Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Adds 18 in 2015-16
Updated: Sunday 09/07/2015 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William & Mary women's track and field and cross country teams added a large class of 18 newcomers with the start of classes last week.  Director of Track and Field/Cross Country Stephen Walsh and Head Women's Cross Country Coach Natalie Hall put together an incredible class that has the ability to contribute right away in every event group.

"We are really excited with this class of freshman we are adding to the Tribe Family," said Walsh. "There is a lot of talent in this group and we are looking forward to seeing big things to come over the next four years."

Grace Becker - Multi
Buckingham, Pa./Central Bucks East

Heptathlon - 3767
100m - 12.7
100m Hurdles - 14.7
400m Hurdles - 1:07.43
High Jump - 5-7
Long Jump - 17-3
Triple Jump - 37-1

Prep: Bronze medalist at the Meet of Champions indoors as a senior ... Also took sixth in the state meet indoors ... Improved to third in the state outdoors ... Team MVP each of her last three years ... Graduated summa cum laude ... Founder of the CHAIN Club, donating sports equipment to underprivileged rec programs ... Member of the Key Club ... Accomplished all she had while working throughout high school.

Personal: Daughter of Gina Reardon and George Becker ... Enjoys cooking, reading, drawing, painting, and biking ... Plans to double-major in kinesiology and marketing.

Hope Bloxom - Distance
Yorktown, Va./Grafton

800m - 2:18.63o
1600m - 5:08.36o
3200m - 10:48.19o

Prep: Named the Peninsula Sports Club Cross Country Runner of the Year as a senior ... Also picked as Runner of the Year by the Daily Press ... Seventh in the state as a junior, improving to fifth her senior year ... National Merit Scholar Honorable Mention ... Highest Honors all four years ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Also a member of the French and Math Honor Societies.

Personal: Daughter of Cindy and Matthew Bloxom ... Uncle, Steve Franzyshen, played football at W&M and earned two degrees ... Enjoys biking, swimming, Bible Study, and volunteering ... Plans to major in chemistry.

Deirdre Casey - Distance
Princeton Junction, N.J./West Windsor-Plainsboro South

800m - 2:15.57o
1600m - 4:53.61o
3200m - 10:47.1o

Prep: Won five state titles, including four as a senior ... Indoors, part of WWPS' winning 4x800m and DMR ... Outdoors, won the 1600 and the 4x800m ... As a junior, won the 1600m indoors ... Won the 4x00m and DMR at the Eastern States Championship ... Led-off the DMR at the Penn Relays Championship of America, helping the team finish second ... Helped lead her team to state titles in cross country and indoor track ... Finished sixth at the state cross country meet as a senior ... Won both the Senior Athlete AWard and the Scholarship Award for Academics and Athletics ... Fundraising chair for the National Honor Society ... Girl Scout.

Personal: Daughter of Kathleen and Thomas Casey ... Enjoys baking and cooking, watching movies, biking, swimming, and being outdoors ... Undecided as to her collegiate major.

Eryn Dawkins - Sprints
Fairfax, Va./Fairfax

55m - 7.8i
200m - 25.37i
400m - 59.02o

Prep: Fifth in the state 4x100m relay as a junior ... Won the 4x200m and 300m conference titles indoors in 2014.

Personal: Daughter of Clarice and Keith Dawkins ... Enjoys reading, writing, playing video games, and going on adventure runs ... Undecided as to her collegiate major.

Kathryn Eng - Distance
Arlington, Va./Washington-Lee

800m - 2:19
1600m - 5:15
3200m - 11:19

Prep: Helped Washington-Lee to a silver medal at the 2013 state cross country championships ... All-State indoors as a junior ... All-conference in all three seasons each of her last two years ... Valedictorian of her graduating class ... IB Bi-Lingual Diploma Recipient (English and Spanish) ... Mentor in the Connect Program ... Tutored elementary students in reading, writing, and math.

Personal: Daughter of Debora Harvey and Joseph Eng ... Enjoys reading, writing novels and short stories, knitting, camping, and playing the piano and flute ... Loves skydiving, but has only been once ... Plans to major in kinesiology.

Sarah Goodrich - Distance
Richmond, Va./Mills E. Godwin

800m - 2:18.91o
1600m - 5:08.34o
3200m - 10:57.13i

Prep: Earned all-state honors in cross country each of the past two years ... Led Godwin to the state title as a junior ... Named All-Met by the Richmond Times-Dispatch in both 2013 and 2014 ... State champion indoors at 3,200m as a senior ... As a junior in 2014, won the 4x800m state title indoors and was second in the outdoor 4x800m and indoor 1000m ... Also named all-state in the 3,200m outdoors as a junior ... Named Godwin's Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Finalist for the Richmond Times-Dispatch Scholar-Athlete of the Year ... Member of the Beta Club and the French Club ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Also a member of the French and Math Honor Societies.

Personal: Daughter of Alice and Bob Goodrich ... Twin brother, Duncan, is a freshman on the Tribe men's team ... Enjoys reading and is fascinated by health and nutrition ... Plans to major in kinesiology.

Xaveria Hawvermale - Distance
Fairfax, Va./Chantilly

800m - 2:23.36
1600m - 5:09.33
3200m - 10:50.31

Prep: Twice named all-state, despite missing her senior year due to injury ... Finished 10th at the state cross country championships ... Fourth in the state at 3,200m outdoors ... Honor Graduate ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Volunteered with the CYA track program.

Personal: Daughter of Hedwig and Charles Hawvermale ... Enjoys hiking, adventuring, and outdoor activities ... Plans to major in biology.

Abbey Hillerich - Middle Distance
Dover, Mass./Newton Country Day

800m - 2:20.81i
Mile - 5:37.08i

Prep: Named All-League in cross country by the Boston Globe each of the last three years ... Earned All-New England honors as a sophomore and again as a senior ... All-conference each of her last three years ... National Merit Commended Scholar ... AP Scholar with Honor ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Member of the Chess Club all four years, and was elected head of the club as a senior.

Personal: Daughter of Mary and William Hillerich ... Mother played field hockey and softball at St. Louis ... Enjoys hiking and biking ... Plans to major in kinesiology.

Natalie Marcotullio - Middle Distance
Westfield, N.J./Westfield

400m - 1:00.9o
800m - 2:17o

Prep: Helped Westfield take ninth in the state at 4x800m in 2013 ... First-team all-county each of the last three years ... Won the conference title in cross country as a senior ... Distinguished Honor Roll ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Also a member of the Italian National Honor Society ... Winner of the Thom Hornish Achievement AWard from the Westfield Boosters Association ... Volunteered with the Special Olympics, and the local YMCA youth track club.

Personal: Daughter of Mary and Paul Marcotullio ... Mother played field hockey at Lafayette ... Father played soccer at Lafayette ... Enjoys art, music, travel, and hanging out with friends ... Plans to major in marketing.

Julia McDermott - Jumps
Potomac, Md/Winston Churchill

Long Jump - 17-7.25
Triple Jump - 37-4

Prep: Four-time state finalist outdoors ... Took third in the state triple jump in 2013 ... AP Scholar with Distinction ... Honor Roll all four years ... Sports Editor of the school paper ... Named to the National Scholastic Press Association Journalism Honor Roll ... Quill and Scroll Honor Society ... Member of the National Honor Society and honor societies in English, Science, and Spanish ... Part of the class executive board as a senior.

Personal: Daughter of Margaret and Joseph McDermott ... Enjoys swimming, lifeguarding, reading, and watching movies ... Undecided as to her collegiate major.

Adriana McDevitt - Sprints
Braintree, Mass./Braintree

55m - 7.8
100m - 13.31
200m - 26.79
400m - 1:01.0

Prep: Captained the track team each of her last two years ... Also a talented soccer player, captaining the school team as a senior and the U-18 travel squad in 2014 and 2015 ... Led the U-18 team to the finals of the Massachusetts Tournament of Champions ... Represented Braintree at the New England Student Leadership Conference and the East Coast Student-Athlete Leadership Conference ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Member of the National French Honor Society ... Was the Head Girls Soccer Referee for the town of Braintree ... Head coach of the local 3rd grade girls soccer team.

Personal: Daughter of Ruth-Ann Berlandi and Sean McDevitt ... Enjoys soccer, reading, travel, and listening to music ... Undecided as to her collegiate major.

Jackie Meeks - Pole Vault
Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial

Pole Vault - 12-9i, 12-6o

2014-15 (at Tidewater CC): Did not compete.

Prep: Three-time national qualifier ... Swept the Virginia state titles as a senior ... Named the Female Athlete of the Year at First Colonial her senior year ... Won the Memorial Award for Excellence in Athletics and Community Service ... Member of the National Honor Society.

Personal: Daughter of Nancy and Darrell Meeks ... Mother was on the track team at Kentucky ... Enjoys snowboarding, skiing, wakeboarding, and biking ... Plans to major in kinesiology.

Brianna Miller - Hurdles/Jumps
Midlothian, Va./St. Catherine's

55m Hurdles - 8.82i
300m Hurdles - 45.6o
Long Jump - 17-9i
Triple Jump - 37-0o

Prep: Won the 55m hurdles, 300m hurdles, triple jump, and long jump at both the league and Virginia Private School's state championships ... Named All-Met and All-State all four years of high school ... High Honors throughout high school.

Personal: Daughter of Leigh Anne Miller and Lewis Hicks ... Father played football at Indiana University of Pennsylvania ... Enjoys DIY projects, painting, cooking, and movies ... Plans to major in kinesiology.

Danielle Monahan - Hurdles/Jumps
East Hanover, N.J./Hanover Park

55m Hurdles - 8.98i
100m Hurdles- 15.46o
High Jump - 5-3o
Long Jump - 16-5.5o

Prep: Won the state title in the high jump indoors as a junior ... Named all-conference in the high jump, long jump, and hurdles ... Distinguished Honor Roll all four years ... President of the Home Economics Club ... Treasurer of the Key Club ... Member of the FBLA, Spanish Club, and Environmental Club.

Personal: Daughter of Donna and Michael Monahan ... Enjoys going to the beach, going to concerts, making jewelry, and biking ... Undecided as to her collegiate major.

Liz Newman - Distance
Basking Ridge, N.J./Ridge

800m - 2:16.07
1600m - 5:07.75
3200m - 10:58.31

Prep: Two-time Prep All-American, finishing 10th in the 4x800m at the 2015 NB Outdoor Nationals and eighth at the 4x800m NB indoor nationals ... Won the New Jersey Meet of Champions outdoors at 4x800m as a senior ... Helped Ridge take third in the state meet and fourth at the Meet of Champions in cross country in 2014 ... Qualified for the Meet of Champions outdoors at 3,200m as a junior ... All-state outdoors in the 4x800m in 2015 ... State Champion in Destination Imagination ... Member of the National Honors Society ... Secretary of the Key Club and the Poetry Club ... Member of the Outdoors Club and the Junior Classical League.

Personal: Daughter of Jennifer and Christopher Newman ... Enjoys pottery, hiking, skiing, and kayaking ... Undecided as to her collegiate major.

Lindsay Schott - Long Sprints
Portola Valley, Calif./Sacred Heart Prep

400m - 1:00.1o
800m - 2:22.3o

Prep: Qualified for the USAT&F Junior Olympic National Championships each of the last two years ... Advanced in the 400m as a junior, and the 4x400m as a senior ... League champion at 400m as a senior ... Also set the school record at 800m ... Was named the Senior Athlete of Distinction at Sacred Heart (all sports) ... Athletics Chair as a senior in the student government ... Community Service Chair each of her last two years ... Volunteered with the Ronald McDonald House.

Personal: Daughter of Grace and Gregory Schott ... Cousin, Grant Dixon, is a freshman on the Richmond football team ... Enjoys hiking with her Labrador Retreiver, photography, baking, and community service ... Plans to major in statistics.

Rachel Snyder - Middle Distance
Purcellville, Va./Loudoun Valley

800m - 2:22
1600m - 5:15

Prep: Five-time all-state runner ... Second-team all-state in cross country as a senior, leading Loudoun Valley to the team silver medal ... Finished 13th at Foot Locker South ... Anchored the 4x800m relay to fourth place in the state ... Finished seventh in the 1,600m and eighth in the 800m as a senior as well ... Fifth in the 4x800m as a junior ... Member of the FCA ... Gold-award winner in the Girl Scouts.

Personal: Daughter of Caroline and David Snyder ... Mother graduated from W&M in 1983 ... Had an uncle who played soccer at Duke ... Enjoys soccer, babysitting, reading, and volunteering ... Undecided as to her collegiate major.

Anna Wasko - Middle Distance
Leesburg, Va./Tuscarora

800m - 2:19.21o
1500m - 4:52.72o

Prep: Earned all-state honors all four teams ... Led Tuscarora to the state cross country championships as a senior ... Won the VHSL Female Athlete of the Year as a senior as well ... Took fifth individually at the state cross country meet ... In track, finished seventh in the 1,600m as a senior ... Third in cross country and the 1,600m run, and fifth in the 800m as a junior ... Named honorable-mention All-Met by the Washington Post each of her last three years ... High Honor Roll all four years ... Member of the National Honor Society ... Committee Chair in the Key Club ... Member of the Fitness and Adventure Club.

Personal: Daughter of Judith and Christopher Wasko ... Brother, Jake, played football for the Tribe and graduated in 2014 ... Enjoys volunteering, adventuring, reading, cookings, and photography ... Plans to major in kinesiology.

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