Feb. 14, 2008
Eighteen highly accomplished high school athletes have signed a national letter of intent to compete at Stanford next year. This elite class includes the Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year, the Greek national record holder in the pole vault, two athletes that represented their country at the 2007 World Youth Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic, the number one ranked high school discus thrower in 2007, the number one ranked junior 800m and miler in the 2007 track season, four girls under 2:10 in the 800m, ten state champions, six Footlocker National Cross Country Finalists, and five athletes that have won their state's Gatorade Player of the Year award.
"We are thrilled these 18 men and women have decided to join us at Stanford," said Edrick Floreal the Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field. "Their results speak for themselves and my staff cannot wait for their arrival on campus."
1. Maria Lattanzi Palo - Alto, CA (Palo Alto)
Mia Lattanzi, a Palo Alto native, has run one of the fastest 800m times in the country. In 2006 she placed 2nd in the 800m at the California state meet and ran 2:09.65 to capture the CCS title. She also won the CCS 400m title as a freshman. Mia currently holds the Palo Alto High school record in the 400m and the 800m.
2. Josefine Kvist - Basking Ridge, NJ (Basking Ridge)
As a sophomore, Josefine ran 1:01.49 in the 400m hurdles, placing her among the top 25 high school 400m hurdlers in the nation. She also placed 3rd in the 2006 NJ state meet in both the 400m hurdles and the Long Jump.
3. Emilie Amaro - Cooper City, FL (Cypress Bay)
A High School Cross Country All-American, Emilie is a 2 time footlocker finalist. She has finished 25th and 13th at the Footlocker National Cross Country Championships. Emilie has run 4:55.84 in the 1600m and ranks among the top twelve returning 3200m/2 milers in the nation with her 10:32.39 two-mile time last year.
4. Kristin Reese - Holmes, NY (Carmel)
Kristin ranks among the top runners in the nation in everything from the 800m to the 3200m. In 2007, she was one of the few high school juniors to be ranked in the top 20 in 3 different middle distance and distance events. She has run 1:34.7 in the 600m, 2:09.24 in the 800m, 2:51.2 in the 1000m, 4:30 in 1500, and 10:33.8 in the 3200m. Kristin recently won the New Balance Games with an impressive early season mark of 4:52.65 in the mile.
5. Sarah McCurdy - Brightwaters, NY (Bay Shore)
A middle distance specialist, Sarah is one of the fastest returning 800m/1500m runners in the nation. As a junior, she was one of the top ten 800m runners in the nation and one of the top 25 1500m/milers in the nation. She is the 2007 New York State Champion at 800m and has ran 1:34.4 in the 600m, 2:06.96 in the 800m and 4:29.38 in the 1500m. Sarah is the 2007 National Scholastic Indoor Champion at 800m.
6. Laurynne Chetelat - Davis, CA (Davis Senior)
Laurynne is the 2007 Division 1 California State Cross Country Champion. She went on to finish 2nd at the 2007 Footlocker West Region Championships and 16th at the Footlocker Cross Country Championships. Last year in track, Laurynne ran 4:56.22 in the 1600m and was consistently one of the top 10 high school 2 milers in the nation. She broke 10:35 five times in 2007. Her personal best time of 10:23.31 places her among the top ten returning 2 milers in the nation this year.
7. Georgia Griffin - Norwich, VT (Hanover)
Georgia is the Gatorade New Hampshire State Cross Country Runner of the Year. In the 2007 cross country season she won the New Hampshire State Cross Country Championship for the 3rd year in a row, leading her team to its 4th straight State title. Georgia also led her team to a 4th place national finish at the 2007 Nike Team Nationals with a 6th place individual finish. In the 2007 track season, Georgia ran 4:57.08 in the 1600m and ran 10:33.87 in the 2 mile, ranking her among the top returning 2 milers in the nation.
8. Emma Miller-Bedell - Orangeburg, NY (Tappan Zee)
In the 2007 indoor season, Emma was the third fastest half miler in the country and returns in 2008 as one of the top half milers in the nation. She also ran the seventh fastest 1000m during the 2007 indoor season with her time of 2:53.60. In the outdoor season, Emma improved her 800m time to 2:08.84 in the 800m
9. Tori Pennings - Warwick, NY (Warwick)
In the 2007 Cross Country Season, Tori led her team to an 11th place finish at the Nike Team Nationals with her 14th place individual finish. In the 2007 track season she ran her mile pr of 4:56 at the Hispanic Indoor Games
10. Jordan Merback - Casper, WY (Kelly Walsh)
Jordan is multi-event specialist. She is a six time Wyoming State Champion. Outdoors she has won in the 100m Hurdles and in the Triple Jump. Indoors she won both the Triple jump and the 55m Hurdle crown. She has competed in 3 Outdoor State championships and has scored points in 7 different events (100mH, 300mH, 100m, 200m, TJ, HJ, relays). Jordan has been an All-State Selection every year.
11. Katerina Stefanidi - Pallini, Athens, Greece
Katerina is a world class pole vaulter and former World Youth Record Holder. She is the 2005 World youth championship gold medalist and the 2007 World youth championship silver medalist. She is the Greek indoor national record holder at 4.37m (14'4) and holds the indoor and outdoor Greek Junior Records of 4.37m (14'4) and 4.30m (14'1) respectively.
1. Geoffrey Tabor, Ardmore, OK (Ardmore High School)
Geoffrey is a two-time All-American and 2007 Oklahoma Gatorade Male Athlete of the Year. Additionally, Geoffrey is a three-time Oklahoma State Champion in the shot and discus (including the 5A discus record holder at 200'5"). His personal bests are 209'5" (national leader) in the discus and 63"10 in the shot.
2. Amaechi Morton - Atlanta, Ga (Riverwood)
Amaechi is the 2007 Georgia State 300m hurdles champion. He has run 37.19 in the 300m hurdles. In addition, he has run a time of 47.5 in the open 400m placing second at the 2007 Georgia State meet. In 2006, he anchored the state championship winning 4x400m relay.
3. Chris Derrick - Naperville, NC (Neuqua Valley)
Chris is the 2007-2008 Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. He led his team (Naperville, IL) to a National Team Championship with his first place finish at the 2007 Nike Team Nationals. The next weekend, he went on to San Diego where he finished second at the Footlocker Cross Country Championships. Last year as a junior, Chris ran 8:54.64 in the 3200m - one of the fastest times ever by a high school junior.
4. Dylan Ferris - Kernersville, NC (East Forsyth)
A middle distance specialist with international experience, Dylan leads the nation in both the 800m (1:49.27) and the Mile (4:08.02). He is the 2006 and 2007 North Carolina State 800m Champion and the 2007 North Carolina State Champion in the 1600m. Dylan represented the United States and qualified for the final at the 2007 World Youth Championships in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
5. Kevin Havel - Arlington Heights, IL (John Hersey)
Kevin is a distance specialist that ranks among the top 10 returning 2 milers in the nation. As a junior, Kevin ran 4:14.32 in the 1600m and 9:00.30 in the 3200m. In the 2007 cross country season, Kevin finished 7th at the Footlocker National Cross Country Championships, establishing himself as a high school cross country All-American.
6. Ben Johnson - Albuquerque, NM (Albuquerque Academy)
Ben is a high school cross country All-American and was the top Junior at the 2006 Footlocker National Cross Country Championships with his 6th place finish. He led his team to a 3rd place national finish with a 3rd place individual finish at the 2007 Nike Team Nationals. Ben is the 2007 New Mexico State Cross country Champion and the 2007 Gatorade New Mexico State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year.
7. Miles Unterreiner - Gig Harbor, WA (Gig Harbor)
A 2007 Footlocker National Finalist, Miles is the Gatorade Washington State Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. In the 2007 cross country season, Miles was the Washington state champion and the winner of the Washington vs. Oregon Boarderclash. Miles went on to finish 5th at the Footlocker west regional, qualifying for the Footlocker National Championships. In his Junior track season, Miles won the prestigious Golden West Invitational Mile with a time of 4:13.20.