ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure cross country / track head coach Bob MacFarlane has announced the addition of five student-athletes who will join the program for Fall 2017. Fourteen total new student-athletes have committed to join the St. Bonaventure men's and women's cross country and track programs for the next academic year.
Joseph Blakeley, Luke Gobel and Nathan Prisella will run for the Bonnies men's teams beginning next fall while Ania Rzepka and Lauryn Wortman have committed to join Bona's women's programs.
"What we like about this group of recruits is their mindset and willingness to learn and improve on a daily basis not only in the practice arena but also in the classroom, which is paramount in all of our incoming freshman recruits," MacFarlane said. "We see dedicated athletes that are good students in the classroom, solid teammates and motivated to become better runners."
Blakeley, a native of Bath, England, ranked top 100 nationally across the pond with a 5K personal best of 16:48, also taking a top 10 mark in his region. A two-sport star, he has also signed a National Letter of Intent to play as a member of the Bonnies tennis team as well. He plans to major in Finance.
A native of Ballston Spa, N.Y., Gobel earned a spot at state cross country championships the past three years where his team won the Class B state crown in 2016. His Burnt Hills/Ballston Lake High team also placed second at the 2016 Federation Championships and sixth at the Nike Cross Regional Championships last fall. He placed third in the steeple chase event at the Section 2 meet and also received the scholar-athlete award for his success in the classroom. Gobel plans to major in International Studies.
Prisella is a product of Corning-Painted Post High where he was part of the New York Class A team champions in cross country with a 5K personal best of 16:28. His high school team also won the past four state Class A Section 4 championship. He intends to major in Business.
On the women's side, Rzepka comes to Bonaventure from Fort Mill, S.C. where she was named Outstanding Young Runner at Fort Mill High School. She also earned team MVP honors in track, receiving All-Region accolades. She plans on majoring in Business Management.
Wortman joins the program from St. Mary's, Pa. where she competes for Elk County Catholic. A four-year letter winner, she competes for the school's cross country and track teams and intends to major in Business Marketing at St. Bonaventure.
"We feel this group will be a solid base that will support our retuning runners and take us up another step in the development of our team," MacFarlane said. "As for the all the recruits this year, we like to identify prospects who will make most of their talent and are willing to put the time and effort to accomplish that goal."
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