PRINCETON, N.J. (8/3/12) - Princeton men's track & field coach Fred Samara is proud to announce the incoming Class of 2016."We very pleased with the strength of this class," Samara said. "These athletes will add greatly to the already talented returning squad as we embark on the quest for our third straight triple crown."
DISTANCE & MIDDLE DISTANCE
Sam Berger from Zionsville Community High School in Indiana, is a highly decorated distance runner. He comes to Princeton having run 4:11.25 in the 1600, and qualifying for the Foot Locker Nationals in cross country. In the fall of his senior year, Berger finished 10th at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional to advance to the national finals. At the national meet he finished 29th with a time of 15:57. Berger then went on to finish fourth in the state of Indiana in the 1600 during the outdoor track season. Demonstrating good range, Berger has also run 50.8 in 400 and 1:54.50 in the 800.
Another Indiana native is Luke Brahm from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis. In 2010 Brahm was part of the state championship 4x800 meter relay team. Over the next two years he continued to improve, running 1:53.81 in the 800 as a junior and 4:16.98 in the 1600. As a senior, Brahm lowered his personal best in cross country to 15:17 before an illness and injury cut short his season.
Jamie Fehrnstrom out of Miramonte High School in Orinda, Calif., is the Tri-Valley Champion in the 800. In addition, he placed fifth at the North Coast Section Meet of Champions in the 1600. Fehrnstrom comes to Princeton with personal best times of 1:55.91 and 4:15.65, in those events respectively.
A strong cross country runner, Brett Kelly from Boyertown High School in Gilbertsville, Pa., finished third in the state meet. A two-time conference champion in cross country, Kelly won the meet in both his junior and a senior years. He also placed 15th at the highly competitive Northeast regional cross country championships.
A speedy middle distance runner with developing distance skills, Brian Poirier joins the Tigers from Northwest Catholic in Windsor, Conn. Poirier has run 50.2 in the 400, 1:53.41 for 800 and 4:17.68 in the 1600. The 2011 state indoor runner up for 800, Poirier also finished second in the 800 at the outdoor New England championships.
Everett Price out of New Providence High School in New Jersey won the New Balance Emerging Elite Indoor Championships in the 800 at 1:54.13. Price went on to compete at the prestigious Millrose Mile. His time of 4:17.38 at that indoor meet placed him fourth overall. Price will enroll at Princeton with a PR of 4:14.96 in the 160.
Another solid cross country runner with strong middle distance credentials is David Pugliese from Xavier High School in Middletown, Conn. Pugliese has run 15:57 in cross country, 1:54.66 in the 800 and 2:31.86 in the 1000. Some of Pugliese's top finishes include a seventh-place showing at the Connecticut state cross country open and a fifth-place finish in the 800 at the New England championships.
Michael Sublette from Columbia North High School in Columbia, Ind., is the third member of the Tigers 2016 class of distance runners to hail from Indiana. Sublette finished fifth at the Indiana state cross country championships. He then went on to finish 20th at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional. As a junior he finished 20th at the Nike Team Nationals in cross country. Sublette has PRs of 4:18 in the 1600 meter, 9:11 in the 3200 and 15:18 in 5k/cross country.
SPRINTS & HURDLES
West Windsor-Plainsboro product, Greg Caldwell specializes in the hurdles. The 2011 New Balance National Emerging Elite 110 hurdles champion, Caldwell comes to Princeton with a PR of 14.20 in the high hurdles. As a senior, Caldwell ran 7.36 in the 55 hurdles during the indoor season. He finished fourth at the indoor meet of champions in that same event. In the flat races, Caldwell has run 22.9 in the 200.
A graduate of Phillips Exeter, Jabari Johnson is the 2011 New England Prep School Track Association (NEPSTA) Division I champion in the 400. Jabari has run 49.28 in the 400, 22.6 in the 200 and 11.1 in the 100. He has also finished second in the NEPSTA triple jump with a mark of 13.18 meters (43-3).
A dual-sport athlete Travis McHugh will also play on the Princeton football team. A product of Bellarmine College Prep in Woodside, Calif., McHugh boasts personal bests of 22.5 in the 200 and 48.7 in the 400.
The 2012 Connecticut Boys Gatorade Track & Field Athlete of the Year is Jake Scinto of Cheshire Academy. One of the premiere jumpers to hail from the state of Connecticut, Scinto has been a state champion in the high jump, long jump and triple jump. At this year's New England Championships, Scinto took home titles in the long jump and high jump, and finished on the podium with a third-place finish in the triple jump. Scinto's personal bests are 12.11 (6-11) in the high jump, 7.14 (23-5) in the long jump, 14.55 (47-9) in the triple jump and 10.7 in the 100.
A tremendous all-around athlete, Bryan Oslin from Montgomery Bell in Franklin, Tenn., tackles the multi-events. Oslin finished fourth at the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association state meet in the decathlon. His personal best of 6,392 points in decathlon includes marks of 4.27 (14-0) in the pole vault, 11.31 in the 100 and 13.03 (42-9) in the shot put.