18 women and 10 men join Leopard ranks.
June 27, 2000
EASTON, Pa. - Lafayette Track and Field Head Coach Julio Piazza and his staff have recruited 28 freshmen to the Lafayette campus as part of the College's class of 2004.
Eighteen of the 28 recruits came on the women's side. Piazza added three top sprinters in Natalie Bosserman (Arden, N.C./T.C. Roberson) and Lehigh Valley products Catherine Lewis (Nazareth, Pa./Nazareth) and Elizabeth Hallowell (Ottsville, Pa./Palisades). Bosserman is a three-time state qualifier in North Carolina in the 200 meters. Lewis was the District XI runner-up in the 100 meters and was also a Pennsylvania state meet qualifier as was Hallowell who was a District XI champion in the 4x400 meter relay before taking seventh place at the state championships.
The Leopard women will be much deeper in the jumping events thanks to Elisabeth Edwards (Belle Mead, N.J./Montgomery), Olivia Tusinski (Bernardston, Mass./Pioneer Valley) and Jennifer White (Manalapan, N.J./Manalapan). Edwards and Tusinski each took fourth place in the pole vault in their respective state meets, while White captured a third place in the high jump at the 2000 New Jersey Indoor Meet of Champions.
Lois Malenchek (Somerville, N.J./Hillsborough) and Jill Schane (Cumbola, Pa./Nativity B.V.M.) will join multiple Patriot League champion Rhonda Snyder in the throwing ranks. Malenchek is coming off a third place performance in the discus at the 2000 Group IV Championships. Schane was the District XI champion in the javelin and finished ninth at the Pennsylvania state championships.
Anna Sherman (Fairfield, N.J./West Essex) highlights three freshman slated to compete in the middle distance events for the Leopards. Sherman won the 800 meters at the 2000 New Jersey Meet of Champions.
The Lafayette men also added three middle distance runners who are expected to make an immediate impact. Reggie Clay (Columbus, Ga./Columbus) was the Georgia 3A state champ in the 800, while Brett Harvey (Lutherville Timoni, Md./Dulaney) took fifth in the same event at the Maryland 5A State Championships. Carlos Garcia's (Jackson, Fla./Bishop Kenny) specialty was the 1600 meters at the Florida 3A state championships, where he finished fourth.
Machel Morrison (Kingston, Jamaica/Campion College) and Chris Nixon (Perrineville, N.J./Peddie School) are expected to compete in the sprinting events. Morrison comes to Lafayette from Jamaica where he finished seventh in the 100 meters and fifth in the 200 meters at the Jamaican High School Championships. Nixon hails from New Jersey where he claimed third place in the 100 meters at the 2000 Pa.-N.J. Private School Championships.
On the other end of the event spectrum is Miguel Rodriguez (Bronx, N.Y./Mount St. Michael's) who joins the team as a distance runner. Coming out of high school, Rodriguez is regarded as one of the top steeplechase runners in the state of New York. Kris Carey (Montclair, N.J./Montclair) will join the Leopards as a hurdler, following a fifth-place finish at the 2000 New Jersey Indoor Meet of Champions.
The cross country season is the first action for members of the Lafayette track and field and cross country teams. The Leopards open the season on Sept. 9 when they host the Lafayette Invitational beginning at 10 a.m. at the Metzgar Fields course in Forks Township, Pa.
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