BOCA RATON, Fla. – Lynn University's second-year cross country and track coach Chris Wood has added three more runners to the roster, bringing the total to seven incomers for the 2017-18 season. Emily Christensen, Lauren Leckenby and Emily Glass will join eight returners from last year's cross country squad.
"We are excited to welcome these three runners to the cross country and track program. They each bring different strengths and will have different roles for their next four years at Lynn University," said Wood.
Peabody, Mass. / Peabody Memorial High School
In her senior year, Christensen finished third in the indoor mile at the Northeast Conference Championships (NCC), while she took home second place in the one-mile indoor event, with a personal-record time of 5:25.88 as a junior. In the outdoor mile at the Andover Boosters Meet, she ran a personal-best 5:22.86, good for second place. Her best 800m time came in her sophomore year at the NCC's where she finished in eighth place with a time of 2:29.99.
From the Coach: "Emily will have a more traditional dual-season role and will contribute immediately to cross country in the fall. We are also looking forward to growing her abilities in the mid-distances."
Pittsburgh, Pa. / Upper Saint Claire High School
At this year's Cal Track Carnival, Leckenby took home a first place finish in the 400m outdoor contest, running a 1:06.11. Also in her senior year, she set her personal-best 200m outdoor mark at the South Fayette Invitational, clocking a 27.42. Back in her junior season, she ran a personal-best 28.76 in the 200m indoor competition at the TSTCA Indoor Meet #2.
From the Coach: "Lauren has a very diverse background coming out of high school. I think she's capable of being a high-level heptathlete, but she will be moving up to the 400/800m here at Lynn as well as getting some experience with cross country in the fall."
Orillia, Ontario, Canada / Patrick Forgarty High School
Glass completes the spring recruiting class after running at Patrick Fogarty High School. She set a personal-record time of 50.08 in the 300 meter hurdles at the GDSSAA meet.
From the Coach: "Much like Lauren, Emily has experience in a multitude of events. She will contribute to cross country as a freshmen and will help the young group of steeplechasers with depth in the spring."
Final Thoughts: "This group of spring signees has a lot of range as they will be able to run any event from the 400m to 5K with a good amount of success while bringing significant depth to our program," said Wood.