Georgetown Track & Field / Cross Country Announces Incoming Class

July 8, 2016

WASHINGTON - Director of Track & Field / Cross County Michael Smith has announced the incoming class for the upcoming season. The class boasts 13 men and six women from 11 states across the country. The Hoyas will look to continue their success from the 2015-16 campaign that saw the men’s cross country team turn in a 10th-place team finish and the women’s team finish ninth at the NCAA Indoor Championships, highlighted by an NCAA title in the women’s distance medley relay.

MEN’S INCOMING CLASS
Jack Salisbury
Rumford, R.I. / La Salle Academy
High School All-American
PRs Prior to GU: 800m: 1:52.87; Mile: 4:04.20; 3,200m: 8:56.55

A 2016 adidas Dream Mile champion … Finished fourth in the two mile at the 2015 New Balance Outdoor Nationals … The 2016 New Balance Grand Prix mile champion … An 11-time Rhode Island State Champion on the track … A three-time New England Champion on the track.

Men’s Distance Coach Brandon Bonsey on Salisbury: Jack established himself as an elite high school miler throughout his career. He went undefeated in miles/1,500s his senior year culminating with a win at the adidas Dream Mile over a great field. Jack follows in a long line of elite-level milers at Georgetown. I believe he has the talent to make an impact at the NCAA level from day one. He’s got finishing speed that can’t be taught.

Michael Clevenger
Decatur, Ill. / University of Notre Dame
Two-Time All-American
PRs Prior to GU: 1,500m: 3:43.91; 5,000m: 13:53.37

Finished 38th individually at the 2015 NCAA Cross Country Championships … Finished 15th in the 5,000-meter run at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Championships … Finished third in the 5,000-meter run at the 2014 ACC Outdoor Championships … Finished 19th in the 5,000-meter run at the 2014 NCAA East Preliminary.

 

 

Bonsey on Clevenger: Michael has already established himself as one of the top distance runners in the NCAA as shown by his two All-America certificates. He will step in right away and have a big impact on our cross country season. He’s run a great 1,500 as well so I think there is a lot of room for him to grow on the track. He’s got elite leg speed for a distance runner.

Matthew Bouthillette
North Providence, R.I. / La Salle Academy
PRs Prior to GU: 1,500m: 3:53.90; 3,200m: 8:51.23

Finished eighth in the two mile at the 2016 Brooks PR Invitational … The Rhode Island State record holder in the outdoor two mile, 3,200- and 3,000-meter run … The 2015 New England Champion in the outdoor 1,600-meter run … Won the 3,000-meter run at the 2015 and 16 Rhode Island State Outdoor Championships … Finished eighth in the two mile at the 2016 New Balance Indoor Nationals.

Bonsey on Bouthillette: Matthew’s 8:51 3,200 proved that he is one of the top high school distance runners in the country. That combined with his middle distance credentials show that he’s a high level talent. He should have a huge impact on the distance group during his Georgetown career.

Eion Nohilly
Golden’s Bridge, N.Y. / John Jay
High School National Champion
PRs Prior to GU: 800m: 1:52.77; Mile: 4:14.30; 3,000m SC: 9:06.36

Won the 2,000-meter steeplechase at the 2016 New Balance Outdoor Nationals … Won the 800- and the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2016 New York State Outdoor Championships … Finished second in the 2,000-meter steeplechase at the 2015 New Balance Outdoor Nationals … Finished third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the 2015 New York State Outdoor Championships … Finished fifth at the 2015 New York State Federation Cross Country Championships.

Bonsey on Nohilly: Eion has the talent and lineage to be a big time athlete. His father, Tom, is one of the best steeplechasers in US history and his mother, Kim, was a great NCAA high jumper. He won the 800 and the steeplechase at the New York state meet on back-to-back days and won the steeplechase at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals. Eion should be a high level NCAA Steeplechaser from day one.

Jack Van Scoter
Pasadena, Calif. / Flintridge Prep
PRs Prior to GU: Mile: 4:11.03; 3,200m: 8:51.32

Finished fifth in the 3,200-meter run at the 2016 California State Championships … Finished 27th at the 2015 Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships … Finished second at the 2015 California Division 5 State Cross Country Championships … Took third at the 2013 and 2014 California Division 5 State Cross Country Championships … Finished ninth in the two mile at the 2016 Brooks PR Invitational.

Bonsey on Van Scoter: Jack is a Foot Locker finalist and one of the best distance runners in the country. He improved his 3,200 time by 27 seconds from his junior to senior year. He’s someone who is going to continue to improve by leaps and bounds and is an amazing addition to our distance group.

Dylan Scarsone
Anaheim, Calif. / Canyon
High School All-American
PRs Prior to GU: 1,600m: 4:17.38; 3,200m: 9:08.35

Finished 12th at the 2015 Foot Locker National Cross Country Championships … Finished third at the 2015 California Division 2 State Cross Country Championships … Won the 2015 Division 2 California Southern Section Cross Country Championships.

Bonsey on Scarsone: Dylan proved to be one of the best cross country runners in the nation by earning All-America honors at the Foot Locker National Championships. He’s very physically immature and didn’t run a lot in high school. Once he matures he should develop into an elite level NCAA distance runner.

Quincey Wilson
Lithonia, Ga. / Arabia Mountain
High School All-American
PRs Prior to GU: 300m: 34.49; 400mH: 54.49; 400m: 47.67

Finished sixth in the 400-meter dash at the 2016 New Balance Indoor Nationals … Finished fifth in the 400-meter dash at the 2015 USATF Junior Olympics … Finished fourth in the 400-meter dash at the 2015 Georgia Olympics.

Bonsey on Wilson: Quincey will have a massive impact on our sprint group from day one. He is a high school All-American who will be in the mix for BIG EAST individual titles from day one. He’s run a great 400 and can develop into a big time intermediate hurdler as well. He has a lot of upside and should improve tremendously at Georgetown.

Joshua Bell
Nashville, Tenn. / Brentwood Academy
High School All-American
PRs Prior to GU: 800m: 1:52.33; 1,500m: 3:49.78; 3,200m: 9:12.07

Finished fourth in the 1,500-meter run at the USA Junior Championships … Won the 1,600-meter run at the 2016 Tennessee Division 2 State Championships … Finished second in the 1,600-meter run at the 2015 Tennessee Division 2 State Championships … Finished third at the 2015 Tennessee Division 2 Class AA State Cross Country Championships … Finished third in the 3,200-meter run at the 2015 Tennessee Division 2 State Championships.

Bonsey on Bell: Joshua is someone who improved a ton throughout his high school career. He flew under the radar most of his career but came on in a big way at the end finishing fourth in the 1,500 at the USA Junior Championships. He’s a young developing athlete with big upside. He’s got great finishing speed and will be a great racer right away.

Johnathan Chavez
Knoxville, Tenn. / Knoxville Catholic
High School All-American
PRs Prior to GU: Mile: 4:14.82; 3,200m: 9:05.24

Finished fourth in the two mile at the 2016 New Balance Outdoor Nationals … Won the 3,200-meter run at the 2016 Tennessee A-AA State Championships … Finished 10th in the two mile at the 2016 New Balance Indoor Nationals … Finished third at the 2015 and 14 Tennessee A-AA State Cross Country Championships.

Bonsey on Chavez: Johnathan improved a lot during his senior year. He finished off the track season with big time mile and 3,200 PRs. He should add to our already very strong distance group.

Kenny Rowe
Cockeysville, Md. / Loyola-Blakefield
PRs Prior to GU: 400m: 49.11; 800m: 1:52.80

Won the 400-meter dash at the 2015 MIAA/IAAM Outdoor Championships … Won the 800-meter run at the 2016 MIAA/IAAM Outdoor Championships … Won the 800-meter run at the 2013 MIAA/IAAM Outdoor Championships … Finished fourth at the 2015 MIAA Cross Country Championships.

Bonsey on Rowe: Kenny has the talent to be a great collegiate middle-distance runner. He’s got big time 400 speed and has shown his aerobic ability by running good cross country. He got hurt this past season so he wasn’t able to show how great he can be but he is a huge addition to our 800-meter group. He’s an elite level talent.

Kent Hall
Kennett Square, Pa. / Unionville
PRs Prior to GU: 1,600m: 4:19.92, 3,200m: 9:19.62

Finished 32nd at the 2015 Nike Cross Country Nationals … Finished 11th at the 2015 Pennsylvania AAA State Cross Country Championships.

Bonsey on Hall: Kent had a great cross country season culminating in finishing 32nd at the Nike Cross National meet. He’s a developing athlete who can improve a lot at Georgetown. He’s got great natural aerobic ability.

Raehaan Poonja
Beverly Hills, Calif. / Beverly Hills
PRs Prior to GU: 100m: 10.95; 200m: 22.20

2015 Ocean League 100-meter dash champion … 2015 Ocean League 200-meter dash champion … Finished fifth in the 100-meter dash at the 2016 Ocean League Championships … Finished seventh in the 200-meter dash at the 2016 Ocean League Championships.

Bonsey on Poonja: Raehaan should be able to help us in the short sprints from day one. His high school PRs in the 100 and 200 will put him in a position to have a big impact for us at the BIG EAST level right away.

Dylan Fine
New York, N.Y. / Dalton School
PRs Prior to GU: 1,600m: 4:27.23; 3,200m: 9:48.73

Won the 3,200-meter run at the 2016 Ivy League Prep Championships … Won the 2015 Ivy League Prep Cross Country Championships … Finished fifth in the 800-meter run at the 2016 Ivy League Prep Championships … Finished third in the 1,600-meter run at the 2016 Ivy League Prep Championships.

Bonsey on Fine: Dylan is a young developing runner who can improve a lot at Georgetown. He played basketball in the winter in high school so he hasn’t been a full time runner yet. Once he begins to train year round he should be able to improve tremendously throughout his career.

WOMEN’S INCOMING CLASS<
Paige Hofstad
New Braunfels, Texas / New
Two-time High School All-American
PRs Prior to GU: 1,600m: 4:50.58; 3,200m: 10:23.91

Finished second at the 2014 Nike Cross Country National Meet … Finished fourth at the 2014 Foot Locker National Cross Country meet … 2016 Texas 6A State 3,200-meter champion … Finished third in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter run at the 2014 Texas 5A State Championships … Finished second at the 2014 Texas 6A State Cross Country Championships … The 2013 Texas 5A State Cross Country Champion.

Smith on Hofstad: Paige is a tough, competitive athlete who showed she was one of the very best cross country runners in the nation as a junior. She's proven she can show up and race the best at the biggest meets in the US and we'll look for her to now grow that confidence to Division 1 track and cross country. Most people know Paige as a cross country runner, but one of the races we were most excited about in her high school career was her state championship two mile win this past May. Two words for that day: tough competitor! We've got a special athlete on our hands with this one.

Maegan Doody
Lee, N.H. / Oyster
Two-time High School All-American
PRs Prior to GU: 800m: 2:10.80; 1,000m: 2:49.08; Mile: 4:42.45

Finished second in the mile at the 2016 New Balance Outdoor Nationals … Finished fifth in the mile at the 2015 New Balance Outdoor Nationals … An 8-time New Hampshire State Champion on the track … A four-time New England Champion on the track … A three-time New Hampshire State Cross Country Champion.

Smith on Doody: What excites us about Maegan is the skill set she's displayed from the middle distances through cross country. Georgetown's history shows that some of the best athletes we've ever had on the women's side have been both fast and strong coming in, and we think Maegan can compete in a wide range of events at a very high level. Her senior year was capped off with a very special race at the New Balance National meet that only glimpses the potential she has entering college.

Margie Cullen
Needham, Mass. / Needham
PRs Prior to GU: 800m: 2:11.36; 1,000m: 2:50.41; Mile: 4:50.15; Two Mile: 10:27.59

The 2016 Massachusetts All-State Outdoor two mile champion … The 2016 Massachusetts All-State Indoor mile and two mile champion … The 2015 Massachusetts All-State Indoor and Outdoor two mile champion … Finished third in the mile at the 2016 New Balance Grand Prix … Finished third three times (2013, 2014, 2015) at the Massachusetts All-State Cross Country Championships.

Smith on Cullen: Margie has proven to be one of New England's top distance runners on both the track and the cross country course. She's experienced leading a great state team and we'll rely on that leadership as she grows as a Hoya. Margie certainly has aerobic gifts, and likely will move up in distance over four years at Georgetown. However, her senior year she stayed short quite a bit on the track to develop speed over the mile which we like to see as well.

Morgan Irish
Palos Verdes, Calif. / Palos Verdes
PRs Prior to GU: 400m: 58.90; 800m: 2:08.32

Finished fifth in the 800-meter run at the 2016 California State Championships … Finished sixth in the 800-meter run at the 2016 Brooks PR Invitational … The 2016 CIF Southern Section Masters 800-meter champion … 2016 Bay League 800-meter champion.

Smith on Irish: Morgan was one of California's top 800-meter runners from 2016, consistently running 2:08-2:09 in several different scenarios. When we recruited Morgan, what stood out was her certainty about being a great college athlete which she backed up with a detailed commitment to training and lifestyle. She's still very early on in her development as a runner and we'll take a very gradual approach developing her at Georgetown. Look for her early impact in relays and another leap forward in the middle distances.

Carey Celeta
Philadelphia, Pa. / University of Pennsylvania
PRs Prior to GU: 800m: 2:07.31; 1,000m: 2:49.16

Finished seventh in the 800-meter run at the 2016 ECAC Outdoor Championships … Finished seventh in the 800-meter run at the 2016 Ivy League Indoor Championships … Finished 30th in the 800-meter run at the 2015 NCAA East Preliminary … Finished fourth in the 800-meter run at the 2015 Ivy League Outdoor Championships.

Smith on Celeta: Carey comes to us from great experience and coaching after an impressive Ivy league career at UPenn. She raced right alongside some of our best middle distance runners indoors this past year and we think she'll benefit from training alongside our deep 800-meter group at Georgetown. She's got a mature head on her shoulders about college competition, however, is still developing as an athlete, so look for another jump in improvement with a great fall under her belt heading into the 2017 track seasons. She's a fantastic fit for Georgetown and we're honored to be the program she chose to use her remaining eligibility.

Kate Gobi
Princeton, Mass. / Wachusett Regional
PRs Prior to GU: 600m: 1:35.28; 800m: 2:15.18; 1,000m: 2:55.73

Finished fifth in the 1,000-meter run at the 2015 New England Indoor Championships … Finished fifth in the 1,000-meter run at the 2015 Massachusetts All-State Indoor Championships … Finished fourth in the 600-meter run at the 2014 Massachusetts All-State Indoor Championships … Finished fifth in the 600-meter run at the 2014 New England Indoor Championships … Finished fifth in the 800-meter run at the 2013 Massachusetts All-State Outdoor Championships.

Smith on Gobi: Kate enters her career on the Hilltop from a strong high school program as a developing middle distance runner with great potential. She missed some time with injury her senior year so we'll be bringing her along slowly but we expect she'll develop into a strong contributor between 400-1500 meters. She's got great general athleticism, a focused work ethic and a team mindset.

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