T&F, XC Announce 2014 Signing Class

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM Eric Peterson has announced the 2014 track and field and cross country recruiting classes
Eric Peterson has announced the 2014 track and field and cross country recruiting classes

July 23, 2014

NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane track and field and cross country programs are welcoming in a total of 19 new student-athletes for the 2014-15 season, as director Eric Peterson announced the signing class on Wednesday afternoon.

Madeline Held (Hoover, Alabama), Emily-Kathryn Hoey (Diamond Bar, California), Emma Newton (Hollis, New Hampshire), Jackie Esmay (Providence, Rhode Island), Skylin Harbin (Mission Hills, California), Lauren Bartels (San Antonio), Emily Bedell (Birmingham, Alabama), Merritt Miller (Fort Collins, Colorado), Rebecca Blitt (New Providence, New Jersey), Erika Chelales (Indianapolis), Jennifer LaMori (Santa Monica, California), Laura Krasovec (Media, Pennsylvania), Sara Foster (Northborough, Massachusetts) and Nicole Kauffman (Fort Morgan, Colorado) will join a stable of strong returning student-athletes that saw a school-record seven qualify for the NCAA East Regionals this past spring. On the men's side, Moses Aloiloi (Republic of Kenya), Chris Lowery (Oklahoma City), Charlie Frishberg (San Diego), Massimo Vancheri (Mandeville, Louisiana) and Dylan Angarella (Los Angeles) will be added to the mix.



The talent will be spread around to different areas of the track and field squad as Esmay, Foster and Kaufman will specialize in throws while Harbin will compete in sprints and hurdles. Bartels, Bedell, Held, Hoey, Miller, Newton, Blitt, Chelales, LaMori and Krasovec will run in middle or long distance races in addition to competing for the cross country team in the fall.

Lowery, Frishberg and Aloiloi are all distance runners, while Vancheri and Angarella will specialize in sprints.

"I believe strongly that this class, both men and women, is the strongest and the deepest signing class we've had during my tenure here," said Peterson, who is entering his sixth season at the helm of the program. "Talent and depth is what we were really striving for, and I think we've achieved it."

Harbin has the chance to make an immediate impact for the Green Wave in the hurdles, as her personal-best mark of 14.10 in the 100 meter hurdles would qualify for the Tulane school record. The Bishop Alemany High School product placed fifth in the event at the CIF State Championships during the 2013 outdoor season. She was equally as talented in the 300 meter hurdles, posting a personal-best of 41.79 that ranked 18th in the nation this season.

"Harbin is one of the nation's top hurdlers," stated Peterson. "She is an outstanding 300 and 400 meter hurdler, and I think she has great potential in the 100 meter hurdles. We were very excited to get a commitment from her back in the fall."

Esmay is one of the country's top throwers, as she posted the nation's 17th-best hammer throw during the outdoor season at the Schomp Invitational for LaSalle Academy with a throw of 47.62 meters (156-3) that would already rank amongst one of the top throws in Tulane history. She also captured the event title in the weight throw at the USATF New England Championships with a throw of 15.10 meters (49-6.5). She also competed in the shot put during her high school career.

"Jackie was a real late bloomer in the hammer, but she came on very strong in the end," mentioned Peterson. "She threw a distance that ascended her to the top-20 in the nation. She will be great for us."

Held was the Alabama Wendy's High School Heisman winner this past year, as she starred for Spain Park High School in cross country and track and field. During the 2014 outdoor season, she set personal-best times in the 800 meters (2:19.58), the 1,600 meters (5:04.11) and the 3,200 meters (11:18.51). She placed third at the state championships with the aforementioned mark in the 3,200 meters.

Hoey won four letters in cross country and track and field at Glendora High School in addition to earning All-Baseline League First Team honors during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. She owns the second-best times in school history in both the 800 meters (2:17.12) and the 1,600 meters (5:01.94) in addition to owning the school-record in the 400 meter dash with a time of 58.5.

Newton earned first-team all-state honors in cross country and track and field during her sophomore, junior and senior campaigns at Hollis Brookline High School. The incoming freshman owns six school records in middle and long distance events, including the 2 mile run mark of 10:58.33, and she was named the Nashua Telegraph Runner of the Year in 2012 and 2013. During her senior season, she was the New Hampshire Division II Cross Country Champion. She will primarily be a 5K runner for the Green Wave, as she has notched a personal-best time of 18:18 in that event during the cross country season.

"Madeline, Emma and Emily-Kathryn are a really good trio of distance runners that will come in and provide a lot of stability to our cross country program right off the bat," said Peterson. "I also believe that they will develop nicely into runners that will impact our (track and field) team from 1,500 meters all the way up to 5,000 meters. We are really excited about that group."

Aloiloi, who will be a redshirt-freshman this season, came to Tulane from Kenya a year ago. He gives the Green Wave men's track and field and cross country teams their first true distance threat since Solomon Kandie. The Green Wave coaching staff expects Aloiloi to be competitive in the 1,500 meter races all the way up through the 10,000 meters in addition to making a significant contribution to the cross country team.

"Moses has been studying here since the spring, but I really feel that he is going to become a great distance runner for us," stated Peterson. "He will run primarily in the 5,000 meters, but he will also be able to help us in the 10,000 meters."

Lowery spent his freshman year of college at Oklahoma City College, where he helped lead the cross country program to their first appearance in the NAIA Championships. During the track season, he placed sixth in the NAIA Outdoor Championships in the 800 meter (1:51.53) in while placing 11th in the 1,500 meters (3:49.17). He was also 22nd at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships with a time of 25:04 in the 8K. Lowery will have three years of eligibility remaining. Prior to joining Oklahoma City College, Lowery prepped at Chandler High School in Oklahoma City where he won won multiple cross country state championships, in addition to having picked up state titles in the 800 meters (1:51.53), 1,600 meters and the 3,200 meters during the track season.

"Chris Lowery is a very, talented transfer student who was the top freshman finisher at the NAIA Cross Country National Championships on a very challenging course in Lawrence, Kansas," mentioned Peterson. "Chris is coming in with strong personal times that he set in the finals of the NAIA Outdoor Championships in the 800 and 1,500 meters."

Miller helped Fort Collins High School capture the 2013 Front Range League Championship, as she competed in the 800 meters. During her senior campaign, the incoming freshman ran the 800 meters with a time of 2:16.76 at the Golden Spike #1 meet, in addition to helping take the event title at the same meet in the 4 x 800 meter relay. Her personal-best time in the 800 meters is 2:16.69.

Vancheri prepped at Mandeville High School, where he was a sprinter on their track and field team in addition to playing wide receiver on their football squad. His personal-best time in the 400 meter dash - his specialty - is a time of 48.94 that he ran during the LHSAA State Championships for a fourth-place finish. Angarella competed in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dash races for Brentwood High School during his prep years. He owns a personal-best time of 50.58 in the 400 meters. Additionally, Angarella competed in the long jump, as well as the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 meter relays.

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