ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure University men's and women's cross country and track head coach Bob MacFarlane has announced the addition of six student-athletes to join his program next fall with the signing of National Letters of Intent. Logan Caruso, Jack Duncanson and John Pullano will compete for the men's program while Morgan Brady, Morgan Evarts and Julia Schneider join the women's teams.
On the men's side, the three newest signings will add to the already very young Bonnies roster that saw freshmen and sophomores taking the majority of scoring positions throughout the fall cross country season.
"The three men will be factors in cross country immediately, where we have six of our top seven runners returning next year," MacFarlane said. "In that top six are freshmen. We feel that all three of the recruits have raw talent and are just beginning to scratch the surface of what they are capable of. All three have had very successful high school careers and have great work ethics to become viable student-athletes for St. Bonaventure."
Caruso joins the Bonnies from nearby Bradford, Pa. where he is one of the top runners in Bradford High School history. In cross country, he won the District 9 AA Championship three times and qualified for the PIAA state meet every year of his high school career. He helped guide Bradford to two District 9 team cross country championships while in track he has captured the district championship in both the 1,600 and 3,200 meters. In the classroom, he has been an AP scholar student and will be in the honors program in the SBU School of Business. He is a fourth generation St. Bonaventure student, following a family tradition of being a Bonnie.
Duncanson, a native of Manlius, N.Y., continues what has been a recent pipeline of Bonnies men's runners from Fayetteville-Manlius High School as he will join current Bonnies sophomore Mark Vaccaro and freshman Jack Boltman as products of that program. He was a member of a squad that finished second in Class A at the state championship meet this fall where he took 19th overall in a field of 108 runners. His team won the Section III championship earlier this month as well. On the track, Duncanson was also an All-Central New York honoree in the 4x800. He is a National Honor Society member and plans to major in accounting.
Pullano comes to St. Bonaventure from Penfield, N.Y. where he has helped Penfield High School's cross country team to a No. 1 ranking in Section V. He has run a PR 5K time of 16:33 and is also an Honor Roll student in the classroom. He intends to major in communications at St. Bonaventure.
On the women's side, the trio of recruits figure to add to a squad that turned in an impressive fall and will have strong senior leadership next season as well.
"These three student-athletes embody what our program is about, working hard in the classroom and being a fierce competitor on the cross country course and track," MacFarlane said. "We feel all three have unlimited potential to add to our existing group of young runners. With our top seven returning next year, this influx of talent will definitely help us grow and add depth both in cross country and for the spring season in track."
Brady is a product of Fairport, N.Y. where she has been a First Team All-County and Scholar Athlete honoree. Formerly a standout in soccer, she became the top runner at Fairport High School this fall. She plans to major in mathematics.
Evarts is from Avoca, N.Y. where she runs for Avoca High School. There, she has placed in three cross country Section V championships. She was also named an All-Greater Rochester cross country selection by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. She intends to major in Health Sciences.
Schneider, a native of North Massapequa, N.Y. and product of St. Anthony's High School, was a part of city championship teams during her sophomore and junior seasons in track. A National Honor Society member, she earned three letters in track and two in cross country. She will major in political science.
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