The Santa Clara University cross country and track teams announced Friday the addition of 14 new student-athletes. Ten women and four men will be joining the Broncos in the fall of 2011. The new Bronco student-athletes come to SCU from as near by as Bellarmine Prep and as far away as Burlington, Wisc.
"We are very pleased with how this year's recruiting class turned out," said Bronco head coach Felipe Montoro. "We needed to address some key losses to graduation on the women's side and we were able to do that. Priscilla and Chantelle did an excellent job helping bolster both teams with great new talent. All of the newcomers are outstanding students as and will fit right in academically at SCU. Athletically, it is one of the best if not the best classes we have brought in. We are really looking forward to getting them on campus in August and starting their Santa Clara athletic careers."
The Bronco Women's Class of 2015 is listed alphabetically and the Bronco Men's Class of 2015 follows. Bryan Crook of Mountain View and Mary Kriege of Archbishop Mitty are featured to the right.
High School: Gonzaga
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
High School Coach: Joe Feryn and Stephen Manfred
Best Marks XC: Walla Walla Point Park 3mile-18:21, Sun Willows 5k-19:12
Best Marks Track: 1600m 5:24.10, 3000m 10:48.42, 3200m 11:32.23
Top Finishes: 33rd Place, Washington 4A State XC Championships 2010
Coach Montoro on Hiatt
"Audrey improved her 3200m time by more than 30 seconds her senior year. She will add depth to the team this fall and has the potential to make her mark on the team down the line."
High School: Archbishop Mitty
Hometown: San Jose, Calif.
High School Coach: Dan Hodgin, Mark Frise and Dina Oaklan
Best Marks XC: Stanford Invite 5k-18:51, Woodward Park 5k-19:02
Best Marks Track: 1600m 5:19.27, 3000m: 10:27.63, 3200m 10:59.55
Top Finishes: 5th Place Central Coast Section D2 XC Championship 2010
Coach Montoro on Kriege
"Mary evolved into one of the top long distance runners in the section her senior year. A long distance specialist, she is expected to compete for a top seven spot as a freshman. We were very pleased to land one of the top local WCAL athletes once again this year."
High School: Clovis North
Hometown: Fresno, Calif.
High School Coach: Jason Lienau
Best Marks XC: Mt. Sac Invite 2.95 miles-18:27, Woodward Park 5k-18:45
Best Marks Track: 800m 2:17.93 1600m 5:12.86
Top Finishes: 1st Place CIF Central Section D2 XC Championship 2010
Coach Montoro on Nakamura
"Jenn has a great deal of range, competing well from the 800m-5k. She is just scratching the surface of her potential after only giving up soccer her senior year to focus on distance running year round. She has a shot of competing in the top seven as a freshman."
High School: Edmonds-Woodway
Hometown: Edmonds, Wash.
High School Coach: Rick Fillman
Best Marks XC: South Whidbey 5k-19:44, Sun Willows 5k-19:52
Best Marks Track: 100m 12.68, 200m 25.86, 400m 56.88, 800m 2:19.01
Top Finishes: 3rd Place Washington 4A State Championships at 400m 2011
Coach Montoro on Nash
"Amia has great natural speed, and the desire to move up in distance to the 800m/1500m here at Santa Clara. If we can bring her along carefully, she has the potential to be very good down the line. It will be exciting to follow her progress over the years as she moves up in distance."
High School: San Ramon Valley
Hometown: San Ramon, Calif.
High School Coach: Tim Hunter
Best Marks XC: Apache Inivte 3mile-18:49, Woodward Park 5k-19:38
Best Marks Track: 800m 2:22.94, 1600m 5:17.07
Top Finishes: 4th Place, NCS D2 XC Championships
Coach Montoro on Nordine
"Tim Hunter at San Ramon Valley always produces great teams. Kelly improved a lot during her senior season, particularly during track. She has the potential to be a scorer in the near future."
High School: Redondo Union
Hometown: Redondo Beach, Calif.
High School Coach: Bob Leetch
Best Marks XC: Warren Stauffer Invite 3miles-17:24, Woodward Park 5k-18:23
Best Marks Track: 1600m 5:13.03, 3200m 11:01.97
Top Finishes: 14th Place California D2 XC State Championship 2010
Coach Montoro on Ryan
"Kelly improved tremendously from her junior to senior year to lead a strong Redondo team to a third place finish at the CA state meet. Bob Leetch at Redondo has prepared her to step right into collegiate level training. Durable and efficient, she is well suited for the longer distances and will make an immediate impact upon her arrival."
Also joining the Bronco Women's team:
Alex Garcia, San Ramon Valley HS, San Ramon, CA 3200m: 12:01.19
Hannah Peterson, Placer HS, Auburn, CA 800m: 2:20.07
Lauren Spears, Island School, Lihue, HI 1500m: 5:11.59
Meg Webber, Burlington HS, Burlington, WI 400m: 59.01, 800m: 2:20.62
The men's signees
High School: Mountain View
Hometown: Los Altos, CA
High School Coach: Jim Bordoni
Best Marks XC: Mt. Sac Invite 2.95 miles-15:26, Toro Park 3mile-15:48
Best Marks Track: 1600m 4:26.52 3200m 9:20.39
Top Finishes: 4th Place Central Coast Section D2 XC Championship 2010
Coach Montoro on Crook
"Bryan is the latest Mountain View athlete to bring his talents to SCU, following in Robbie Reid's and Mary Reynolds' footsteps. A top cross country runner in the section this fall, he impressed with his 9:20 3200m performance at Arcadia this spring. He is a true long distance runner and will move up to the 5k and 10k here. If we can keep him healthy and training consistently, he will have a major impact."
High School: Bellarmine Prep
Hometown: San Jose, CA
High School Coach: Patrick McCrystle
Best Marks XC: Mt. Sac Invite 2.95 miles-15:42, Crystal Springs 2.95 miles-15:41
Best Marks Track: 3200m 9:34.28
Top Finishes: 8th Place Central Coast Section D1 XC Championship 2009, sixth place CCS Championships 3200m 2011
Coach Montoro on Ferrari
"Tony has consistently improved every season under Coach McCrystle at Bellarmine, dropping 30 seconds from his 3200m time this season. He has a lot of room for growth in his training and will be a solid contributor to our cross country and track teams. We are always pleased when we can land a top Bellarmine recruit."
High School: Jesuit
Hometown: Portland, OR
High School Coach: Tom Rothenberger
Best Marks XC: Tualatin Hills 5k-15:48, Jesuit HS 5k-15:54
Best Marks Track: 800m 1:57.52 1500m 4:11.05
Top Finishes: 14th Place Oregon 6A State XC Championship 2009
Coach Montoro on Hagler
"Jack will be joining with his former Jesuit teammate Ben Demaree when he arrives on campus this August. Consistently one of the top programs in the Northwest, Tom Rothenberger's Jesuit team was led by Jack this fall. He has good speed and also competed very well in cross country. He will be a great addition to the team."
High School: Henry Jackson
Hometown: Mill Valley, WA
High School Coach: Eric Hruschka
Best Marks XC: Lakewood HS 3miles-16:03, Sun Willows 5k-15:50
Best Marks Track: 800m 1:59.70 1600m 4:19.63 3200m 9:23.28
Top Finishes: 12th Place Washington 4A State XC Championships 2009
Coach Montoro on Roe
"Sean has been a top distance runner in the state of Washington for three seasons at Henry Jackson. He has great range with solid marks from 800m-5k. His 9:23 3200m mark is from his sophomore year and suggests that he has considerable talent. I am looking forward to his continued development here at SCU."