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Women's Track & Field/Cross Country Announces Class of 2017

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 08/05/2013
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Hailing from Toronto, Allison Harris specializes in the pole vault and high hurdles.
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PRINCETON, N.J. (9/5/13) – Head Princeton women's track & field and cross country coach Peter Farrell is pleased to announce his incoming class of 16 members that will make up the Class of 2017.

“We are excited about the addition of these phenomenal student-athletes that make up the Class of 2017,” head coach Peter Farrell said. “This Class addresses our middle distance and cross country aspects, which is a perfect complement to last year’s Class that was strong in sprints and field events. It’s a diverse group that represents 10 states and includes three international student-athletes. We’re looking forward to getting started this fall and hope to have another terrific year.”

Ariel Becker (Arroyo Grande, Calif./San Luis Obispo) is both a sprinter and jumper. She has personal bests of 12.39 in the 100 and 25.66 in the 200. In the long jump she reached 18-9.5 (5.73m) at the Pac 7 League finals during the 2012 outdoor season. During the same season she was the Pac 7 league champion in the 100 winning in 12.48, the long jump at 18-9.5 and was third in the 300 hurdles.

One of three international recruits is Allison Harris (Toronto, Ont./Bishop Stratchan). Harris specializes in both the high hurdles and pole vault. Harris owns a PR of 14.33 in the high hurdles and a 12-4 (3.76m) in the pole vault. She was the runner-up in both events at the 2012 OFSAA Track & Field Championships with a 14.37 and an 11-5.75 (3.50), respectively.

Sydney Hausman (New York, N.Y./The Brearley School) and Alexandra Lanzafame (Poulsbo, Wash./North Kitsap) are both jumpers. Hausman has a PR of 38-9 (11.81m) in the triple jump, which came in her second-place finish at the Glenn D. Loucks Games during the 2012 outdoor season. She won the triple at Disney’s Track & Field Showcase two months earlier reaching 37-7.97 (11.48m). Lanzafame is both a triple and long jumper. She has a PR of 38-9.25 (11.82m) in the triple and 18-4.75 (5.61m) in the long jump. Lanzafame won the long jump in 10 meets during the outdoor 2012 season including capturing the Washington State crown with a winning jump of 18-4.75. That same season she won 13 triple jumps including the state championship with her PR of 38-9.25.

Pole vaulter Lauren Santi (Golden, Colo./Lakewood) reached a PR of 11-6. She competed in states during her sophomore, junior and senior years. She won states as a junior with a PR of 11-6 and was fifth in 2013 (11-3) and seventh in 2011 (10-0). Santi was fourth at the Colorado USATF Junior Olympic Championships.

Yekaterina Panskyy (Marathon, Fla./Island Christian) and Elisa Steele (Kirkwood, Mo./Kirkwood) are both 400 runners. Panskyy has a PR of 57.24 and has also competed in nationals in the 800, 1500 and 400 hurdles. Steele has clocked a PR of 57.20 and has competed in the state championships in the 400, 4x100, 4x200, 4x400 and high jump.

Seven middle distance and distance runners join the team. Jessica Ackerman (Wilmette, Ill./New Trier) has PRs of 2:11 in the 800, 4:58 in the 1600 and 10:40 in the 3200. During her career she reached the state championships in all three events. Ackerman also competed in the state cross country meet three times.

The Gatorade Hawai’I Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year, Zoe Sims (Kailua-Kona, Hawaii/Hawaii Prep), brings her talent to Princeton. She is the second athlete from Hawaii Prep to earn the honor, joining fellow Princetonian Heather Onuma in 1995. Sims has a PR of 2:13 in the 800 and a 4:36 in the 1500. She won the state titles in both events outdoors in 2013 with a state record of 4:36.22 in the 1500 and 2:13.58 in the 800. Sims was also the 1500 state champion as a sophomore.

The second athlete out of The Brearley School is Katie Hanss (New York, N. Y./The Brearley School). She boasts PRs of 2:13 in the 800 and 5:01 in the 1600 and has been on wining relay teams with fellow Tiger Emily de La Bruyere ’15. Hanss has competed in the New Balance Outdoor Nationals in the 1500 and mile.

Lizzie Bird (St Albans Herts, England/St. Albans) brings PRs of 2:11.37 in the 800, 4:25.52 in the 1500 and 9:34.85 in the 3k. Additionally, Bird competed in the English National Championships in cross country finishing in eighth place.

Megan Curham (Warren, N.J./Villa Walsh) owns a number of school records at Villa Walsh Academy including the 800, 1600, 300 and 3200. She has PRs of 4:55 in the 1600 and 10:25 in the 3200. Curham has competed in a number of national meets including the New Balance Outdoor Nationals (6th/5k), Penn Relays (6th/3k), New Balance Indoor Nationals (1st/2mile) and the Foot Locker Nationals (14th/5k).

Rachael Chacko (Centennial, Colo./Smoky Hill) brings PRs of 5:04.56 in the 1600 and 10:41.86 in the 3200. During her senior year she was the runner-up at the Colorado State Championships in the 3200, third in the 1600 and fourth in the 800. This past fall, Chacko was 83rd at the Nike Cross Nationals.

Ally Markovich (Solon, Ohio/Hawken) is the reigning Ohio state champion in the 1600 and was the runner-up in the 3200 after winning the event in 2012. Markovich was also a member of the winning 4x800 relay.

The 2013 season gets underway on August 31 at Lehigh.









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