Penn State happy with recruiting class

UNIVERSITY PARK – The Penn State track and field/cross country team has announced its final lineup of recruits to join the Nittany Lions for the 2014 fall semester.

With the addition of 23 more newcomers to the program, there will be 36 new Nittany Lions starting in the fall.

“Our incoming class of student-athlete’s embodies what we want for our cross country/track and field program here at Penn State, high-quality athletes that will help us win championships along with outstanding students who will continue the strong tradition of academic excellence within Penn State Athletics” said interim coach John Gondak.

Some of the recruits’ highlights include Tessa Barrett (Waverly, Pa.) setting the high school national record while winning the 5000m at the High School Indoor National Championships, Anthony Russell ( West Chester, Pa.) running 8:58 for 3200m while also anchoring his team to the Distance Medley Championship at The Penn Relays, Quenee Dale (Saline, Mich.) placing second at the High School Indoor National Championships in the 60m hurdles and Elizabeth Chikotas (Hellertown, Pa.) following up her state cross country championship with a 3200m state title on the track.

“With a total of 36 new athletes joining the program in the fall, Penn State cross country/track and field is continuing its commitment of being a broad-based program covering all of the events” said Gondak. “With the newcomers arrival in Happy Valley in the fall, combined with an already extremely talented roster for both our men’s and women’s team, our program is in position to attain one of our goals – winning both the men’s and women’s Big Ten championships.”