Cross country adds 14 student-athletes to Class of 2022

MANCHESTER, N.H. – Head Coach Brian Stankiewicz '17 of the Saint Anselm College men's and women's cross country programs has announced the addition of 14 student-athletes to the roster in advance of the 2018 seasons.

The men's team returned to the NCAA Division II East Region Cross Country Championship in 2017 after a year's hiatus and did not lose any seniors to graduation this past season. The women's program graduates team captain Shannon Conley '18, a four-time all-region selection, Jackie Brennan '18, team captain Kelsie Nern '18 and Sarah Panteleos '18. The women's team will welcome 12 newcomers to the fold in 2018.

At the Northeast-10 Conference Championship on Oct. 22, the men's team posted a 12th-place finish while the women's squad finished ninth – the finishes were the highest for each team since the 2010 season. Stankiewicz has high expectations for his incoming class of recruits.

"Our goal for this season is to not just maintain our place in the Northeast-10, but to improve on it," Stankiewicz said. "With this group that we brought in, we not only added some much-needed depth to our team, but also added some runners who will make an impact from day one. This group is going to do some great things." 

Cole Corcoran – Braintree, Mass. (Braintree)

Corcoran competed for Braintree High School in Braintree, Mass. in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track each of his four years. During his senior campaign, he logged a personal-best time of 16:32 in the 5K and holds the school records in the one mile and 5K.

As a senior, he became the top runner for Braintree and logged a top-10 finish at the Vineyard Invitational, a 36th-place finish at the Bay State Invitational and a 68th-place finish at the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) EMASS D2 Championships.

"Cole had a strong progression throughout his high school career, improving each season," Stankiewicz said. "He knows how to work hard and will be key in helping our program build consistent success."

Patrick Hodgson – Falmouth, Mass. (Falmouth)

Hodgson ran for both Falmouth High School's cross country and outdoor track teams while also playing basketball. He placed 65th at the Bay State Invitational, 15th at the Atlantic Coast League Championships and 112th at the MIAA EMASS D4 Championships. He registered a personal best of 18:08 during his senior campaign, making tremendous improvements as the season went on.

"Patrick loves to compete and work hard," said Stankiewicz. "His improvement during his senior year proves that he has what it takes to compete in the NE10. I believe he has only scratched the surface of what he is capable of doing."

Catie Callinan – Litchfield, N.H. (Campbell)

Callinan will graduate from Campbell High School in Litchfield, N.H. as the only senior on her young cross country team. She placed 14th as an individual at the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association (NHIAA) Division III State Championship, helping the Cougars secure a state championship.

She added a 20th-place finish at the Manchester Invitational and a 66th-place finish at the New Hampshire Meet of Champions where she produced a 5K personal-best time of 19:59. This past April, Catie also participated in the Boston Marathon as the youngest female registered runner in history as she turned 18 on Marathon Monday. She ran a time of 3:49:14.

"Catie's ability to 'PR' in the 5K, run a marathon in terrible conditions, and then come back and PR in the two-mile at the state track meet a month later speak volumes about her toughness and determination," said Stankiewicz. "She will be an important piece in maintaining our success despite the departure of our great senior class."

Holly O'Leary – Tewksbury, Mass. (Tewksbury)

O'Leary ran cross country and track all four years at Tewksbury High School, serving as a team captain as a senior. Earning All-Conference merits in her final three seasons of competition, she placed 11th at the MIAA EMASS D3 Championships and 33rd at the Twilight Invitational. 

Her strong finish at the MIAA D3 Championships helped her team to a first place finish. O'Leary's lifetime best 5K time stands at 19:12. She also claimed the Merrimack Valley Conference championship in the two mile.

"I believe Holly is going to make an impact right away for our team," said Stankiewicz. "She ran some great times at meets that did not have great conditions. She will be a perfect fit for the NE10 and will help elevate our program."

Samantha Matthews – Groveland, Mass. (Pentucket Regional)

A native of Groveland, Mass., Matthews ran only two years of cross country but her strong performances helped the Sachems place 10th at the MIAA EMass D5 Championships. She posted a personal-best time of 20:54 at the state championships and went on to post a 22nd place finish at the Cape Ann League Championships.

"Sammy has only run cross country for two years and I think she has a lot of untapped potential," remarked Stankiewicz. "She is starting to see how good she can be with her personal record in the two mile of 12:17. She has been getting faster every week and I am excited to see what she will bring to the team in the fall."

Dominique Engle – Rutland, Mass. (Wachusett Regional)

Engle attended Wachusett Regional High School and competed for the cross country and track teams across all four years. With steady improvements each year, she had a breakout senior season which included a 21st place finish at the MIAA Central D1 Championships.

She also picked up a 23rd place finish at the Bay State Invitational and, as a senior, ran a 20:25 5K race during her senior year to beat her previous personal record by 12 seconds.

"I think Dominique is going to have a great career for Saint Anselm," said Stankiewicz. "The goal of every runner is to get faster each season and get faster each week in that season. That is exactly what Dominique has done during her high school career. Her positive attitude and determination will continue that progress in college."

Ana Morrison – Sharon, Mass. (Sharon)

Morrison is from Sharon, Massachusetts and attended Sharon High School. She ran cross-country in the fall, indoor track in the winter, and played rugby in the spring. Between her freshman and sophomore years, she was able to bring her 5K time down from 24:10 to 20:01. 

During her senior year, she served as her team's captain and was awarded her team's Most Valuable Runner award this past fall.

"I am excited for Ana to join our team," remarked Stankiewicz. "Ana is tough, both physically and mentally, and does not back down from a challenge. She genuinely loves the sport and will do great things during her career here."

Grace Mazza – Quincy, Mass. (Fontbonne Academy)

Mazza ran for 12 seasons at Fontbonne Academy and is following in her family's footsteps. Her parents graduated from Saint Anselm in 1986, and her sisters, Bridget and Emily, graduated from the Hilltop in 2014 and 2017, respectively. Grace was a two-time team captain and was named to the Catholic Conference All Scholastic Team for the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

Cutting down her time by over a minute each year, she was able to PR in the 5K during her senior season with a time of 22:31.

"I think Grace will be able to continue her improvements while she is here," said Stankiewicz. "She provides some much needed depth to our team and I think will get stronger as the season moves on."

Ava Nardelli – Brockton, Mass. (Cardinal Spellman)

Like Mazza, Nardelli also ran for all 12 seasons for Cardinal Spellman High School. The elementary education major was captain of her cross country and track squads for her junior and senior seasons. A four-time Catholic Central League (CCL) All-Star, Ava ran her 5K PR of 20:54 during her junior campaign.

During her senior year she had a top-20 finish at the CCL Championship League meet and placed 65th at the MIAA EMASS D5 Championship.

"Ava has the potential to do great things for this team," said Stankiewicz. "In addition to providing some depth to the roster, I think she will also step up as a leader for this young team. She is committed to excellence and I am excited to see what she can do this season. 

Sarah Mullen – Seekonk, Mass (Bishop Feehan)

Mullen graduated from Bishop Feehan High School this past month. She was a four year member of the cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams and was captain of the cross country team during her final year. The 2016 Eastern Athletic Conference (EAC) All-Star showed improvements in her performance each year, capping off her career with a 20:27 5K at the MIAA EMASS D3 Championships, her best time ever. She will major in nursing. 

"Sarah will be a great addition to the team," said Stankiewicz. "She has a fantastic work ethic that will help herself and the team improve each and every week. This will help the team improve during the course of the season."

Ellen Duane – Braintree, Mass. (Braintree)

Duane comes to Saint Anselm from Braintree High School where she was a three-sport athlete in high school, playing volleyball in the fall and running track in the winter and spring. Although Ellen has never run cross country before, she is not unfamiliar with Saint Anselm cross country or distance running.

She focused on the 1600-meter and 3200-meter runs, coming up with personal-best times of 5:30 and 11:47, respectively. Her sister, Sara, ran for Saint Anselm for two seasons and graduated in 2013. Her other sister, Katie, graduated from Saint Anselm in 2017. Ellen will major in nursing and minor in Spanish.

"Although Ellen never ran cross country in high school, her track times suggest she will be very successful at the 5K and 6K," said Stankiewicz. "We are excited to see Ellen's transition from track events to cross country and watching her improve each week will be fun to watch."

Ailish Husband – Plymouth, Mass. (Plymouth North)

Husband was a member of the cross country team for three years and track team for four years at Plymouth North High School. Ailish was a member of the all-state cross country teams during her sophomore and junior years, running a PR of 20:08 in the 5K during her sophomore campaign. 

Ailish will major in communication, while minor in journalism and psychology. 

"I believe that Ailish can get back to her best times from her sophomore year," projected Stankiewicz. "If we are able to get to that point, she should be able to make a positive contribution to the team. She is driven and motivated and I believe this is possible."

Leanne Guimond – Barnstable, Mass. (Barnstable)

Guimond attended Barnstable High School on Cape Cod and began running cross country during her sophomore year and track during her junior year. She was an Old Colony League (OCL) All-Star for both sports during her tenure. 

Improving each season in the 5K, she ran her 5K PR of 20:06 at the Martha's Vineyard Invitational while also obtaining a top-15 finish. At various other races, she was able to cut down her times by over a minute.

"With Leanne only running year-round for two years, she has a lot of opportunity to grow and improve with us," said Stankiewicz. "She should continue her yearly improvements and will hopefully be part of a nice pack we will soon be forming."

Lia Guerette – Ellington, Conn. (Ellington)

A four-year runner at Ellington High School, Guerette helped lead her team to a second place finish at the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) State Meet. The three-time All-Conference recipient ran her 5K PR of 20:09 during her senior year.

During track season, she ran in the 4x800 where her and her teammates were just two seconds shy of breaking the school record of 9:54. She also has 1600-meter and 3200-meter PRs of 5:32 and 11:52.

"I think Lia will be a great addition for our squad," said Stankiewicz. "She improved every year during her time in high school, which is a great sign. I believe that Lia will be able to help our team almost immediately."