Women's Cross Country/Track & Field Adds Five for 2018-19

Women's Cross Country/Track & Field Adds Five for 2018-19

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Santa Clara women's cross country/track & field is set to add five newcomers to the team for the 2018-19 seasons. The Broncos will welcome Hannah Covington, Claire Cocales, Kayla Neumann, Kaitlyn Twadell and Sophia Morris as true freshmen in the fall.

"I am very excited to welcome our newest class," associate head coach Pete Cushman said. "This is a very talented group both academically and athletically that adds immediate depth and can be very impactful as soon as this upcoming fall.

Hannah Covington

Bishop Manogue High School | Reno, Nevada

Personal Best Times

1,600m – 4:59.16

3,200m – 11:27.83

Top Finishes

4th – 2016 NIAA State Cross Country Championships

2nd 3,200m – 2018 NIAA 4A State Track & Field Championships

5th 1,600m – 2018 NIAA 4A State Track & Field Championships

Coach Cushman: "Hannah is a great student, and someone we'd been very interested in from early on. She posses great athletic range, and has good competitive instincts. She's a great person, and fit in really well with the team on her official visit. We are excited to see what she will bring to our team during her college career."

Claire Cocales

Lake Washington High School | Kirkland, Washington

Personal Best Times

1,600m – 5:14

3,200m – 11:21 

Top Finishes

18th (18:37) – 2017 WIAA 3A State Cross Country Championships

Coach Cushman: "Claire has been a captain for her high school team, is a great student, and has been on a very positive improvement curve during the last two years of her high school career. Claire is equally passionate about running and school, and we are thrilled to have her in our program."

Kayla Neumann

California High School (San Ramon, California)

Personal Best Times

1,600m – 5:13

3,200m – 11:18

5k XC – 19:20 at 2017 CIF Division I State Cross Country Championships

Coach Cushman: "Kayla has been well-coached, is very dedicated to the sport and getting better, and like all our recruits is a very good student. She made big improvements this spring, and we are excited to see her continue to develop in our program."

Kaitlyn Twadell

Highland Park High School (Highland Park, Illinois)

Personal Best Times

1,600m – 5:28

3,200m – 11:59

Coach Cushman: "Kaitlyn has been a great student at Highland Park. She brings a lot of enthusiasm and willingness to improve, and she'll be a great addition to our team." 

Sophia Morris

St. Francis High School (Mountain View, California)

Personal Best Times

400m – 1:01.27

800m – 2:22.48

Coach Cushman: "Sophia has dedicated her high school career to the middle-distance events. She will focus mostly on the 800-meter event during her college career, with the possibility of moving up to longer middle-distance events during her latter years. She's been committed to SCU from very early on, and we are excited to have her officially on board."


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