Women's Track and Field Introduces 26 Newcomers
ITHACA, N.Y. – Artie Smith '96, the Alan B. '53 and Elizabeth Heekin Harris Head Coach of Women's Track and Field and Cross Country, has announced the 26 newcomers for the program's 2018-19 season. "Our staff has worked hard to find a terrific group of young women who cover all of the event areas," Smith said. "State medalists and national caliber performers across all of the disciplines provide the kind of breadth that will help us continue our march to the top rung of the Heps and continue to make an impression on the NCAA level. We can't wait for them to join our outstanding group of returners." Hailing from 13 states as well as Lithuania, Jamaica, and Canada, Smith added the newcomers are poised to make a big impact on the program.
Class of 2022
Amy Alagor Bronx, N.Y. / Christopher Columbus Camp / College Agriculture and Life Sciences Alagor was the New York State champion in the shot put in 2018 as well as the PSAL City Champion in the indoor weight throw, indoor shot put, and outdoor shot put. Her personal bests are 41-1 1/2 in the shot put, 123-9 in the discus and 48-3 in the weight throw. Monique Anderson Bloomfield, Conn. / Bloomfield HS / College of Arts and Sciences A standout in the high jump, Anderson has repeatedly jumped a personal best of 5-7. As the third-best high jumper in Connecticut, she helped her team to several championship seasons as well as posting a strong individual presence at New Balance Nationals. Angelica Arroyo Nesconset, N.Y. / Smithtown West HS/ College of Arts and Sciences A several-time All Long Island Track and Field Team athlete, Arroyoy has long jumped as far as 18'8.5" for a school record-breaking mark. To further show of her athleticism, she has been a strong contributor on sprint relay teams as well as being a multi-sport athlete by playing volleyball for Smithtown West HS. Elise Burdette Bellevue, Wash. / Issaquah HS / College of Engineering An outstanding sprinter, Burdette had a fantastic senior season. She led her team to the KingCo championship winning three events (200, 400, 4X400). At the 4A state meet, she anchored her team to a 4X400 win, splitting 55.94 and finishing second at 400 meters in a personal best 56.15. Her Issaquah HS team finished second at the championship. Leone Farquharson Kingston, Jamaica / Campion HS / College of Arts and Sciences Farquharson is an incredible triple jumper with her most impressive jump as far as 40-4 1/2. Her final high school season ended with an outstanding victory in the triple jump at the Carifta Games. In addition, she has long jumped 18-4 1/2 and high jumped 5-5. Kayleigh Furth Andover, N.J. / Newton HS / College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Furth had an amazing senior season at Newton HS, winning both the state section and Group 2 400 meters, recording a best of 55.89. She finished fifth at the Meet of Champs for Newton HS and is an accomplished relay runner. Allyson Gaedje Stony Brook, N.Y. / Ward Melville HS / College of Agriculture and Life Sciences One of the top middle distance runners in New York state, Gaedje has split 2:09 for 800 meters and has an open best of 2:12.81. She also has run 57.95 for 400 meters. Gabriela Garza Brownsville, Texas / IMG Academy / School of Hotel Administration A former Texas HS state runner-up in the hurdles, Garza spent her senior year at IMG Academy. There, she had an outstanding season running personal bests and setting school records at 60 hurdles (8.90), 100 hurdles (13.97) and 300 hurdles (43.57). Rachel Green Fairfax, Va. / Oakton HS / College of Arts and Sciences Green had a terrific senior year at Oakton HS, improving across the board and concluding her career with a fourth-place finish at the Virginia state meet in the 1600 and with personal bests of 2:16.04 for 800 and 5:01.28 for 1600. Julia Hans Belle Meade, N.J. / Montgomery HS / College of Human Ecology A top distance talent from New Jersey, Hans has a PR of 11:08.55 for 3200 meters and was one of her area's best in cross country. Rebecca Hasser Los Altos, Calif. / Homestead HS / College of Engineering Hasser had big breakthroughs as a senior at Homestead HS, improving to 4:59.21 for 1600 and 10:48.35 for 3200. She also advanced to the highly competitive California state cross country meet. Tara Higgins Media, Pa. / Penncrest HS / College of Human Ecology A talented multi-event athlete, Higgins finished fifth at the Pennsylvania State Championships in the javelin and seventh at the PTFCA Indoor State Championships in the 400m with a PR time of 57.83. Higgins boasts personal bests of 137-1 in the javelin, 17-7 in the long jump, 5-2 in the high jump and 2:15.74 in the 800m. Erin Hudson Conway, Mass. / Deerfield Academy / College of Engineering One of the top middle distance runners to come out of Deerfield and a relative newcomer to full-time running, Hudson has personal bests of 4:41 for 1500 meters and 10:24 for 3000 meters. Lucy Hurt Port Washington, N.Y. / Paul Schreiber HS / College of Engineering One of New York's best in the 2K steeplechase with a PR of 7:12.35, Hurt has great range, boasting a best of 2:15 for 800 meters while also qualifying for the state meet in cross country. Beatrice Juskeviciute Kaunas, Lithuania / IMG Academy / College of Arts and Sciences A true multi-event athlete, Juskeviciute won the heptathlon at The New Balance National High School Championships by a margin of more than 200 points. She posted a personal best in the event with 5,251 points. As a true multi-event athlete, she has shown impressive marks in the sprints, jumps, throws and middle distance events. Miya Kuramoto Lansing, N.Y. / Lansing HS / College of Arts and Sciences Kuramoto will be a pole vault specialist for the Big Red with a high school personal best of 12-9. She placed as high as third at the New York State championships. She was also a multi-sport athlete in high school as a soccer player. Samantha Law Great Neck, N.Y. / Great Neck HS / College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Law emerged as one of the most versatile middle distance/distance runners in New York state, with personal bests of 2:14.00 for 800 meters, 4:38.59 for 1500 meters, and 9:55.73 for 3000 meters. The Section 8 champion at 3000 meters and county champion at 1500 meters, Law was 12th at the NY state cross country meet. Isabel Meyers Seattle, Wash. / The Northwest School / College of Arts and Sciences Twice the bronze medalist at the Washington state cross country meet, Meyers was also a force across the board on track with personal bests of 2:15.04 for 800 meters, 5:01.70 for 1600 meters, and 11:04.53 for 3200 meters. Natalie Morris Hamilton, Va. / Loudoun Valley HS / College of Engineering The Virginia 4A state champion in cross country and in the 3200 meters on the track, Morris was one of the top runners in the Southeast, claiming a top-10 finish at the Nike Southeast Regional cross country championships. She has PRs of 5:01.99 for 1600 meters and 10:53.84 for 3200 meters. Brooke Olson Mendham, N.J. / Randolph HS / College of Arts and Sciences With personal bests of 5:02.66 for 1600 meters and 10:57.66 for 3200 meters, Olson has been among the best in New Jersey on the track for several years and was the sectional runner-up in cross country as a senior. Brooke Overholt St. Mary's, Ontario / St. Michael Catholic Secondary / College of Human Ecology Overholt won multiple Ontario championships representing London Legion and was a double scorer in the Canadian Juniors at 100 and 400 hurdles. She enters Cornell with bests of 8.81 (60 hurdles), 13.77 (100 hurdles), 61.38 (400 hurdles) and 56.13 (400). Faith Polando Barrington, R.I. / Barrington HS / College of Agriculture and Life Sciences A hammer specialist with a personal best of 167-5, Polando was runner-up at the Rhode Island Class A Championships and finished sixth at the New Balance National Championships. She comes to Cornell ranked sixth in the country among hammer throwers in her class. Martha Sam Silver Spring, Md. / Blake HS (Ohio State) / College of Agriculture and Life Sciences A transfer from Ohio State who competed for Cornell last spring, Sam has already made a big mark on the Big Red's relay teams. She had an outstanding career at Blake HS running 11.79 – 100 meters, 24.35 – 200 meters and 54.14 for 400 meters. At Ohio State, she recorded at PR 24.14 and finished 10th at the Big Ten Conference running 54.44 at 400 meters. Maria Siciliano West Lafayette, Ind. / West Lafayette HS / College of Arts and Sciences Siciliano has fought relentlessly to claim a top spot on the Indiana pole vault leaderboards, finishing third in the state meet as a senior. She has continually progressed throughout her high school career, wrapping up with a personal best vault of 12 feet. Nadia Stratton Tampa, Fla. / H.B. Plant HS (American) / College of Agriculture and Life Sciences A transfer from American, Stratton ran 5:10.38 for 1600 meters and 10:59.58 for 3200 meters as one of the top preps in Florida. While at American, she earned a top-20 finish at the Patriot League cross country championships and has a 6K cross country PR of 21:45. Kate Zitzmann Barrington, R.I. / Barrington HS / College of Arts and Sciences One of the top middle distance runners in New England, Zitzmann was the Rhode Island state runner-up in the 1500 meters and placed fourth in the 800. She's run 2:17.70 for 800 and 4:40.31 for 1500 meters.
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