School: Kingwood
Event: 800m
Personal Best: 1:48.43 (800m)

Highlights: Two-time Texas state champion in the 800-meter run, Member of Team USA for the 2014 World Junior Championships, World Youth Olympics 800-meter run champion

Gondak on Myles: “Myles is the No. 1 recruit in the country for the 800 and an outstanding student. From day one in the recruiting process I felt Myles would be a great fit at Penn State and we are thrilled he feels the same way. His speed and strength will help him contribute in the 400, 600, 800 and the 4x4 at Penn State. Myles’ mother and father were both world-class athletes and we look forward to helping Myles get to that level as well.”

Sam Reiser | Hometown: St Kilda, Aus. | High School: Geelong Grammar School
Event: 200m/400m
Personal Bests: 21.66 (200m), 46.94 (400m)

Highlights: Member of Team Australia at the World Junior Championships in the 400-meter dash, Split 45.4 on the 4x400-meter relay at World Juniors

Coach Gondak on Sam: “Sam is an outstanding addition to our program at Penn State. He brings great experience having competed at World Juniors last year and will help solidify our sprint core at Penn State. Having already run under 47 seconds in the 400-meter dash, he will be an immediate factor in our program at both the Big Ten and the NCAA level. It is going to be exciting to watch him compete for the next four to five years.”

Sarah Stanley | Hometown: South Park, Pa. | High School: South Park
Event: Javelin
Personal Best: 146-11

Highlights: Runner-up at the 2014 PIAA State Championships, Fifth-place at the 2014 Penn Relays, First-place at the 2014 TSTCA Outdoor Championships

Coach Ebel on Sarah: “We are excited that Sarah is coming to Penn State! She is a great competitor as she threw her PR (146-11) at the PIAA State Championships last spring and she will make an immediate impact with our women’s javelin group.”

Abby Stultz | Hometown: Frederick, Md. | High School: Oakdale
Event: Multi-Events
Personal Bests: 5-8.75 (high jump), 38-5 (triple jump)

Highlights: Won the triple jump at the 2014 New Balance Outdoor Nationals, Finished second in the high jump at the 2014 Maryland State Championships, Finished second in the 100-meter hurdles at the 2014 Maryland State Championships

Coach Spence on Abby: “Abby will bring a lot of energy and excitement to the Nittany Lions’ multi-events and jumps core. She will also add fire and passion to an already successful multi-events and jumps group. I am very excited and looking forward to big things from Abby.”

Grace Trucilla | Hometown: Erie, Pa. | High School: Villa Maria Academy
Event: Mid-Distance
Personal Best: 2:10.56 (800m)

Highlights: Won the 1,600-meter run at the 2014 PIAA District 10 AA Championships, Placed third in the 800-meter run at the 2014 PIAA T&F State Championships, Three-time state qualifier in the 800-meter run

Coach Gondak on Grace: “We are excited that Grace will be joining our middle distance crew at Penn State. She has great speed along with a willingness to train aerobically, so her upside is tremendous. Having already run 2:10 in high school puts her in a position to be very successful in college and a major contributor to our program.”

The Penn State track & field team begins their season Dec. 13 at the Ashefelter III Indoor Track as they host the Blue-White Intrasquad meet.

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