Cross Country Announces 2014 Class

The Santa Clara University men's and women's cross country teams will welcome a deep and talented recruiting class next fall. The two combined to sign seven incoming freshmen student-athletes.

"Each of the women's signees achieved a 4.0 grade point average during their high school career. That's strong," said Santa Clara head coach Tom Service of the women's class. "We are looking forward to working with our newest student-athletes. They are a talented group of young women who have a great deal of potential. There is a nice balance of potential and proven experience among this group that will mesh very well with the current team."

"On paper, this is the best class we have ever recruited at SCU in men's cross country," Santa Clara Associate Head Coach Felipe Montoro of the men's class. "We have a lot of work to do to ensure they continue developing into the type of distance runners we feel their potential suggests. All four of them have the talent to make a significant impact on our program. I am equally pleased with the level of academic success these athletes had in high school as I am with their athletic accomplishments. Santa Clara cross country takes our academic record very seriously and these athletes will help continue our high level of academic success."

The Men's Class of 2014, listed alphabetically:

Ben Demaree
High School: Jesuit
Hometown: Portland, OR
High School Coach: Tom Rothenberger
Best Marks XC: Portland Meadows 5k-15:05, Jesuit HS 5k-15:49
Best Marks Track: 1500m 4:01.19, 3000m 8:45.32
Top Finishes: 1st place Nike-Pre Nationals, 4th Place OR 6A XC State meet, 11th place Nike WA/OR Border Clash (1st Oregonian)
Intended Major: Bio-Engineering

Coach Montoro commented on Demaree
"Ben has been extremely well coached by Tom Rothenberger at Jesuit and will be well prepared for Division 1 competition and training. He has some of the best HS marks of any previous recruit here at SCU both on the trails and in the class room, so it will be exciting to follow his development."

Luca Signore
High School: Lynbrook
Hometown: Saratoga, CA
High School Coach: Hank Lawson and Jake White
Best Marks XC: Crystal Springs-15:06, Mt. Sac-15:10, Woodward Park 5k-15:27
Best Marks Track: 1600m 4:26.80, 3000m 8:53.36, 3200m 9:32.15
Top Finishes-11th Place, CA XC State Meet D2, 24th place Footlocker West Intended Major: Business

Coach Montoro commented on Signore
"Luca was one of the best cross country runners in the CCS this year and we are very pleased that he decided to stay local. One of our goals every year is to recruit the best local talent, and Luca fits that bill. His senior cross country season suggests that he has the talent to be very competitive at the Division 1 level."

Moises Venegas
High School: Cathedral Catholic
Hometown: Pico Rivera, CA
High School Coach: Martin Farfan
Best Marks XC: Mt. Sac-15:23, Woodward Park 5k-15:55
Best Marks Track: 1600m 4:25.70, 3200m 9:35.10
Top Finishes: 9th Place CIF SS XC Finals D3, 25th Place CA XC State meet D3
Intended Major: Psychology

Coach Montoro commented on Venegas
"Coach Martin Farfan developed Moises into a formidable distance runner at the high school level. Moises improved tremendously his senior season and has the ability to handle the work load necessary for success in the WCC, West Region and beyond."

 

The Women's Class of 2014, listed alphabetically:

Jaime Anderson
High School: Grandview High School
Hometown: Aurora, CO
High School Coach: Chase Wells
High School: Jaime started her senior year with an outstanding race at the prestigious Liberty Bell Invitational, running 18:38. A series of illnesses prevented her from a record-breaking season.

Coach Service commented on Anderson
"During the Spring Jaime was a very competitive. She is also a downhill ski racer on the Colorado slopes. Jaime looks to bring that same fire to the Bronco team."

Kayla Germany
High School: Scotts Valley High School
Hometown: Scotts Valley, CA
High School Coach - Douglas Chase
High School: Her 11:33 3200m was an amazing PR over her Jr. times.

Coach Service commented on Kayla Germany
"Kayla had a huge breakout year in both cross country and track. Kayla and Lauren both come from very low mileage programs which has a tremendous upside for the Bronco Distance Program."

Lauren Germany
High School: Scotts Valley High School
Hometown: Scotts Valley, CA
High School Coach - Douglas Chase
High School: Her very competitive spirit earned her a sixth-place finish at 2010 CCS Finals in the 1600m (5:15).

Coach Service commented on Kayla Germany "Lauren's times dropped tremendously during her senior cross country and track seasons. Lauren and her twin sister, Kayla, are Co- Valedictorians at Scotts Valley."

Erin Hicks
High School: Los Altos High School
High School Coach - Patti Sue Plummer (Former Stanford All-American)
High School: Erin followed her outstanding 2009 cross country season by achieving personal bests in the 1600m and 3200m this spring in outdoor track. She finished second in the very competitive CCS Finals covering the Crystal Springs course in 18:18. She ran 5:10 and 11:08 during the spring as well.

Coach Service commented on Hicks
"We look forward to Erin's competitive "race" attitude."

Allie Sibole
High School: Marist High School
Hometown: Eugene, OR
High School: Allie just completed her outstanding high school track career by winning two Oregon State 3A track titles in June. Allie won the 3000m race in a PR 10:29 and the 800m in 2:16.

Coach Service commented on Sibole
"Allie won two state titles this year in addition to being the 2010 Valedictorian and he Marist High School Track Athlete of the Year."