June 3, 2013
STANFORD, Calif. - Chris Miltenberg, Stanford's Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track and Field, has announced 14 new members to his first recruiting class.
Eight women and six men will join 13 athletes announced in February to form the 27-member Stanford track and field class of 2017. Fifteen will compete in cross country and middle- or long-distance events. There are six throwers, three sprinters, and two horizontal jumpers, and one pole vaulter.
Additions to the Stanford women's class are Jackie Choucair (Dallas, Texas), Emma Fisher (Elmhurst, Ill.), Vanessa Fraser (Scotts Valley, Calif.), Danielle Katz (Los Gatos, Calif.), Lauren Remer (Oakland, Calif.), Victoria Smith (Belle River, Ontario, Canada), Amabel Stokes (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada), and Malika Waschmann (Corvallis, Ore.).
They join February signees Valarie Allman (Longmont, Colo.), Sophia Chase (Burke, Va.), Carla Forbes (Newton, Mass.), and Megan Glasmann (Park City, Utah).
Men's additions are Connor Harriman (Fairless Hills, Pa.), Sina Javidan-Nejad (Fair Oaks, Calif.), Nick Obletz (Portland, Ore.), Thomas Rigby (Boise, Idaho), Ryan Silva (Tucson, Ariz.), and Morgan Tanasijevich (Marietta, Ga.).
They join previous signees Scott Buttinger (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada), Tom Coyle (Lansdale, Pa.), Brendan Duncan (Waterloo, Ill.), Dylan Duvio (River Ridge, La.), Patrick Gibson (Squalicum, Wash.), Jack Keelan (La Grange Park, Ill.), Sean McGorty (Fairfax, Va.), Jaak Uudmae (Tallinn, Estonia), and Sam Wharton (Tipp City, Ohio).
Jackie Choucair (The Hockaday School); Dallas, Texas: The former select soccer player switched to distance running as a high school sophomore and went on to capture six Southwest Preparatory Conference individual championships - three in the 3,200 meters, two in the 1,600, and one in cross country. Choucair, who has best times of 10:43.92 in the 3,200 and 4:56.55 in the 1,600, placed 15th in the U.S. junior national cross-country championships in February.
Emma Fisher (York Community HS); Elmhurst, Ill.: Captured third in the 3,200 (10:41.42) at the recent Illinois Class 3A championships and was fifth in the 1,600. She has bests of 10:26.06 in the 3,200, which was run indoors in March, and 4:56.06 from the state prelims. Fisher also was second in the state 3A cross country finals last fall.
Vanessa Fraser (Scotts Valley HS); Scotts Valley, Calif.: A local product from the girls' distance-running mecca of Santa Cruz County, Fraser was ninth at this weekend's ultra-competitive California state championships in the 3,200 (10:31.50). Fraser is a two-time state Division IV cross country champion and clocked 16:59.87 in the 5,000 while placing sixth on the track at the 2012 New Balance Nationals. She has bests of 10:28.63 in the 3,200, 4:56.43 in the mile, and 2:18.54 in the 800. Fraser has held a goal of attending Stanford, her father's school, since the third grade.
Danielle Katz (Los Gatos HS); Los Gatos, Calif.: A Santa Clara County product from Los Gatos High, Katz placed sixth at Saturday's California state championships in the 1,600 in a personal best of 4:52.49. She focused on the 800 as a junior and clocked a best of 2:13.33 and was fifth at the state meet. Katz won the 2012 Central Coast Section Division II cross-country title and was third at the Division II state championships.
Lauren Remer (Piedmont HS); Oakland, Calif.: Remer captured the 2012 North Coast Section Bay Shore Area championship in the 400 and went on to place second at the NCS Meet of Champions to advance to the state meet. Remer holds the Piedmont High record of 56.39. Lauren comes from an athletic family - her brother Jordan is a pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds organization.
Victoria Smith (Belle River District HS); Belle River, Ontario, Canada: Smith broke the meet javelin record at the Windsor and Essex County Secondary School Athletic Association championships on May 14 with a throw of 161-8. In August, she broke the Canadian youth national meet under-18 record in the 500-gram javelin with a throw of 163-3 (the high school javelin is 600g). She was introduced to the javelin by a coach who saw her throw in a dodge ball game. Smith, who led the Nobles to the Ontario AAA volleyball title, won provincial class javelin titles as a sophomore and junior.
Amabel Stokes (York House School); Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada: Identified among the top young quartermilers in Canada, Stokes has been selected for the country's Olympic Development Program and is being groomed for the 2020 Olympics. She was the 2011 British Columbia provincial champion with a 400 best of 55.66 and was named the 2010-12 aggregate champion in that event.
Malika Waschmann (Corvallis HS); Corvallis, Ore.: Waschmann was a triple winner at the Oregon 5A championships on May 25, capturing the 400 (56.50), 300 hurdles (personal best 44.86) and anchoring the 4x400 relay. However, her most impressive performance may have come in the 800 on Saturday when she ran in 2:11.15 to win the BorderDuel Classic between Oregon and Washington. The individual state titles were her second in each event, having won the 400 in 2011 and the 300 hurdles last year. Waschmann has great range, placing fifth in the state in the 200 in 2011 and helping the Corvallis cross country team to a runner-up state finish. Her best 400 time is 56.27.
Connor Harriman (Pennsbury HS); Fairless Hills, Pa.: Harriman placed fourth in the 2012 Pennsylvania Class AAA championships in the 3,200 in 9:18.94. This season, Harriman focused on the 1,600 and placed fifth in the state AAA District 1 final in 4:16.75 and was 12th in the state AAA championship.
Sina Javidan-Nejad (Jesuit HS); Fair Oaks, Calif.: Javidan-Nejad of Jesuit High in Carmichael is one of Northern California's top throwers, earning a pair of top-three finishes at the Sac-Joaquin Section Masters Meet. He was second in the shot put and third in the discus, earning state meet berths in both events. His best shot put of 58-4½ earned Javidan-Nejad second at the SJS Division I finals, and his best discus of 164-2 came at the state meet prelims.
Nick Obletz (Oregon Episcopal School); Portland, Ore.: Obletz won the 2012 BorderDuel Classic in the 5,000 (15:23.94), between top athletes from Oregon and Washington. It completed a season in which he was a double winner at the Oregon 3A championships, in the 1,500 and 3,000. This school year, Obletz captured the state 1A/2A/3A title in cross country, a state track 3A victory in the 3,000 and was runner-up in the 1,500. He has bests of 4:02.18 in the 1,500 and 8:41.97 in the 3,000.
Thomas Rigby (Boise HS); Boise, Idaho: Rigby was a triple individual winner at the Idaho 5A championships on May 17-18. His most impressive victory came in the 800 when he ran 1:50.80 to shatter state and meet records by nearly two seconds, and will likely focus on that event at Stanford. It is the No. 11 time among high school runners in the U.S. this year. Rigby also won the 1,600 (4:18.57) and 3,200 (9:31.16) to pull off the first Idaho 5A distance sweep in 21 years. Rigby also was the 2012 state 5A 800 champ and the 2012 state 5A cross-country runner-up.
Ryan Silva (Rincon University HS); Tucson, Ariz.: Silva won the mile in 4:12.06 at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational on April 6 and completed his high school season by reaching three finals at the Arizona Division I championships. Silva was third in the 3,200 (a personal best 9:12.00), fourth in the 800 (1:54.15), and eighth in the 1,600 (4:22.70). Silva's best times are 4:10.33 in the mile, 1:53.65 in the 800, and 50.33 in the 400.
Morgan Tanasijevich (Walton HS); Marietta, Ga.: There is no javelin in Georgia high school track and field so Tanasijevich has showed his talent in USATF youth competitions. In 2012, Tanasijevich won the USATF Youth National championship at 173-7 and exceeded that mark at the USATF Junior Olympics, with a personal-record throw of 183-1¼ to place sixth.