14 Freshmen To Join Women’s Cross Country, Track and Field

14 Freshmen To Join Women’s Cross Country, Track and Field

The Harvard women will be in search of another Ivy League title in 2013-14 (Harvard Athletic Communications).

Jason Saretsky, The William W. “Bill” McCurdy Director of Track and Field/Cross Country, announced that 14 women will be joining the ranks of the Harvard cross country and track and field teams for the 2013-14 season. The class boasts seven cross country/distance runners and seven track and field participants.  

“Last year our women’s recruiting class made an immediate impact and there were a number of key contributors to the historic year we had. This year, we are anticipating big things again.  I am thrilled with the incoming women’s class of freshmen,” said Saretsky. “There is a tremendous amount of talent and I look forward to supporting all of our student-athletes as they pursue their athletic and academic goals here at Harvard.”

The freshman class will look to keep the momentum from 2012-13 going in its inaugural campaign. The women’s cross country team led off a historic season for the Crimson women, qualifying for the NCAA team championships for the first time since 1983. The berth came via a fourth-place finish at the NCAA Northeast Regional meet, on the heels of a third-place finish at Heps. The women’s indoor team made history when it captured the 2013 Indoor Heptagonal Championship, its first league title since 2000. Three members of the indoor squad earned All-America accolades in qualifying for the NCAA Indoor Championships, and two more student-athletes earned All-America honors at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Here is a look at the class of 2017:

Madeleine Ankhelyi, Cross Country, Folsom, Calif./Vista del Lago
Personal Bests:

1,600 – 4:57.19
3,200 – 10:26.95
5k (cross country) – 17:39.00
Footlocker Finalist

Footlocker Nationals finalist in 2012 for Team West … Top-ten finishes at California state cross country meet all four years … NXN All-American in 2011for team California … Placed sixth and ninth at California state meet in the 3,200 in 2013 and 2012, respectively … Four-year Sac All-City team … Four-time team MVP … Lettered all four years in both cross country and track and field … Graduated with school records in the 800, 1,600, 3,200m, 1,000 (indoor) and mile (indoor and outdoor)… Member of the National Honor Society … Team Captain for cross country and track … Girl Scouts Gold Award recipient

Haley Baker, Track & Field, Kensington, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy
Personal Bests:

100H – 14.55
Long Jump – 18’ 2”
High Jump – 5’ 4”
Pentathlon – 3,334

Two-time New England long jump champion (2012 and 2013) … New England 100 and 300 hurdle champion in 2013…Graduated as school record holder in 100 and 300 hurdles and long jump …… Placed seventh at New Balance indoor Nationals pentathlon…. Indoor and outdoor track and field captain for 2012-13 campaign … Undefeated individually and as a team during 2013 season, with team earning New England championship … Early inductee into the Exeter chapter of the Cum Laude society

Gianna Cacciatore, Cross Country, Whitman, Mass./Whitman-Hanson Regional
Personal Bests:
Mile - 5:14.30
5k (cross country) - 18:56

Varsity all four years in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track … Cross country MVP in 2010 and 2013 … League all-star 2010-12 … Boston Globe and Boston Herald all-scholastic for 4x800 … Cross country state champions in 2011…Patriot League champions from 2009-12 … Indoor 4x800 Division II champion in 2013 … Second in the state and fourth in New England 4x800 in 2013 … Member of the National Honors society and also served as secretary and president

Stephanie Deccy, Cross Country, Burlington, Conn./Lewis S. Mills
Personal Bests:

1,600 – 5:04.09
3,000 – 10:09.70
5k (cross country) – 18:36.98

Class M State champion in cross country for 2011 and 2012 … Class M State Champion in 3200m both indoor and outdoor for 2013 … All-state cross country in 2011 and 2012 and all-state for indoor and outdoor track in 2013 … Outdoor track Berkshire league champion in 3,200m in 2012 and 2013 and for 1,600 in 2013 … Member of the National Honor Society … Received President’s Volunteer Service Award for completing 100 hours of community service during her junior year

Sylvia Deppen, Track & Field, North Potomac, Md./Thomas Wootton
Personal Bests:

100 – 11.97
100H – 14.40
400H – 1:02.44

Indoor track team captain in 2012 and indoor and outdoor captain 2013 … Also played two years of varsity soccer … 2013 All-Gazette first team for indoor and outdoor track and field … Ranked first in 100 on 2013 Maryland girls outdoor leaderboard … High school team placed second in the state for outdoor track and field in 2013 … 2013 AP Scholar with distinction … French Honor Society from 2010-13
Sarah Gillespie, Cross Country, Manchester, Conn./Northwest Catholic
Personal Bests:

800 – 2:11.06
1,000 – 2:51.31
1,600 – 4:49.89
3,000 – 10:10.34

Two-time All-New England for track and field … Played volleyball and was all-conference, all-state and Team MVP in 2013 … 2012 captain of volleyball, indoor and outdoor track teams … Graduated with outdoor school records in 800, 1,600, mile, 4x800 and distance medley relay … Graduated holding indoor records for 800, 1,000, 1,500, 1,600, mile, 3,000, 3,200, distance medley relay, sprint medley relay, 4x800 and 4x400 … Also holds state indoor track records at 800 and 1,000 … Three-time all-conference and all-state outdoor track and field honoree … Class Valedictorian, Archdiocesan Suma scholar, National Merit Finalist and CIAC Scholar-Athlete Award winner … Helped at local soup kitchen from 2009-13

Rachel Hampton, Cross Country, Telluride, Colo./Telluride
Personal Bests:

3,200 – 11:13.00
5k (cross country) – 18:28.00

Colorado 2A Region Four Cross Country State Champion for 2011 and 2012 … Colorado 2A State Champion for 3200m …  First-team all-state cross country in 2009, 2011 and 2012 … San Juan Conference champion in the 1,600, 3,200 and 4x800 in 2011 … Track and field all-conference in 2010, 2011, and 2013 … San Juan Conference Athlete of the Year in track and field and cross country … Captain of school’s cross country team all four years … Captain of the track and field team sophomore through senior seasons … Graduated with Telluride’s school records for 1,600, 3,200 and 5,000 meters … CU-Boulder Outstanding Junior Award … AP Scholar with honors … RPI medal for math and science … Outstanding history, biology, math and chemistry awards … Finalist in NCTE writing competition

Caroline Marshall, Cross Country, Cazenovia, N.Y./Cazenovia
Personal Best:

1,500 – 4:46.10

Played field hockey, indoor track & field and lacrosse at Cazenovia before competing in outdoor track for the first time as a senior … Won her team’s most valuable distance runner award as a senior … Won the Coaches’ Award for indoor track in 2012 … US Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete award in spring of 2012 … First-team all-league in the 1,500 for indoor and outdoor track in 2012 … Won the U.S. Marine Corps scholastic excellence award in spring of 2012 … Member of the National Honor Society from 2010-12 … Completed gap year prior to Harvard as a field organizer for President Obama’s re-election campaign

Jade Miller, Track & Field, Temecula, Calif./Great Oak
Personal Bests:

100 – 12.16
200 – 24.71
400 – 55.71
100H – 14.16
300H – 41.02
400H – 57.21

U.S. representative for 2013 Pan-Am Junior Games in the 400 hurdles … Took second in the 400 hurdles at U.S. Junior Nationals, earning All-America accolades and posting second-fastest junior time in the world at 57.21 – the ninth-best mark in U.S. high school history…2013 CA State and Arcadia Champion in the 300 hurdles …Team captain as a senior … … Three-time high school team MVP … Riverside County Female Track Runner of the Year in 2011 … Two-time all-league honoree and two-time Mt. Sac 300 hurdles champion … Five-time league champion and Inland Empire 400 champion … National leader in 300 hurdles as a senior … Graduated with six school records … National Honor Society member from 2011-13 … Lettered in academics … Member of the drama leadership board, Habitat for Humanity, improve club and church’s dance and drama ministry

Jackie Modesett, Track & Field, Houston, Texas/St. John’s School
Personal Bests:

100H – 13.92w
300H – 43.11
400H – 1:00.37

Varsity track and field all four years and captain junior and senior years … Also played varsity field hockey in 2011 … Placed fifth in the 100 hurdles at the 2013 USA Junior Nationals, earning All-America accolades … Three-time SPC champion in 100 and 300 hurdles … SPC team champions 2010, 2012 and 2013 … Graduated with nine school records in 100 hurdles, 200, 300 hurdles, 400, heptathlon, shuttle hurdles, 4x200 relay, 4x400 relay, and sprint medley relay … New Balance Nationals All-American in 400 hurdles in 2010 … Scholastic Gold Key for poetry 2012 … Chinese language award 2012

Raegan Nizdil, Track & Field, Camarillo, Calif./Rio Mesa
Personal Bests:
High Jump – 5’ 8” 

Four-year member of the track and field team and also three-year member of the volleyball team … Voted track and field team MVP for three seasons … Captained track and field team in 2012 and 2013 and volleyball team in 2012 … Qualified for state meet and was named “Best Jumper” and league champion as a freshman … Finalist at the state meet and country/league champion as a sophomore … Masters Meet champion, county/league champion, Simplot champion and state meet finalist as a junior … Earned Rio Mesa Athlete of the Year accolades as a senior and was also a league champion and a state meet finalist … Undefeated in the high jump all four years of high school … Volleyball Coaches Award recipient and all-league first team honoree … Community service efforts include being a lifetime CSF member and recipient of Camarillo Noontime Optimist All-Around Award/ Scholarship … Enjoys skiing, reading a yoga … Father, Brad, competed in track and field at Oregon and mother, Kelly, competed at San Diego State

Nikki Okwelogu, Track & Field, Fresno, Calif./Clovis West
Personal Bests:

Shot Put – 48’ 10”
Discus – 168’ 4” 

Member of the Nigerian world track team  … Helped team to TRAC league championship and central section championship as a freshman, taking second in shot put and third in discuss in league championships … Helped team repeat as TRAC and central section champions as a sophomore and saw team take third at Nike National Team Championships … Won the discus and placed second in shot put in league championship meet as a sophomore … Finished first at the TRAC league championship and at the Northern Area Qualifier in both discuss and shot put as a junior and senior … Also placed first in both shot put and discus at the Central section championships as a senior … Ranked second in the U.S. in discus and fifth in the shot put as a senior … Also played basketball for Clovis West … Member of Clovis West math team, science fair and National Honor Society

Nikita Shah, Cross Country, Wesley Chapel, Fla./Wiregrass Ranch
Personal Bests:

1,600 – 5:03.00
3,200 – 10:42.60

5k (cross country) – 17:48.50

State qualifier in cross country and track and field all four years … District champion and Sunshine Conference champion in the 1,600 and 3,200 … Also has conference, district and regional cross country championships to her credit … Four-time cross country team MVP … Graduated with the Wiregrass school records for 5k, 3,200 and 1,600 … Four year honor roll recipient … 2012 Sunshine Mathematics and Science Scholar … Valedictorian for the class of 2013

Madeline Zimmerman, Track & Field, Briarcliff Manor, N.Y./Briarcliff
Lettered all four years of outdoor track and field, three years of indoor track and field and three years of varsity cheerleading … Captain of indoor and outdoor track and field teams junior and senior seasons … Triple jump county champion … Four-time all-county and two-time all section in the triple jump … Placed fifth in New York state championships meet for triple jump in 2012 … AP Scholar with distinction … National merit commended scholar … National Honor Society member … New York state math honor society member