Track and Field, Cross Country Announce Class of 2019

Track and Field, Cross Country Announce Class of 2019

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Harvard track and field team has announced the addition of 28 newcomers, 16 men and 12 women, to join the roster as the Class of 2019. Below is a breakdown of each of the incoming student-athletes.


Taylor Brunskole
Starrs Mill High School | Fayetteville, Ga. 

110HH - 14.64
300H - 39.07

"Taylor will add depth and toughness to our hurdle contingent. He is a great addition to the team." – Coach Mangiacotti

Austin Gilbert | Distance
Ridgefield High School | Ridgefield, Conn. 

Mile – 4:14.03
3000m – 8:32.15
2 Miles – 9:14.12
NXN Northeast Regional Champion 

"Austin is a tremendous talent.  He's a proven winner and has been guided by an outstanding coach at Ridgefield, Bryan Kovalsky.  I'm looking forward to working with Austin."  Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country 

Taylor Gill | Pole Vault
Eula High School | Clyde, Texas 

100m – 10.97
Pole Vault – 16'-00.75"

"Taylor is an extremely talented athlete.  Given his speed and his relatively short time competing in the pole vault he has a huge upside.   I believe that he will be in immediate contention for an Ivy League title. The sky is literally the limit with him."   -Coach Abbott 

Joshua Kellebrew | Middle Distance
David Douglas High School | Portland, Ore. 

200m – 22.18
400m – 48.93
800m – 1:53.31 

-Oregon 6A State Champion in 800m 

"Josh has great versatility and is exceptionally fast for a middle distance runner. He has the ability to contribute in multiple relays and individually at 400 and 800 meters. I am excited to have him join our squad." –Coach Wales-Dinan, Associate Head Cross Country Coach

Nick Linder | Middle Distance
Providence Day School | Charlotte, N.C. 

800m – 1:53.35
Mile – 4:14.74
3200m – 9:13.13 

"Nick is a great competitor who knows how to win races.  He comes from a great program at Providence Day that is well coached by Ben Hovis.  We can't wait to add Nick to our middle-distance group and also see him mixing it up with our top distance guys."  Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country

Joe Luongo | Sprints / Middle Distance
St. John's Prep | Danvers, Mass. 

300m – 35.25
400m – 49.19
600m – 1:18.84
800m – 1:51.54 

-Massachusetts State Recorder holder in the 600m
-Ranked US #2 in the 600m in 2014 & 2015

"Joe is a fierce competitor who has great strength and range as a long sprinter. He established himself as one of the best 600m runners in US history and should be an immediate impact athlete during the indoor season. He combines with Marshall and Kellebrew to bring Harvard one of their best 400-800m classes in school history." – Coach Mangiacotti

Myles Marshall | Middle Distance
Kingwood High School | Kingwood, Texas 

400m – 46.93
800m – 1:48.43
1000m – 2:24.43 

-2014 World Youth Champion in 800m
-8th Fastest 1000m in US history

"Myles is a once in a generation type runner. He has competed at the highest level that high school athletes has to offer and he has come home a champion. Myles combines incredible speed with exceptional speed endurance and has the capacity to be a multiple Ivy League Champion and All-American. I am thrilled that he will be wearing Crimson this year." –Coach Wales-Dinan, Associate Head Cross Country Coach

Ed Masterson
Norwell High School | Norwell, Mass. 

400m – 50.51
600m – 1:24.67 

"Ed has been a steady improver throughout high school. During his senior year he began to establish himself as a consistent high-level performer. I am excited to see how he improves at Harvard."  – Coach Mangiacotti

Samuel Oh | Middle Distance
Aldai E Stevenson High School | Lincolnshire, Ill. 

800m – 1:56.77
1600m – 4:15.48
3200m – 9:18.75 

-Finished 6th at the 2014 Illinois 3A State Cross Country Championships

"Sammy has impressed us since he attended the Complete Track and Field Clinic at Harvard the summer before his senior year.  He has a great competitive streak, is a tremendously hard-working and will be a great addition to our distance group."  Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country

Collin Price | Distance
St. Margaret's High School | San Juan Capistrano, Calif. 

1600m – 4:23.07
3200m – 9:00.00 

-Finished 4th at the Division 5 California State Cross Country Championships

"It is great to add a talent like Collin to our program.  He has a fantastic work ethic and comes from a wonderful family.  We are excited for him to join our distance group and believe he can thrive in our program like his older brother, Brandon has."  Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country

Garrett Rouser
Kingston High School | Kingston, Wash. 

300H – 37.97
400m – 49.49 

Washington 2A State Champion in the 300H. 

"Garrett will play a big role in the fantastic group of hurdlers we have assembled this recruiting class. He has shown the ability to be a national level 400m hurdler and contribute in the relays as well. I am eager to see what he can accomplish at the collegiate level." – Coach Mangiacotti

Jon Tollefson | Hurdles
St. Croix Lutheran High School | St. Paul, Minn. 

110m Hurdles – 13.82
300m Hurdles – 37.96

-Minnesota State Champion in the 110HH, 300H and 4 x 400m relay 

"A double state champion in the 110 and 300m hurdles, Jon has the potential to develop into an elite hurdler at the college level. He is athletic and fast and shows promise across multiple events. I am thrilled that he is joining our Crimson family and believe he will be an immediate impact type runner." – Coach Mangiacotti

Kieran Tuntivate | Distance
Charter School of Wilmington | Wilmington, Del. 

Mile – 4:11.58
3200m – 9:06.30 

-Finished 7th at NXN Southeast Regional

"One of the best milers in the country, Kieran has a nose for racing and never seems to back down from a challenge.  Following his high school career, it was great to see him dominate the competition in Delaware and how he always seemed to mix it up in the national meets.  We can't wait to add him to our distance group this fall and also see him making big contributions on the track."  Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country 

Mitch Valko | Hurdles
South Fayette High School | McDonald, Pa. 

60m Hurdles – 7.95
110m Hurdles – 14.02 

-Pennsylvania State Champion in the 60HH 

"Mitch is a an exceptional runner who won the state title in the 60m hurdles during this past indoor season. He is tall and strong and has been a great athlete on the football field as well. He will look to continue our success in the 60HH and 110HH at the Ivy League level." – Coach Mangiacotti

Ian West | Pole Vault
Fike High School | Wilson, N.C. 

Pole Vault – 16'-00.75"

"Ian is one of the toughest competitors I have ever had the privilege of recruiting.  He is the only
four time state champion in North Carolina state history.  His work ethic is second only to his
mental toughness and desire to succeed.  He will do whatever it takes to achieve excellence on all
fronts."  -Coach Abbott

Nathan Williams | Distance
Carlsbad High School | Carlsbad, Calif. 

1600m – 4:22.38
3200m – 9:06.63 

"Nathan ran one of the fastest times at the California State Cross Country Championship his senior year and it has been fun seeing him back that up with some outstanding times on the track.  He is a great talent that we are excited to welcome to our program."  Jason Saretsky, The William W. "Bill" McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country


Erin Dietz | Distance
Bedford High School | Bedford, Mass. 

Mile – 4:56.97
3000m – 9:37.41
5000m – 16:36.16 

-Gold medalist in 3000m at 2015 Pan Am Junior Championships
-2014 Footlocker National Cross-Country Finalist
-2-Time Massachusetts State Champion in cross country and track
-2nd Place at US Jr. Nationals 3000m qualifying for Pan-American's
-3rd Place at US Jr. Nationals 5000m
-2nd Place at 2015 NBON 5000m
-4th Place in 2014 NBON 5000m 

"Erin will bring needed toughness on the cross country course. She is experienced and willing to hurt. I am very excited she has decided to pursue her collegiate goals at Harvard!" –Coach Wales-Dinan

Malia Ellington | Middle Distance
Community School of Davidson | Davidson, N.C. 

800m – 2:09.81
1000m – 2:53.23
Mile – 4:50.58
3200m – 10:30.07 

-2015 Adidas Dream Mile Qualifier
-17-Time North Carolina State Champion in cross country and track.
-2013 World Youth Champion in Triathlon

"Malia is one of the most versatile runners in the country. She has incredible range and can compete in anything from 800m to 6k cross country. She is primed to continue the middle distance success that Harvard has had over the past two years." –Coach Wales-Dinan

Kathryn Gillespie | Middle Distance
Central/Team West | Dollar, Scotland, U.K. 

-800m – 2:07.44
-1500m – 4:16.62
-3000m – 9:37.16

"Kat is a phenomenal middle distance runner. She has the ability to come to Harvard and rewrite our record books. I couldn't be more excited to welcome her to our program and have her help us continue to develop a culture that strives for excellence." –Coach Wales-Dinan

Mackenzie Gray | Hurdles, Jumps
Governor's Academy | Andover, Mass. 

-60m Hurdles – 9.30
-High Jump – 5'4"
-Long Jump – 18'04.25"
-Triple Jump – 40'0.75"

"Mackenzie is a very hard worker who was lauded by her coaches for her dedication and team spirit.  She has set NEPSTA and school records and can be a consistent Ivy League threat in the horizontal jumps." -Coach Tolbert

Bola Hambolu | Jumps
Collins Hill | Suwanee, Ga. 

Long Jump – 18'-08.50"
Triple Jump – 39'-11.75" 

"We believe that Bola can develop into a consistent Ivy League scorer. She has the determination to succeed and was a perennial all-state performer." -Coach Tolbert 

-Coach Tolbert

Ngozi Musa | Sprints, Jumps
Holy Names Academy | Seattle, Wash. 

60m – 7.54
100m – 11.75
Long Jump – 18'08" 

"Ngozi has shown some flashes of brilliance over the last two seasons. We believe she can develop into an elite-level sprinter. She brings international experience as a World Junior competitor and has a lot of room for improvement." -Coach Tolbert

Anna Sulger | Sprints
Darien High School | Darien, Conn. 

200m – 25.16
300m – 40.43
400m – 55.75
600m – 1:34.91 

"Anna has excellent range and will be an important part of our long sprints group and will vie for spots on our All-Ivy relays." -Coach Tolbert

Miranda Sadler | Middle Distance
Bristol Grammar School | Bristol, U.K. 

800m – 2:12.60
1500m – 4:26.72 

"Miranda is an accomplished middle distance runner that will add strength to an already deep group of 800m and 1500m runners. I believe she will be ready to contribute right away!" – Coach Wales-Dinan 

Gabby Thomas | Sprints, Jumps
Williston-Northampton | Florance, Mass.

100m – 11.71
200m – 24.22
Long Jump – 19'05.50"
Triple Jump – 40'07"

"Gabby is a threat to be a high level scorer on the track and in the field. Her potential for improvement is very exciting. We expect her, Hannah, and Ngozi to work diligently to continue the sprint tradition we've established over the last few years." – Coach Tolbert 

Nicole Trenchard | Pole Vault
Pacific Collegiate | Santa Cruz, Mass. 

Pole Vault – 12'-08"
Javelin – 120'7"

"Nicole is a versatile athlete who should contribute at both the pole vault and javelin. She has been a very consistent vaulter in high school has the ability to be an Ivy League champion in her time at Harvard." – Coach Abbott

Savannah Wieser | Pole Vault
Dublin High School | Dublin, Calif.

Pole Vault – 12'-00"

"Savannah is a great addition to our vaulting core. She adds depth and competitiveness to a group that has the potential to ascend to the top of the Ivy League. – Coach Abbott