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 seven student-athletes who will join the program beginning in the fall, bringing the Bonnies freshman class to 13.
Joshua Gleason, Elias Kott and Matthew Villanueva will join the men's program while Theresa Dristle, Emily Holstein, Brittany Morris and Amberlee Robertson have committed to the women's team.
"This class adds talent in both middle and long distances for our fledgling track team as well as depth to our cross country team," MacFarlane said. "There are a couple of runners on both sides who have the potential to make an immediate impact, and I am looking forward to the fun process of assimilating new faces to the team. Once again we've added runners that are dedicated to their sport and in the classroom and what I'm most excited about is what the runners from our two signing dates have in common: a desire to be great and continue the process of elevating our programs."
Gleason is a native of Eden, N.Y. and was part of the Eden High School cross country divisional championship team last fall. His high school squad also won the Section VI Class C Championship during his senior year of cross country. An Honor Roll student, he plans to major in cybersecurity.
A native of Latrobe, Pa., Kott ran for Derry Area High School where he ranked sixth in his county in the 1600 meters with a 4:45 PR time as well as a best 5K cross country mark of 17:22. He also played basketball and earned his high school's Academic Excellence award. Kott plans to major in finance.
Villanueva hails from Brookfield, Conn. and will graduate from Immaculate High School. He was his school's track captain and ran a 17:30 PR time in 5K cross country and 4:55 in the 1600 meters as well as 10:36 in the 3200. An Honor Roll student, he plans to major either in English or secondary education.
Dristle calls Skaneateles Falls, N.Y. home and will graduate from Jordan-Elbridge High School. She was her team's cross country and indoor track team MVP as a senior where she ran an 11:14 in the 3000 meters and 5:14 in the 1500 and took second place at the Marathon Cross Country Invitational last fall. A High Honor Roll student, she plans to major in biology.
A product of Milford, Del., Holstein comes to St. Bonaventure from Milford Senior High School. She was named First Team All-Conference following one season and Second Team All-Conference twice during her time in high school and also was a three-time All-County selection. She also played soccer in high school. She plans to major in elementary education.
Morris is a native of Arcade, N.Y. and will graduate from Pioneer High School. She plans to major in elementary/special education.
Robertson is from Williamsville, N.Y. where she is a nine-time New York State qualifier in the 600 meters, 1000, 4x800 and 4x400 as well as in cross country. She holds 13 school records in track and field and placed 11th in the state championships in the 1000 meters and anchored her 4x800 relay that placed sixth in the state. She was also ninth in nationals in the freshman mile and competed in the National Junior Olympics in the 1500 and 3200. She also earned Section VI MVP honors twice in indoor track and placed fifth in the YMCA 8K Turkey Trot, ranking top three in her age group four straight years. A National Honor Society member, she plans to major in political science.
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