Bulldogs Welcome Accomplished Freshman Class
Class of 2018 Adds Depth and Skill to Improving Squad
NEW HAVEN, Conn.—Several members of the class of 2018 will look to make an impact as they join the Yale men's track and field and cross country teams for the 2014-2015 season. The Bulldogs have brought in 12 athletes this year, and as many as eight of them could run for the cross country team in addition to the track and field squad.
The incoming freshmen will add depth, excitement, talent and potential to a Yale team that ran well during both the cross country and track and field seasons this past year. The 2013 cross country season saw the emergence of junior and NCAA National Championships-qualifier Kevin Dooney as one of the school's all-time great distance runners, as well as consistently strong performances from junior Alex Conner, senior John McGowan and sophomore James Randon. During the track and field season, meanwhile, junior Duncan Tomlin stepped up as a national competitor in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to complement Dooney's strong showings in the distance events. A significant and immediate impact from the freshmen could not only add to this year's list of seasonal accomplishments, but also help fill the void left by the graduation of long-time stars like Daniel Jones, Dana Lindberg and James Shirvell.
"I am thrilled with the class we've assembled this year," said David Shoehalter, Yale's Mark T. Young '68 Director of Track and Field and Cross Country. "We've filled some holes and have added some incredibly accomplished athletes to the group. We will be getting immediate contributions from many of these young men, and I'm looking forward to working with all of them throughout their time here at Yale."
Head Men's Cross Country and Middle Distance Coach Paul Harkins echoed Shoehalter's enthusiasm surrounding the new group of athletes.
"This is perhaps the best distance and middle-distance recruiting class we have ever had at Yale," said Harkins. "I am extremely excited to see this class develop over the next four years, as I am confident that they have the ability to help us reach new heights. We are on the cusp of making the jump to the national level in cross country, and I believe this group can help push us over the edge."
The incoming class of 2018 is certainly an impressive one. Among this year's recruits are several state champions from across the country, a shot put and discus regional champion, a top finisher at the New Balance Games and New Balance Indoor Nationals, one of the top young runners in Switzerland and a member of the Costa Rican national track and field team. Below is a more detailed look at the incoming freshmen seeking to make their mark this season:
Ryan Brady, Middle Distance/Distance, East Chapel High School (East Chapel Hill, N.C.)
5k (cross country): 15:10
High School Accomplishments: Earned All-Conference and All-State honors as a senior…Finished third in 3,200-meters at state championships as both a junior and senior...Placed second at PAC-6 cross country conference championships and sixth at state championships as a senior...Finished third at cross country regional championships and seventh at state championships as a junior.
Casey Celestin, Middle Distance/Distance, Palos Verdes High School (Palos Verdes, Calif.)
5k (cross country): 15:19
High School Accomplishments: Bay League cross country champion…Finished eighth in 3,200-meters at state championships and second at divisional championships as a senior...Placed sixth in 5k at cross country state championship as a senior...Finished 11th at cross country state championship as a junior.
Matt Chisholm, Middle Distance/Distance, Farmington High School (Farmington, Conn.)
2,000-meter steeplechase: 5:58.00
High School Accomplishments: Three-time state champion in 1,600-meters and two-time state open champion (one in 800-meters and one in 1,600-meters)...New England champion in the mile...All-American in the 2,000-meter steeplechase...Holds Connecticut state record in 2,000-meter steeplechase and school records in 800-meters; 1,000-meters; 1,600-meters; mile; 2,000-meter steeplechase and 3,000-meters...Member of varsity swim team for two years.
Thomas Gmür, Middle Distance/Distance, Lycee-College des Creusets (Haute-Nendaz, Switzerland)
Notes: Ranks as one of the top young middle-distance runners in Switzerland…Holds 800-meter, 1,000-meter and 1,500-meter personal records that already rank among Yale's all-time best.
Paedyn Gomes, Sprints/Hurdles, West Geauga High School (Chesterland, Ohio)
110-meter hurdles: 14.22
300-meter hurdles: 38.12
High School Accomplishments: All-Conference in 2012, 2013 and 2014...Conference champion in 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles as a junior and senior...District champion in 110-meter hurdles, regional qualifier in 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles and state finalist in 110-meter hurdles with fourth-place finish as a junior... State finalist in both hurdle events as a senior, placing fifth in 110-meter hurdles and sixth in 300-meter hurdles...Placed third in 60-meter hurdles and eighth in 200-meter dash at 2014 indoor state meet...Named Academic All-Ohio in both 2013 and 2014...Holds school record in 110-meter and 300-meter hurdles...Member of 4x200-meter relay team that set school record in 2014.
Jake Hoops, Throws, The Blake High School (Hopkins, Minn.)
Shot put: 16.92m
Discus throw: 49.58m
High School Accomplishments: 6AA Region champion in shot put and discus as a senior...Placed third in shot put and fourth in discus at 2013 state championship...Shattered school record in shot put...2014 New Balance National High School Championship Qualifier.
Adam Houston, Middle Distance/Distance, Roosevelt High School (Seattle, Wash.)
5k (cross country): 15:25
High School Accomplishments: Placed second in 5k at conference and district cross country championships as a senior... Finished 12th in 3,200-meters at regional championships as a senior...Placed eighth in 3,200-meters at conference championships as a senior.
Mike Koller, Jumps, La Salle College High School (Wyndmoor, Pa.)
High jump: 1.98m
High School Accomplishments: Placed second in high jump at district championship as both a junior and senior...Placed sixth in high jump at indoor state championship as a junior...Runner-up in high jump at Philadelphia Catholic League Championships as a sophomore and third-place finisher as a junior…Played defensive back for varsity football team.
Scott Meehan, Middle Distance/Distance, Pope John XIII High School (Sparta, N.J.)
5k (cross country): 15:39
High School Accomplishments: Cross country conference champion as a senior…Finished third in two-mile run at New Balance Games and 15th in 5,000-meters at New Balance Indoor Nationals as a senior...Finished fourth in 3,200-meters at NJSIAA Meet of Champions and second in 3,200-meters at NJSIAA sectionals as a senior...Member of second-place DMR team at state relay championships...Finished third in 5k at NJSIAA cross country championships and 36th in 5k at Foot Locker Nationals as a senior.
Mariano Miranda, Sprints/Hurdles, Methodist High School (Sabanilla, Costa Rica)
400-meter hurdles: 54.90
Notes: Ran primarily as a member of the Costa Rican national team...National and Central American champion multiple times in 400-meter hurdles and 400-meter dash since 2011 in youth and junior categories...Member of Costa Rican national team since 2009 for multiple events at national, Central American and Central American and Caribbean championships...Member of the Costa Rican national relays squad since 2009...Regional, national and Central American student champion as a member of his high school track team.
Hale Ross, Middle Distance/Distance, Potomac School (McLean, Va.)
5k (cross country): 15:35
High School Accomplishments: Honorable Mention in Washington Post's All-Metropolitan Team for Cross Country as a junior and senior...Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association state champion in cross country and indoor 4x800-meter relay as a senior...Mid-Atlantic Conference champion in cross country as a senior and in 3,200-meters as a junior...Captain of indoor and outdoor track teams as a senior year...Holds indoor 1,600-meter and indoor/outdoor 4x800-meter relay school records.
Cameron Stanish, Middle Distance/Distance, Garfield High School (Seattle, Wash.)
5k (cross country): 15:19
High School Accomplishments: 3,200-meter state champion and 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter regional and conference champion as a senior...Conference and district cross country champion as a senior...Placed third in 1,600-meters at 2014 state championship...Placed sixth in 5k at state cross country championship...Finished fourth in 800-meters at conference championships as a senior and third as a junior...Finished fourth in 1,600-meters and eighth in 3,200-meters at state championships as a junior.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity