SCU Cross Country and Outdoor Track Announce Incoming Female Class of 2010

May 14, 2008

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - The women's cross country and outdoor track programs announced their incoming class of 2012 for the 2008-2009 seasons. Nicole Giove, Jennifer Clarke, Meghan McNamara, and Jennifer Light signed national letters of intent with the Broncos. Megan Murnana, Monica Coen, Kalle Deyette, and Heidi Johnson will round out the incoming class as walk-on athletes. All are expected to have an immediate impact for both programs and the coaching staff is excited to welcome these athletes to the Bronco family.

Nicole Giove comes to SCU from the very successful Fountain Valley distance program in southern California. Giove's heavy mileage background will serve her well as she looks forward to stepping up to 6000m for the cross country team and the 5k and 10k distances for the outdoor track team. In 2007 Giove was an integral part of her teams' championship success (Sunset League Champions, SS CIF 4th place, and California State Finals 7th place finish). Giove also recorded times of 18:27 at Mt Sac and 18:51 at Woodward Park.

Jennifer Clarke joins the Bronco squad after a very successful high school career in the Blossom Valley Athletic League. Clarke placed 40th in Div.1 at the California State Finals running an outstanding 18:45 on the famed Woodward Park 5k course. Her 18:19 at Crystal Springs in 2007 demonstrates her versatility on hilly and flat courses. On the track Clarke has run 5:15 / 11:12, steadily improving her marks over the past 4 years. Clarke was selected as team captain and most valuable runner the past few years for her high school team as well.

Meghan McNamara joins former teammate Chris Sampson from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana. McNamara completes a very successful career at Mater Dei where she competed in the tough Trinity League. Her Mt Sac time was 19:24 and she ran 20:01 on the Woodward Park 5k course. At the present time McNamara has a 5:27 PR for the1600 M and was awarded the Captains award.

Jennifer Light keeps the Washington tradition alive and well ands follows in the footsteps of the Broncos' other talented runners from the Northwest. Light is a strong middle distance runner looking to contribute to both the cross country and track teams here at Santa Clara. Light has run 59.5 / 2:19. In cross country Light has run 19:34 and was captain of her Redmond team.

Megan Murnana joins the program coming out from Notre Dame Belmot, which is a member of the tough West Catholic Athletic League. Her top track times are 5:18 / 2:26. She ran 19:50 at the tough Crystal Springs course as a junior but missed the 2007 season due to injury.

Monica Coen is another WCAL product with four years of running experience from St. Ignatius Prep. She has run 19:58 at Crystal Springs and 19:37 at Shoreline. A two-year team captain, Coen is the recipient of the Julian Yap Award, which is the highest award from St. Ignatius for a student athlete.

Kalle Deyette looks forward to stepping up her training in a more competitive team atmosphere. Deyette is from Loomis Chaffee Prep in Connecticut, running exclusively for her cross country team and was co-captain for her team as well. Deyette recorded 19:20 for 5k, and placed 12th at the All-New England Championships.

Heidi Johnson from Our Lady of Peace is coming from a very competitive D-3 program in San Diego. She was the 2007 cross country team captain and her team competed in the California state finals for three years. Johnson ran 18:37 in her CIF finals at Morley Field.