Women's Track & Field Announces Class of 2016
Princeton women's cross country and track & field coach Peter Farrell is proud to announce in the incoming Class of 2016.
"Coach Ed Roskiewicz's legacy to Princeton track is the terrific class of student-athletes that he lured to Princeton to form the great Class of 2016," Farrell said in regards to longtime assistant coach Ed Roskiewicz and his departure from Princeton just last week.
"He added an international wrinkle to our team with no fewer than three foreign student-athletes. All three should make an immediate impact on the program. Julia Radcliffe from Hamilton, New Zealand ranks as one of the top junior hammer throwers in the world. Her best toss of 219' earned her a fourth at the World Junior Championship. Inka Busack of Bradenburg, Germany has been consistently over 5'8" in the high jump while Irishwoman, Sarah Lavin of Limerick, Ireland has scored consistently on the international scene with a best of 13.71 for the 100 hurdles. Pretty impressive! He also added depth in the throws with Brad Rowe's '82 daughter Brielle Rowe. Coach Ed also added some backup in the sprints with Sarah Ronde and Julia Rizzio. Taylor Morgan will compliment Inka Busack well as she has also cleared 5'8".
"On the other side of the ledger we bolstered our middle distance corps with a good group of 800 meters runners, most of whom can run cross country. Maria Seykora, Summer Hanson, Birdie Hutton and Sarah Porter will form the nucleus of a strong cross country group. Michelle Tracy will add depth in the 800.
"In all this is a very strong class. We filled quite a few holes in our depth chart. It should be an exciting year."
Distance & Middle
Summer Hanson from Interlake High School in Bellevue, Wash., is a strong all-around athlete. She began her career as a wrestler and gymnast before starting her track career as a pole vaulter. In her final two years of high school she took up middle distance running and quickly acclimated. Hanson became a two-time Class 2A state champion in the 800 meters. She was also third at the state meet in the 400. Hanson's best times include a 57.82 in the 400 and 2:13.08 in the 800.
Birdie Hutton comes to Princeton from Boulder, Colo., where she attended Shining Mountain Waldorf High School. This past spring Hutton set two Class 1A state meet records en route to winning the 1600 and 3200 at the Colorado state championships. She also finished runner-up in the 800 at that same meet. Hutton's personal bests, all set at altitude, include 5:03.76 in the 1600 and 11:18 in the 3200.
A runner with good range, is Sarah Porter out of Santa Margerita High School in Orange County, Calif. Porter has run 2:14.93 in the 800 and was a top-15 finisher at the California Division III State Cross Country meet with a time of 18:35.
A highly-touted distance runner is Maria Seykora from Villanova, Pa. The Academy of Notre Dame product is a three-time Pennsylvania Independent School state cross country champion, and a 2011 second-team all-state cross country runner. Seykora has PRs of 2:12.11 in the 800, 4:33.65 in the 1500, 4:52.44 in the indoor mile, 10:47.21 in the 3200, and 18:30 in the 5k/cross country. Seykora was also on the Pennsylvania state record-setting distance medley during the 2012 indoor season. In addition she finished eighth at the New Balance Indoor National meet in the mile this past March.
A key member of the Pennsylvania state record setting 4x800 meter relay team is Michelle Tracy of West Chester Henderson High School in West Chester, Pa. The relay ran a record time of 8:55.43. Her PR's include 2:12.7, from that record setting 4x800 relay, and 58.56 in the 400.
Sprints & Hurdles
The first of three international members of the class is Sarah Lavin from Limerick, Ireland. She holds the Irish national junior record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.42. A bronze medalist in the European Youth Olympics in Turkey, Lavin advanced to the semifinals of the World Junior Championships in the 100-meter Hurdles. She has a personal best of 13.73 in the 100H, 11.9 in the 100 and 24.4 in the 200.
Meghan McMullin is from Red Bank, N.J., and attended Red Bank Catholic. As a senior McMullin had a pair of top finishes at the New Jersey Meet of Champions. In the 400 hurdles, McMullin was sixth with a personal best of 62.32. She finished fifth in the 800 at the Meet of Champions with a time of 2:14.39. McMullin ran 57.75 during the indoor season.
Julia Rizio is from nearby Montville, N.J. A third-place finisher at the New Jersey State Meet of Champions during her senior year, Rizio has run 7.27 in the 55, 11.96 in the 100 and 25.42 in the 200.
Sara Ronde from Northport, N.Y. is both a sprinter and a jumper. At the New York state meet this past year Ronde raced to a new personal best of 12.07 in the 100. She has also demonstrated her versatility with personal bests of 5.73 (18-9.5) in the long jump, 11.4 (37-4.75) in the triple jump, 25.38 in the 200 and 57.84 in the 400.
One of three international members of the team, is thrower Julia Ratcliffe. A native of Hamilton, New Zealand, Ratcliffe specializes in the hammer. She finished fourth at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona. Her PR of 67.00 (219-10) is the Oceania junior women's hammer throw record.
Brielle Rowe joins brother Garrett as a current member of the Princeton track & field programs. Rowe was a third-place finisher at the Golden West Invitational. She has personal bests of 44.2 (145-0) in the discus and 42.67 (140-0) in limited experience with the hammer throw.
A javelin specialist from San Francisco, Calif., Jamie Shenk honed her skill at Phillips Andover. Shenk has a thrown to 38.1 (125-0) and holds the Phillips Academy class records for freshmen, sophomores and juniors.
A native of Bradenburg, Germany, Inka Busack is an accomplished jumper from her home country. She boasts personal bests of 1.73 (5-8) in the high jump and 5.49 (18-0) in the long jump.
Local product Madeline Lea attended Princeton High School and is from Cranbury, N.J. Lea was a key contributor to the Little Tigers first county championship in 34 years. Lea has marked 11.28 (37-0) in the triple jump.
Taylor Morgan, the 2012 Penn Relays Champion in the high jump, joins the program from Upper Dublin High School. She is the
Pennsylvania state champion in the high jump and finished fourth in the national indoor meet as a senior. Morgan has a personal best of 1.73 (5-8.25).
A versatile athlete with experience in the hurdles, high jump, sprints and relays, Kerry Krause will become a multi-event athlete with the Tigers. She was named the Deerfield Academy Most Valuable Woman. Krause was the runner-up in the high jump at the New England meet.