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Maroon cross country/track & field announces incoming freshman class

Maroon cross country/track & field announces incoming freshman class

CHICAGO – University of Chicago Head Coach Chris Hall announced the incoming cross country and track & field recruits for the 2016-17 season on Monday.

The 38-member class includes 22 men and 16 women. They represent 19 different states and two countries, with six athletes from California; five from Illinois; three from Florida; three from Connecticut; two from the United Kingdom; two from Colorado; two from New Jersey; two from Pennsylvania; two from Virginia; and one each from Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin.

"We are really pleased with both the depth and quality of our incoming class," Hall said. "We feel it is very well balanced between event groups and has the capability of making a quick impact not only on our team, but within the UAA conference. As a coaching staff, we are very much looking forward to the opportunity to work with this group."

In 2015-16, UChicago cross country and track & field combined to produce eight All-Americans. Junior Michelle Dobbs recorded the biggest highlight of the year by winning a national championship in the indoor 800 meters. Sophomore Khia Kurtenbach tallied four All-American awards between cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field. Additionally, both the men's and women's cross country teams both qualified for the NCAA Division III Championship meet.


Name Hometown (High School) Event Group
Michelle Biesman
Nashville, Tenn. (University School)
Pole Vault/Sprints
Margaret Boudreau
Wilton, Conn. (Greens Farms Academy)
Claire Brockway Colorado Springs, Colo. (Rampart) Distance
Taylor Campos
Lemont, Ill. (Lemont Township) Distance
Laura Darcey
Teddington, England (The Lady Eleanor Holles School)
Isabella FioRita
Riverside, Ill. (Fenwick)
High Jump
Isabel Garon
Sonoma, Calif. (Sonoma Valley) Pole Vault/Sprints/Jumps
Bettina Hammer
Monroe, N.H. (Saint Johnsbury Academy)
Sprints/Mid Distance
Alisha Harris
Burke, Va. (James W. Robinson) Sprints/Jumps
Lucia Kenig-Zeisler
Oak Park, Ill. (University of Chicago Lab School) Distance
Mary Martin
Enfield, England (Haberdashers Askes School for Girls) Sprints/Jumps
Taylor Padak
Highland, Ill. (Mater Dei Catholic)
High Jump
Yvette-Teresa Pribitkin
Blue Bell, Pa. (Germantown Academy)
Pole Vault/Sprints
Ruth Selipsky
St. Louis, Mo. (John Burroughs)
Pole Vault/Jumps
Shelby Smith
Melbourne, Fla. (Holy Trinity Episcopal)
Middle Distance
Sydney Smith
Melbourne, Fla. (Holy Trinity Episcopal)

Cameron Dignan
Glen Ridge, N.J. (Glen Ridge)
Douglas Dow
Pacific Grove, Calif. (Pacific Grove)
Alexander Hummels
West Lafayette, Ind. (West Lafayette)
Diego Ibarra
Los Altos, Calif. (Saint Francis)
Jude Ikekhua
Tampa, Fla. (Mercersburg Academy)
Giovanni Jackson
Colorado Springs, Colo. (Mesa Ridge)
Seth Joachim
Sudbury, Mass. (Lincoln-Sudbury)
Andrew Kates
Greenwich, Conn. (Greenwich)
Timothy Koenning
Bayport, Minn. (Stillwater)
Rohan Kumar
Westerville, Ohio (Thomas Worthington)
Marwan Lloyd
Herndon, Va. (Sidwell Friends)
Gray Mackall
Santa Barbara, Calif. (Phillips Academy)
Tyson Miller
Santa Barbara, Calif. (San Marcos)
Harry Moore
Frostburg, Md. (Mountain Ridge)
Elliott Paintsil
Hamden, Conn. (Notre Dame)
Ralph Patejunas
Park Ridge, Ill. (Maine South)
Kashish Patel
Cary, N.C. (Raleigh Charter) Jumps/Sprints
Philip Posner
New York, N.Y. (Collegiate School)
Middle Distance
Joseph Previdi
Philadelphia, Pa. (JR Masterman)
Middle Distance
Gabe Schoenbach
Glen Ellen, Calif. (Maria Carrillo)
Alexander Scott
Plover, Wis. (Stevens Point)
Eric Yu
Demarest, N.J. (Northern Valley)