HANOVER, N.H. – The Marjorie and Herbert Chase '30 Head Coach of Men's Cross Country and Track and Field Barry Harwick ’77 has announced the group of 19 incoming student-athletes who will make up the Dartmouth cross country and track & field Class of 2018.
A diverse collection of athletes, the 19 individuals represent 10 different states and two countries.
Some of the highlights of the incoming freshman class are as follows:
The Big Green were able to bring in two individual champions from the New England Championship — one of the biggest high school meets in this part of the country— who the coaches believe should each have an immediate impact at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship. Adam Couitt won the title in the high jump by clearing 6-9.00, just shy of his lifetime PR of 6-10.00. Not just a high jumper, Couitt also has good speed with a time of 10.94 in the 100m. The other champion coming to Hanover this fall is Ben Colello, one of the most versatile runners at the meet. He won the New England title in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.29. Earlier in the season, Colello won the 400m hurdles at the Massachusetts State Championship and has PR in the event of 53.65. He is also a valuable relay runner, leading his team to a state title in the 4x400m.
The top incoming thrower is already used to competing on the national stage. Colin Minor was the runner-up in the hammer throw at the New Balance National Meet where he had a distance of 232-10.00. He went on to the USATF Junior Nationals where he finished third in a field of the best throwers in the country, most of whom were college freshmen this past season. On the shot put side, the team will see the addition of Spencer Ross. Spencer crashed through the impressive 60-foot barrier this past spring as he turned in a personal-best throw of 60-5.50.
A trio from the Golden State will also be making their Dartmouth debuts in 2014-15 as California turned out to be a fertile recruiting area for Harwick’s staff. Zack Plante turned in strong sprint times in both the 200m and 400m. He set PRs in both events this season, running a 22.35 and 48.88, respectively, at the two distances. Additionally, two of the best milers from the nation’s most populated state are also heading to Dartmouth. Miles Irish was fifth in the CIF finals in the 1600m with a strong 4:11.12. Irish also had impressive early season 3200m time of 9:10. John McAndrews ran in many of the same races as Irish and has a nearly identical PR of 4:12.36 in the mile.
The successes of the men’s distance runners in Hanover last season helped land one of the top high school runners in the country as Pat Gregory will also join the Big Green this season. Gregory won the Kentucky State Championship during cross country season, but still managed to have an even more impressive track season. At the Festival of Miles in St. Louis, he kicked home to a 4:07 for a full mile. At the New Balance Nationals, Gregory won the seeded heat off a slow early pace, but had a final placing of third after the unseeded heat ran more aggressively. The coaching staff believes that Gregory has the potential to break the four-minute mile mark in his time at Dartmouth.
A complete listing of the entire recruiting class with each individual’s event listed is as follows:
|Amos Cariati||Providence, R.I. (Moses Brown)||Sprints|
|Ben Colello||Sudbury, Mass. (Lincoln-Sudbury)||Sprints/Hurdles|
|Adam Couitt||Berkely, Mass. (Somerset Berkely)||Jumps|
|Nick Creasman||Chandler, Ariz. (Corona del Sol)||Mid-Dist.|
|Kyle Dotterrer||Traverse City, Mich. (Traverse City Cent)||XC-Dist.|
|Pat Gregory||Louisville, Ky. (Buter Traditional HS)||XC-Dist|
|Miles Irish||Palos Verdes Estates, Calif.||XC-Dist.|
|Josh Kerber||Sudbury, Mass. (Lincoln-Sudbury)||XC-Mid Dist.|
|Josh Kotran||New York, N.Y. (Packer Collegiate)||Mid-Dist.|
|Mike Maguire||Madison, N.J. (Delbarton School)||XC-Dist.|
Johannesburg, South Africa
|John McAndrews||San Marino, Calif. (Loyola)||XC-Dist.|
|Colin Minor||Southport, N.C. (South Brunswick)||Throws|
|Zach Plante||Menlo Park, Calif. (Menlo-Atherton)||Sprints|
|Tom Reilly||Warwick, N.Y. (Warwick Valley)||Sprints|
|Spencer Ross||Mahwah, N.J. (Mahwah)||Throws|
|Michael Schlichting||Newton, Mass. (Newton North)||XC-Dist.|