Aug. 19, 2010
MILWAUKEE - The Marquette University men's and women's track and field programs have announced the addition of 15 student-athletes for 2010-11. All 15 will have four years of eligibility remaining when they arrive on campus to begin the 2010-11 school year.
||Iowa City, Iowa
||Iowa City Regina H.S.
||Notre Dame Academy
||Downers Grove, Ill.
||Downers Grove South H.S.
||St. Charles, Ill.
||St. Charles East H.S.
||Naperville North H.S.
|J. Oliver Haugland
||Lakes Community H.S.
ABBY CROFT | POLE VAULT | RICHFIELD, WIS. | GERMANTOWN H.S.
Croft comes to Marquette from Germantown high school where she earned four varsity letters in track and field and three in gymnastics. She has broken the school record in the pole vault each year at Germantown, and was named the school's most valuable vaulter for the last three seasons. At the division I sectional at Homestead High School on May 27, Croft set her personal-best height of 11 feet, 3 inches, the fifth-best height recorded during 2010 in Wisconsin. Helped Germantown to the 2009 North Shore Conference Championship and set the conference's pole vault record as a senior in 2010.
Head Coach Bert Rogers on Croft: "Abby had a lot natural talent, and will be a good addition to our vault squad. She has really come along nicely her senior year, and has continued to jump well at meets this summer. I see her as a solid training partner for Lauren Darnall and she should have a good chance to break Carrie Schmid’s freshman records."
KRISTEN GAFFEY | THROWS | IOWA CITY, IOWA | IOWA CITY REGINA H.S.
Gaffey earned four letters in track and field at Iowa City Regina High School and was a three-year captain. She finished third in the shot put at the 2010 Iowa 2A outdoor state meet with a toss of 38 feet, 7 1/2 inches and placed second in the discus. She also competed at the Iowa indoor Championships and earned fourth place in the shot put. Gaffey competed in 2009 and 2010 at the prestigious Drake Relays in the shot put and discus. In 2010, she earned runner-up honors in the discus and third place in the shot put. As a senior earned seventh place in the discus and eighth in the shot put at the national meet. In 2009, she was the runner-up at the state meet in the shot put and was a state qualifier every year of her high school career. While at Regina, the National Honor Society member recorded personal-best marks of 43' 9" in the shot put and 135' 10" in the discus.
Associate head cocah Mike Koenning on Gaffey: "Kristen is going to be a great fit for our throws group. She's been well coached in high school and has been successful in each of her Drake Relays, state championship and national championship meets this season. She's shown great improvements during her senior season and remarkable consistency. Her strong work ethic will be a huge asset to the group and allow her to develop as a collegiate thrower."
CHEYENNE GRAY | SPRINTS/HURDLES | MONDOVI, WIS. | GILMANTON H.S.
Gray earned four letters in track and field during her prep career, competing with Independence High School. During the 2009 season, Gray captured the state championship in the 100-meter hurdles and finished second at the 2010 state meet in 15.64 seconds. At the 2009 state meet also helped her 4x400-meter relay team to a fourth-place finish and helped her team place third overall. Holds a personal-best time of 15.49 seconds in the 100 hurdles and a time of 4:07.07 in the 4x400-meter relay. Also earned four letters each in volleyball and basketball and was a three-time all conference performer in both.
Rogers on Gray: "I think Cheyenne is a real untapped talent. She wore a lot of hats during high school, qualifying for the state meet in the 100 hurdles (second place), High Jump and the 4x200 and 4x400 relays. I think being able to really focus and train for the hurdles is going to make a big difference for her."
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CASHAY HARRIS | SPRINTS/JUMPS | MILWAUKEE | CUSTER H.S.
Harris earned four letters in track and field at Milwaukee's Custer High School, while serving as team captain her junior and senior years. During her high school career, Harris was named track and field's most improved athlete in 2007 and was selected as the squad's most valuable performer during her sophomore, junior and senior seasons. As a senior she finished sixth at the state meet in the 100-meter dash. Harris also competed in basketball at Custer, earning team MVP honors as a senior.
Rogers on Harris: "Cashay is someone who flew under the radar this year. There were a couple local superstar sprinters who garnered most of the headlines this year, but Cashay was always right there with them. She is really going to help the team in the sprints and the long jump. I see her as a big part of the resurgent MU women’s sprint group."
KATHERINE HEIN | JUMPS/SPRINTS | DePERE, WIS. | NOTRE DAME ACADEMY
Hein earned four letters in track and field at Notre Dame Academy and was named to the all-conference team in the triple jump, long jump, 400-meter dash and the 4x400-meter relay as a junior in 2009. She helped the Tritons to their first division II state championship in girls track and field in 2010 and individually placed second in the 400 and fifth in the triple jump. She also helped the team to a regional and Fox River Classic Conference Championship in 2009. Holds personal records of 57.09 seconds in the 400 and 36 feet, 3 inches in the triple jump. Hein was also a member of the varsity dance time during her time at Notre Dame.
Rogers on Hein: "Kate really came on strong this year as a senior. Her state meet was awesome, she set personal records in the 400m in both the prelim and the final and fell just inches shy of being the state champion. She is going to be a big part of our sprint group and I see her contributing on our relays and in individual events as a freshman."
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GRACE MAGLIOLA | DISTANCE | DOWNERS GROVE, ILL. | DOWNERS GROVE SOUTH H.S.
Magliola was a four-year letter winner in both cross country and track and field at Downer's Grove South H.S. and was named the most valuable athlete twice on her cross country team and once in track and field. During her senior season she served as co-capatin of both squads and helped the teams to conference championships in each of her four seasons with cross country and track and field. As a senior, she helped her 4x400-meter relay squad to a third-place finish at the Illinois State Track meet with a time of 3:52.29. Magliola holds personal-best times of 1:43.5 in the indoor 600-meter run and 11:25 in the indoor 3,200-meter run, both of which are also school records. She was also honored as South's Wendy's High School Heisman award winner.
Assistant coach Mike Nelson on Magliola: "Grace is a talented athlete who will be able to help us in several events in the heavily middle distance oriented Big East Conference."
REBECCA PACHUTA | DISTANCE | EAGAN, MINN. | EASTVIEW H.S.
Pachuta earned four letters in both cross country and track and field at Eastview High School. As a co-captain in both sports during her senior year, she was an all-conference performer and was named Eastview's top scholar-athlete for the class of 2010. Rachuta led the Lightning to a regional runner-up finish in 2008 in addition to winning conference and regional championships in 2008 and 2010.
Nelson on Pachuta: "Rebecca comes from a family of talented middle distance runners. With increased training and experience, I think Rebecca will truly be an asset for our program in the future.
HOLLY ROBERTSON | DISTANCE | ST. CHARLES, ILL. | ST. CHARLES EAST H.S.
Robertson was a four-year letter winner in cross country and track and field at St. Charles East High School. As a co-captain in both sports during her senior year, Robertson helped the Fighting Saints to conference championships in cross country in addition to indoor and outdoor track. She also helped the cross country squad to a third-place finish at the state meet in 2008. As a junior and senior, Robertson was named all-conference in both cross country and track, while being named academic all-conference each year in high school.
Nelson on Robertson: "Holly comes from an outstanding high school program. With her experience and training background, she is poised to have a great career at Marquette."
CARLYE SCHUH | SPRINTS/JUMPS | APPLETON, WIS. | XAVIER H.S.
Schuh was a four-year letter winner in track and field at Xavier High School, where she qualified for the state meet each season during her career. As a Hawk, Schuh was honored by being named the most valuable performer in the sprints from her freshman through junior campaign and the field events during her sophomore and junior seasons. She was also named all-area and the Eastern Valley Conference Female Runner of the Year in 2009. In 2010, Schuh and her teammates in the 4x100-meter relay broke their own conference record with a top time of 51.92 seconds. Through the course of her time at Xavier she has qualified for the state meet in the 100 and 400 meters, long jump, 4x100 and 4x400 and recorded a best finish as the state runner-up in the long jump (18 feet, 4 inches) in 2009. Schuh also earned three letters in volleyball and one in basketball.
Rogers on Schuh: "Carlye missed most of her senior year with a hamstring pull, but still made it to state with her 4x100 team. I see her contributing right away in the relays and long jump."
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ZACK GRESE | DISTANCE | INDIANAPOLIS, IND. | LAWRENCE NORTH H.S.
Grese was a three-year letter winner in cross country, in addition to winning two letters in track and field at Lawrence North High School. With the Wildcats, Grese was a cross country team co-captain as a senior after earning most improved honors as a sophomore. Grese, who won the Lawrence Township Athlete of Character award in 2009, holds personal-best times of 4:22 in the 1,600-meter run and 9:36 in the 3,200.
Nelson on Grese: "Zack is a talented athlete from the Indianapolis area. Unfortunately, Zack had some illness and injury issues that held him back from running great times during his senior year. Now that he is healthy and training well, he will be a tremendous asset to the distance squad."
BOB GUTHRIE | DISTANCE | NAPERVILLE, ILL. | NAPERVILLE NORTH H.S.
Guthrie earned three letters each in cross country and track and field at Naperville North High School where he was selected team co-captain in both during his senior year. He helped the cross country team to its first ever IHSA AAA Cross Country Championship in 2008, in addition to a fifth-place finish in 2007 and a seventh-place finish in 2009. The Huskies also captured regional and sectional crowns in cross country during his sophomore and junior seasons. With the Naperville Cross Country Club, placed third at the Nike Cross Country Nationals in 2008 after placing second at the Midwest Regional. Individually in 2009, Guthrie placed 20th overall at the Nike Midwest Regional and 19th at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional meet. Guthrie holds a cross country personal best of 15:43 in a 5K meet. During the spring of his senior year, he ran a personal-best tim of 9:16.81 in the 3,200-meter run. For his work in the classroom, he was named to the cross country academic all-conference team the past three years.
Nelson on Guthrie: "Bob has worked his way into being one of the top high school distance runners in the state of Illinois. He was on a state champion cross-country squad and looks to bring his winning ways to Marquette."
OLIVER HAUGLAND | DISTANCE | PLYMOUTH, MINN. | WAYZATA H.S.
Haugland earned four letters in both cross country and track and field at Wayzata High School, while serving as captain of the cross country and track and field squads during his senior year. In cross country, Haugland was an all-state selection as a senior, an all-section pick as a junior and senior and an all-conference performer over the past three seasons. He helped the Trojans to a team state championship in 2007 and 2008 and a runner-up finish in 2009. Also competed in the Nike Cross Country Nationals from 2007-09 and recorded a best finish of 16th in 2009. In the classroom, Haugland was an academic all-state selection in both cross country and track and field during his junior and senior seasons.
Nelson on Haugland: "Oliver also comes from an extremely successful high school program in Minnesota. He had limited training because of injury during his senior year, but he still managed to be one of the top distance runners in the state."
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MARCELL KIRKMANBEY | HURDLES | LINDENHURST, ILL. | LAKES COMMUNITY H.S.
KirkmanBey was a four-year letter winner in track and field at Lakes Community High School. He was a two-time conference champion in the 110-meter high hurdles in addition to earning a sectional championship in the event. KirkmanBey was a USATF national qualifier four times in the 110 hurdles and a three-time national qualifier in the high jump. During his time at Lakes Community, he helped the track squad to four division titles and is the school record holder in both the 110 hurdles and the high jump. In addition to track, KirkmanBey earned three letters in basketball and one each in cross country and football.
Rogers on KirkmanBey: "Marcell is a tremendous talent who will make an immediate impact in the hurdles. He is someone who will really benefit from our fall training. In high school he would come right from basketball to track and I think the more event specific work he can do in the fall will really pay off during the season."
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AVERY STERNGLASS | MIDDLE DISTANCE | BROOKLYN, N.Y. | XAVIER H.S.
Sternglass earned three letters in both cross country and track and field during his time at Xavier High School, while serving as team captain for both as a senior. During his junior and senior years, Sternglass earned most valuable performer honors in outdoor track, while also earning MVP honors in cross country as a senior. He notched a school-record time of 2:33.47 in the 1,000-meter run at Xavier and holds school-record relay splits of 49.2 seconds (400 meters) and 1:56.2 (800 meters).
Nelson on Sternglass: "Avery is a middle distance runner from Brooklyn, New York. He can help us in several events including the 500, 800, 1,000, and relays."
ZACK YOUNG | DISTANCE | BATAVIA, ILL. | MARMION ACADEMY
Young earned four letters in cross country and one in track and field at Marmion Academy and served as team captain for both during the 2009-10 school year. With the Cadets' cross country program, Young was a four-time all-conference member, helping the squad to four-straight conference titles, and was named as the league's most valuable runner in 2009. In addition to being selected as the conference's top runner in 2009, he was named to the all-state team and honored as the Beacon News' Runner of the Year. In his only year on the track, Young was named the conference's top performer and helped his squad to a league title, in addition to qualifying for the state meet in the 4x800-meter relay and the mile.
Nelson on Young: "Zack is a talented runner with very limited experience. He only ran track one year in high school and in that one year, he earned all-state honors in Illinois. We are really looking forward to watching his progress and development."
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