ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure University men's and women's cross country and distance track head coach Bob MacFarlane has announced the addition of 10 student-athletes who will join the program in the Fall of 2016.
Included in the group are new Bonnies from five different states.
On the men's side, Genaro Colon, Donavan Lowe, Karan Patel and Mark Vaccaro are the new additions while Stephanie Barry, Jenna Cherry, Sydney Beeman, Audrey Husenitza, Meaghan Ralph and Christine Walsh are welcomed to the women's teams.
"I couldn't be more pleased with the new additions to our cross country and first-year track program," MacFarlane said. "Our goal at the beginning of the recruiting period was to fill needs of our program, and we were able to do that and more. We are very excited about the quality and depth we were able to recruit in all track events."
Colon comes to St. Bonaventure from Staten Island and Saint Edmund Prep. A track standout there, he owns a 12-second 100-meter dash and a 4:30 mile time, also winning gold in the 4x2, 4x1 and 200-meter dashes. An honors student, he intends to major in Journalism and Mass Communications at SBU.
Lowe will graduate from Chillicothe High School in Chillicothe, Ohio, where he broke the cross country course record at the Jackson Invitational with a time of 16:58. His mark of 15:42 during a junior year meet ranked as the 24th fastest time that season in the state of Ohio according to OhioMileSplit.com. In track, he earned league championship honors in the 4x800 relay as a freshman and sophomore and then took league championship honors in the 1600 meters as a senior. He served as team captain of both Chillicothe's cross country and track teams and intends to major in Political Science.
A native of Carteret, N.J., Patel has run a 4:58 mile time and a 2:15 mark in the 800-meters. Also an honors student, he intends to major in Biology.
Vaccaro is a native of Fayetteville, N.Y., and ran track times of 2:12 in the 800 meters, 4:56 in the 1600 meters and turned in a mark of 17:32 in the 5K during cross country season. He plans on majoring in Accounting.
Barry joins the Bonnies women's teams from Ashburn, Va., where she competes for Broad Run High School. She has served as the team captain for both her school's cross country and track teams, winning the program's 2015 Cross Country Coach's Award. In the 800 meters, she owns a personal best time of 2:33. She plans on majoring in Biology.
From Sayre, Pa., Beeman won the Tom Koons Invitational and qualified for the Pennsylvania State Meet competing for Sayre Area High School. A standout in multiple sports including soccer, swimming and basketball, she intends to major in Psychology.
Cherry, a native of Kersey, Pa., finished ninth in the Pennsylvania State Meet in the 4x8 relay as a freshman while competing for St. Mary's Area High School. She owns a 5K cross country personal record of 21:40 and ran for both her school's cross country and track teams all four years of high school. Cherry has plans to major in Accounting.
Husenitza comes to SBU from Liverpool, N.Y., where she will graduate from Liverpool High School. She earned scholar-athlete and AP scholar awards at Liverpool High and will be an undeclared major this fall.
A native of Wayne, N.J., Ralph turned in a time of less than two seconds off the Immaculate Heart Academy school record in the intermediate hurdles with personal bests of 70.2 in IH and 17.9 in high hurdles. She is a second generation Division I athlete, following the footsteps of her father who was a baseball player at Manhattan College. She plans on majoring in Psychology.
Walsh is a native of Kirtland, Ohio, where she placed second team all-conference in cross country during her junior and senior years with a personal best 5K time of 21:18. In track, she placed second at Districts in the 4x800 meter relay and was an all-conference runner-up in the 3200 meters and 4x800 relay. A team captain of both her cross country and track teams as well as an honors student, Walsh also follows in family footsteps of being a Division I athlete as her father ran track and cross country at Syracuse. She plans on majoring in Journalism and Mass Communications.
"This recruiting class, along with our current athletes shows that the future is very bright at Bonas," MacFarlane added, "and that our track and field and cross country programs will be on the rise to compete."
Beginning in the spring of 2017, St. Bonaventure will participate in the NCAA minimum of six track competitions with a schedule of local and regional outdoor meets. The Bonnies will also participate in the Atlantic 10 Conference outdoor track championship in the spring.
The newly announced additions to the program bring a total of 14 new student-athletes into St. Bonaventure cross country and track. Chelsea Cole, Devan Cavanaugh, William Delaney and Kyle Haller announced their intention to join the Bonnies during the early signing period last December.
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