May 23, 2007
Five more outstanding male recruits will join the cross country and track & field program squads in the fall, announced Franklin P. Johnson Director of Track & Field Edrick Floreal. Andrew Dargie, Brendan Gregg, Thomas Gruenewald, Jacob Riley and J.T. Sullivan will join Cody Cox, Elliot Heath, Benjamin Otto and Casey Roche as one of the strongest recruiting classes in the nation.
"This class is not only our best and most accomplished group ever, but probably one of the best in the country," noted Floreal.
Gregg is the calm and consistent front-runner for Davis High School in Davis, California. Gregg's significant improvements this year in both cross country and track quickly pushed him into the national spotlight. He finished first in the 2006 Stanford Cross Country Invitational and won the 3000m in the 2007 Stanford Track Invitational. Gregg also finished third in the 2 mile at the prestigious Arcadia Invitational. His time of 9:02.34 is equivalent to a sub 9:00 3200 and nearly 25 seconds faster than his junior year best. He is currently ranked 5th in the Nation in the 3200.
"Brendan is a true distance runner with limitless potential in collegiate running," said Floreal. "The Stanford program will greatly benefit from his talent, leadership, and consistency"
Hailing from Fayetteville Manlius High School, Thomas runs for one of the top high school cross country programs in New York and the nation. He is a consistent team leader whose unique running style and powerful drive made him a consistent and elite performer throughout his high school career. Gruenewald led his team to second place and third place at the 2004 and 2005 Nike Team Nationals. Thomas is also two-time Footlocker Finalist and a sub nine minute 3200m runner.
"Not only a tough and dedicated runner, Tommy is also a selfless team leader, putting the success of the team first. His tenacity and attitude will be an asset to Stanford both on and off the track."
Riley, a senior from Sehome High School in Bellingham, Washington, is a gifted athlete with very exciting potential in both cross country and track. In the 2006 cross country season, Riley exploded on to the national cross country scene, finishing first in the Washington State Cross Country Championships, third at the Footlocker West Regional, and 14th at the Footlocker National Championships. Last month at the Shoreline Invitational in Washington, Riley ran 14 seconds faster than his previous best 3200 meters. His time of 9:00.50 currently ranks him 11th on the high school national 3200 meter list.
"Jake is one of the top performers in the nation. He is a powerful runner with a calm and confident approach to elite level competition that will make him successful at all levels of collegiate competition."
Sullivan, from Trabuco Hills High school, is a member of the nationally ranked distance corps out of Mission Viejo, California. In the 2006 cross country season, Sullivan placed second in the 2006 California State Cross Country Meet, leading Trabuco Hills High School to the team championship. Their combined times made Trabuco Hills the fastest California team ever on the State Meet course. Sullivan is a fierce competitor that loves running and competition. This spring, Sullivan finished second in the competitive Arcadia Invitational 2 mile. His time of 9:01.32 currently stands as the fourth fastest high school 2 mile in the nation.
"J.T. has an intelligent and driven approach to running that makes him a consistent top performer. His love of the sport and leadership will be invaluable to Stanford cross country and track & field."
Dargie of Sir Winston Churchill High School is an amazing athlete, having been the starting quarterback and offensive MVP on the football team. Three months after having surgery to remove cancerous lymph nodes in March, Dargie qualified and competed at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Beijing, China and made the finals. He was the only teenager competing in the men's USA vs. The World Section as a member of the third place distance medley relay team. Dargie, the top junior 400 meter runner in Canada will have an instant impact a the conference and NCAA level.
"Andrew is a highly talented young man, a program maker and a 2008 Canadian Olympian hopeful," noted Floreal.
Cox will join the Cardinal next fall from Atlanta, GA, where he attends The Lovett School. He is currently the fourth-ranked hammer thrower in Georgia, as well as the third-ranked weight thrower indoors.
"Cody is a welcomed addition to The Farm. His versatility in the hammer and the weight, along with the shot, makes him an exciting addition to our program."
From Winona High School in Winona, MN, Heath is one of the nation's best distance runners and has qualified as a Footlocker finalist. He captured the 2005 Minnesota state cross country championship, as well as the 2006 Minnesota state 3,200 meter championship.
"Elliott is an incredibly strong and dedicated distance runner and we are thrilled he will be joining us next year. An outstanding student-athlete, Elliott will be a key contributor through his entire collegiate career."
Otto currently attends Hill Murray School in White Bear Lake, MN. Otto was the 2005 Minnesota state long jump champion, as well as All-State in the 200 meters and triple jump. He is also a 2005 national high school long jump All-American.
"BJ is an extremely talented athlete. He will have a huge impact on our team's national success, as well as our record book."
The top-ranked pole vaulter in the nation, Roche hails from Saint Francis High School in nearby Mountain View, CA. Roche is the reigning Junior Olympic Champion in the pole vault and holds the meet record at 17'5". He placed third last spring at the California state meet.
"Casey is an amazing athlete and will continue the great tradition of phenomenal pole vaulters here at Stanford."