Gondak welcomes incoming PSU Cross Country/Track & Field class

Penn State University Cross Country/Track and Field announced their incoming 2018 recruiting class on Monday. The Nittany Lions have added a total of 35 student-athletes to the program. (Photo courtesy of Penn State Cross Country/Track and Field)

UNIVERSITY PARK – Penn State cross country and track & field head coach John Gondak and the Nittany Lion coaching staff have completed its incoming class with the addition of 35 student-athletes.

“Penn State cross country and track & field is thrilled to announce our incoming class for next fall,” Gondak said. “Our coaches did another outstanding job identifying talent from around the world to join us here in Happy Valley. Once again, we have a well-balanced recruiting class that will help our program continue to be competitive in the Big Ten and NCAA across all of the event areas.

“I want to thank all of the coaches and staff members that helped us secure this class,” Gondak added. “The time and effort they put into helping keep Penn State cross country/track & field one of the premier programs in the country is endless. I believe their efforts paid off with this outstanding recruiting class.”

The class is comprised of 19 female student-athletes and 16 male student-athletes. Not only does the class include Nittany Lions from Pennsylvania, but the class reaches nationally to California and internationally to the United Kingdom.

2018 WOMEN’S


Julia Baxter

Hometown: Butler, Pa. | High School/Previous School: Butler/Butler Community College

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): High jump-5-7

Antoinette Bradley

Hometown: Fort Washington, Md. | High School: Friendly

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 300-41.71/400-56.86/500-76.17/600-1:36.68/800-2:18.00/300IH-44.43/400IH-60.90

Highlights: U.S. No. 15 in the 400IH…2018 Maryland outdoor state champion in the 300IH…Took runner-up in the 400 at the 2018 Maryland outdoor state meet…Placed third in the 300IH at the 2017 Maryland outdoor state meet.

Alexis Baublitz

Hometown: York, Pa. | High School/Previous School: Central York/West Virginia University

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): Pole vault-12-6

Highlights: 2016 New Balance Nationals Indoor, Penn Relays, and Millrose Games qualifier…Set her high school pole vault record of 12-foot-3…2015 PIAA District 3 bronze medalist.

Ryann Brundage

Hometown: Corry, Pa. | High School: Corry Area

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): Javelin-142-10

Highlights: Four-time PIAA District 10 champion in the javelin…Finalist in the javelin at the 2018 PIAA State Championships.

Madison Coppolino

Hometown: Somerdale, N.J. | High School: Sterling

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 1600-4:58.86/3200-10:46.38

Highlights: 2018 NJSIAA Group 2 state champion in the 3,200.

Andrea Demko

Hometown: Hershey, Pa. | High School: Hershey

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 1600-4:56.61/3200-10:49.19/5k (XC)-18:09.00

Highlights: Finished fifth in the 1,600 at the 2018 PIAA State Championships.

Katie Gallagher

Hometown: Frederick, Md. | High School: Linganore

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): High jump-5-7

Highlights: 2018 MPSSAA state champion in the high jump…2018 MPSSAA 3A West Region meet high jump champion.

Breana Gambrell

Hometown: Athens, Pa. | High School: Athens Area

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 100-11.83/Long jump -20-8.5/Triple jump-38-8.75

Highlights: Four-time PIAA state meet long jump champion…Two-time PIAA state meet triple jump champion…2018 PIAA state champion in the 100…2018 Penn Relays high school long jump champion.

Rachel Gearing

Hometown: Cleveland, Ga. | High School: White County

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): Long jump-18-6.5/Triple jump-39-8.75

Highlights: Region 7-AAAA champion in the 400, long jump, and triple jump.

Taylor Givens

Hometown: State College, Pa. | High School: State College Area

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): Long jump-19-9

Highlights: 2018 PIAA state champion in the long jump…Two-time PIAA District 6 champion in the long jump.

Alexis Holmes

Hometown: Cheshire, Conn. | High School: Cheshire Academy

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 200-23.46/400-51.21

Highlights: US #1 400…US# 13 200…2018 New Balance Nationals Outdoor champion in the 400…New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet record holder in the 400 (51.21)… 2018 Gatorade Connecticut Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year…2018 New England prep school champion in the 100, 200, and 400…2018 New Balance Nationals Indoor runner-up in the 400…Finished third in the 200 at the 2018 New Balance Nationals Indoor meet.

Ekaterina Hupalo

Hometown: Mission Hills, Calif. | High School: Bishop Alemany

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 100HH-14.36

2018 MEN’S


David Bolles

Hometown: Malvern, Pa. | High School: Malvern Prep

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): High jump-6-6/Long jump-22-11

Highlights: Took fifth in the pentathlon at the 2018 New Balance Nationals Indoor meet.

Ben Bulkeley

Hometown: Fairport, N.Y. | High School: Fairport

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 800-1:50.96/1000-2:26.78/1600-4:19.07

Highlights: 2017 NYSPHSAA state champion in the outdoor 800…2017 NYSPHSAA state champion in the indoor 1,000.

Elijah Claiborne

Hometown: Northport, N.Y. | High School: Northport

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 800-1:52.24/1600-4:10.01

Highlights: 2018 NYSPHSAA outdoor state champion in the 800/1,600…A member of the 2017 and 2018 4×800 New Balance Nationals Outdoors championship team.

Isaiah Claiborne

Hometown: Northport, N.Y. | High School: Northport

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 800-1:51.62/1,000-2:26.95/1600-4:10.96/3200-8:58.33/5k (XC)-15:32.06

Highlights: 2018 NYSPHSAA indoor state champion in the 1,000…A member of the 2017 and 2018 4×800 New Balance National Outdoors championship team.

Gavin Darcy

Hometown: Dunmore, Pa. | High School: Dunmore

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): Javelin-212-10

Highlights: 2017 PIAA state champion in the javelin…Two-time PIAA District 2 section javelin champion…Finished third in the javelin at the 2017 New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet.

Isaac Davis

Hometown: Jersey Shore, Pa. | High School: Jersey Shore Area

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 3200-9:24.25/5k (XC)-15:39.00

Highlights: 2017 PIAA AA Cross Country state champion.

Hudson Delisle

Hometown: Quakertown, Pa. | High School: Quakertown Community

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 800-1:52.01/1600-4:18.73

Highlights: Finished third in the 800 at the Indoor PA State Championships…Placed third in the 800 at the 2018 PIAA State Championships.

Isaiah Dillard

Hometown: Solon, Ohio | High School: Solon

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): High jump-6-8/110mH-14.47/300MH-39.26

Highlights: Took second in the high jump at the 2018 Ohio State Indoor Championships…2018 Greater Cleveland Conference champion in the high jump.

Chase Ebersole

Hometown: Mechanicsburg, Pa. | High School: Cumberland Valley

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 400-48.99

Highlights: Finished seventh in the 400 at the 2018 Indoor PA State Championships…Took seventh in the 400 at the 2018 PIAA state meet.

Chris Hughes

Hometown: Glens Falls, N.Y. | High School: Glens Falls

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 3200-9:16.13

Highlights: 2017 NYSPHSAA Class C cross country state champion.

Drew Maher

Hometown: West Long Branch, N.J. | High School: Shore Regional

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 800-1:49.16/1600-4:08.80

Highlights: 2018 NJ Group 1 800/1600 state champion…2018 1,600 champion at the NJ Meet of Champions…Runner-up in the 800 at the 2018 New Balance Nationals Outdoor meet.

Kristian Marche

Hometown: Philadelphia, Pa. | High School: Imhotep Institute Charter

Event(s)-Personal Best(s): 60-6.85/100-10.67/200-21.67

Highlights: Runner-up in the 100 at the 2017 PIAA state meet.