BOCA RATON, Fla. – As the Lynn University men's cross country and track programs inch closer to their inaugural seasons, head coach Chris Wood announced Wednesday that they have signed 10 runners for the 2018-19 school year.
"We have some major players coming in for 2018-2019, and I know everyone is anxiously waiting to see what we can do as combined program," said Wood. "[With these additions], we will be able to establish a presence in the SSC with our men right out of the gates."
"This group is a special one that I believe has a limitless celling and will set the tone for the men's programs of the future," added assistant coach Roger Cooke. "We are in this sport to compete for championships and I believe that this group gives us a great opportunity to do so."
Eagle Pass, Texas / Eagle Pass HS
Kowalski comes to Lynn boasting a top 5K time of 15:51.70 in addition to a time of 9:34.68 in the 3200 and 4:31.19 in the 1600. He ran the fastest time on record for Eagle Pass in the 3200 this spring after posting one of the fastest times in his program's history in the 5K during the cross country season.
From the Coaches: "It's rare to get a runner of his level out of South Texas. Nathan is a high character, hardworking young man and has had some great success as a cross country and track runner competing in one of the nation's toughest states. We expect that experience to help him make an immediate impact on the conference."
Jupiter, Florida / Jupiter Christian HS
A Palm Beach County product, Skielnik joins the first-year program with a mark of 16:05.10 in the 5K, while adding times of 9:48.41 in the 3200 and 4:31.24 in the 1600. His 5K time at Jupiter Christian is more than 50 seconds faster than the next time on record in cross country, and his 1600 and 3200 times are tops on record in program history for the track season.
From the Coaches: "Josh is a great young man. He's developed into a runner that everyone knows around Palm Beach County for being a multiple-time state competitor in the mile and two mile. He will add some high-quality depth to the cross country team this fall."
Yakima, Wash. / Eisenhower Senior HS
Cook travels east with short-distance experience, posting a time of 52.03 in the 400-meter dash while clocking in at 1:58.76 in the 800. His personal best for a 5K time is 16:46.90.
From the Coaches: "Mo will be a great guy to have around. Most of the young men we have coming in are from the east coast so it will be cool to have some Northwest perspective in our program. Mo, like some of our female runners, has a ton of range and has been successful from the 400m to the 5k."
Felicity, Ohio / Felicity-Franklin HS
Boeckmann has posted times of 16:39.95 in the 5K, 10:19.69 in the 3200 and 4:48.46 in the 1600. Boeckmann's times in both the 1600 and 3200 are the fastest listed times at Felicity-Franklin, and he has earned First Team recognition seven times in his high school career.
From the Coaches: "Jared will be another great leader for our young program. He's ran for a while, but he comes from a small school where he has been a four sport letter winner: cross country, basketball, tennis and track. Due to this, Jared has a lot of upside. Narrowing his focus to exclusively running in college will bring him up to speed very quickly."
Plymouth, Mass. / Plymouth North HS
Ryder will arrive at Lynn with posted times of 16:00.82 in the 5K, 4:30.27 in the mile, and 2:35.63 in the 1000. Across all events, he has been named a Patriot League all-star eight times while finishing fourth at the Patriot League Championships in the fall.
From the Coaches: "Bryan comes from a great high school program. We had tremendous success with [Plymouth North graduate] Kate Fisher her freshman year and Bryan is very similar. The great thing about Bryan is that he's only been running for a couple of years, so his upside is tremendous and he has already built a great high school resume."
West Palm Beach, Fla. / King's Academy HS
Another local product from Palm Beach County, Bridgewater will join Lynn in the fall with posted times of 17:01.27 in the 5K, 4:37.72 in the 1600, 1:55.11 in the 800 and 51.95 in the 400. Bridgewater claimed the 2017 District, Regional and State titles for FHSAA Class 1A track and was named the Palm Beach Post and Sun Sentinel Track Athlete of the Year after breaking the school record in the 800.
From the Coaches: "Anytime you have a state champion on your team, it's a great thing. Justin is a product of a small school, but he's a student of the sport and a high character guy. Fortunately for us he has been a multiple sport athlete in high school. We like getting athletes with broad skills and giving them the tools to sharpen those skills."
Miami, Fla. / Coral Reef HS
Dobbs will continue his running career with the Fighting Knights, looking to build on times of 16:04.00 in the 5K, 9:42.55 in the 3200 and 4:31.02 in the 1600. Dobbs has posted some of the fastest times in his high school's history in a variety of events and ran the fifth-fastest 5K in school history in the fall.
From the Coaches: "Hunter is going to be a great long distance runner for us over the next four years. The great thing about him is that being from Miami he knows how to handle training in this environment and has ran at some of the courses that we will need to do well at in order to be successful."
Tampa, Fla. / King HS
Dace will enter Lynn with times of 17:32.90 in the 5K, 4:27.73 in the 1600, 4:10.39 in the 1500 and 2:01.70 in the 800. He tabbed a seventh-place finish at the 2017 FHSAA Class 3A District 9 Championships in the fall, and has posted personal-record times in both the 800 and 1600 this spring.
From the Coaches: "Myron has had a tremendous senior year and has taken great strides to broaden his racing ability. He is a high energy, motivated guy and we are looking forward to him bringing that energy to Lynn in the fall."
Fork Union, Va. / Fork Union Military Academy
Yescas comes to the Blue and White with personal best times of 16:29.00 in the 5K, 9:38.70 in the 3200, 4:27.80 in the 1600 and 2:01.00 in the 800. His PR time in the 1600 meters was enough to crown him Virginia Preparatory League champion for the indoor season. He finished third in the 800 and second in the 1600 in outdoor track as a junior, helping his squad to the league title.
From the Coaches: "We're looking to Julian to be one of our more disciplined guys this fall. He has been a Virginia State Champion in the 3200 as well as had multiple top 5 finishes at the state championship meet in events ranging from the 800 to cross country. He's been a very consistent distance runner in Virginia for the past four years and will be a steady runner this fall."
Oviedo, Fla. / Oviedo HS
Daddapaneni has posted times of 16:47.20 in the 5K, 10:01.20 in the 3200 and 4:48.18 in the 1600.
From the Coaches: "Jaedin was a scoring member of the 4A State Champion Oviedo HS boys cross country team. Being fairly new to the sport, he has a ton of room to grow in his time here and with already having championship experience he will be a strong addition to this young team."