SEATTLE – Head Coach Kelly Sullivan has announced his first full recruiting class at the helm of the Seattle U Track & Field and Cross Country programs. The class consists of 27 total student-athletes, includes 13 men and 14 women.
"I want to especially thank our coaching staff, including Chad Pharis, Tyler King and Mat Strum for all of their hard work from day one this fall with recruiting" said Sullivan. "We got a late start on the process for this year, and without their help and that of our team when hosting prospects, none of this could have been accomplished.
The great thing about all of this is, we have a great group of returnees coming back and with the addition of these incoming freshman and transfers, we really have a lot to be excited about," Sullivan continued. "Our goal was to find the very best student and athlete we could find and we did that and more. We have recruits coming in for all the event areas; sprints, hurdles, jumps, throws, middle distance, distance and relays. These young people will be bringing a lot to Seattle University and in the end it is a win-win for everyone. A number of them still have their state track and field meets coming up in the next week to add more accomplishments to their already outstanding resumes."
Javon is a local product from Franklin High School, right here in Seattle. Javon, a distance runner will join the Redhawks with personal bests of 4:26 in the 1600m, and 9:33 in the 3200m. Javon plans to major in Political Science, with hopes to start a non-profit someday. Javon played competitive basketball through his sophomore year until deciding to focus on track.
Marie joins us from J Serra Catholic High School out of San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Marie specializes in the distance events, and boasts a PR of 5:15 for 1600m. She was her teams number one runner all fall, and ran to a third place finish at the Trinity League Finals. She intends to study English at Seattle U.
Noah joins SU from Hamilton High School in Chandler, Ariz. Noah is a middle distance runner with an 800m PR of 1:57.71 He also helped lead his team to a state berth in cross country. He was part of a Arizona State Championship 4x800 relay. Noah intends to study education, planning to become a high school teacher and coach.
Stephen joins the Redhawks from C.K. McClatchy High School in Sacramento. Stephen is a distance runner that has mostly run cross country in high school while swimming during the spring. He has a 3200m personal best of 9:38, and is a state qualifier in both cross country and swimming. Stephen intends on majoring in Computer Science.
Rowan joins us from Oaks Christian High School in Westlake Village, Calif. She is a high jump specialist with a PR of 5’3, and has experience in the horizontal jumps as well as having run the 800m. Rowan will fit in well in Seattle, as she loves music, and drawing. She is currently learning to play the bass guitar.
Chloe is coming off a great senior season with PRs in both the 200m and the 400m at Saint Francis Central Coast High School where she holds the school records in the 100m, 200m, and the 400m. Chloe plans to study Sport and Exercise Science here at Seattle U with a plan to pursue a Master’s in Occupational Therapy.
Alex Franklin joins SU from Ashland High School, in Ashland, Ore. Alex is a three-time state qualifier in cross country that helped his team to a second place finish at the Oregon State Championships. He has personal bests of 1:57.07 in the 800m, and 3:57 in the 1500m. Alex was the third place finisher in the Oregon State Track and Field Championships in the 800m as a junior and he placed third at the Oregon HS State Championships in the 1500m his senior year. Alex is admitted to the Albers’ School of Business. Alex’s father, Jeff, was a member of the first cross country team that Coach Sullivan led to the NJCAA National Championships, where they finished second and fourth in 1982 and 1984, respectively.
Epheson comes to SU from Franklin High School right down the street here in Seattle. Epheson is a three-time state cross country qualifier, with a 13th place finish his senior year. Epheson has a personal best of 15:46 in the 5k. Epheson, who speaks three languages fluently, plans to major in Computer Science.
Nicole joins the Redhawks after a year at UC Davis. She attended Cathedral Catholic High School, and was born and raised in La Jolla, Calif. She competes in both the long and short hurdles, as well as triple jump. Nicole has personal bests of 15.03 in the 100H, 45.01 in the 300m hurdles, and 37’3.75 in the triple jump. Her bucket list includes climbing Mt. Everest and going cage diving with great white sharks.
Zach is a short sprinter who hails from Rio Americano HS in Sacramento. He has run 11.52 in the 100m and 23.05 in the 200m dash. He closed out his senior prep season with five consecutive PRs in the 200m. Zach intends to major in Mathematics while at SU. He grew up playing basketball and played three years of high school ball before focusing on track for his senior year.
Regie joins the Redhawks from Capital High School in Olympia, Wash. Regie joins the sprints corps with a 400m best of 58.26 and has started running the 300m hurdles her senior track season, with a personal best of 45.97. She has competing in track and field since she was 10 years old.
Sylvia will join Seattle U from King’s High School just to the North of Seattle. She is a shot put specialist and but is eager to learn the two throwing events not offered in high school – weight and hammer throw. She is coming off a season in which she won the Cascade Conference Championship in the shot put. While on mission trips, Sylvia has had the opportunity to visit many different corners of the world, including Mexico, Israel, and Kenya. Sylvia plans to study Humanities and Leadership while at Seattle U.
Alex joins us from Woodinville High School, just up the road in Woodinville, Wash. Alex is a sprinter/hurdler, with a personal best of 45.5 in the 300H. She is a two-time State qualifier in the 300m Hurdles as well as the 4x400m Relay and is excited to transition to the 400m Hurdles as well as be a contributor to the relay teams here at Seattle U. Alex intends to major in International Studies.
Stewart comes to Seattle U from Homewood Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Ill. Stewart specializes in the middle distances with an 800m PR of 1:57.09. Stewart is a 2-time Illinois State Championships qualifier. Stewart plans to major in English and Visual Art; his favorite artists include Matisse, Basquiat, and Turner.
Lucas, from Punahou High School in Hawaii, is an intermediate hurdler and sprinter. He was the Hawaii state runner up in the 300m hurdles this year, where he ran a PR of 38.98. Lucas, who speaks Hawaiian, is interested in studying Environmental Studies during his time here at Seattle U.
Fiona joins the Redhawks from Long Beach Poly High School in Long Beach, Calif. Fiona is a distance runner with personals best of 5:13 for the 1600m. She is a two-time CIF State Cross Country qualifier, with a best finish of 21st. Shawn White recently high fived Fiona.
Isaiah Payne joins the Redhawks from Seabury Hall Hish School, in Makawao, Hawaii. Isaiah specializes in the sprints with PR’s of 10.81 and 21.82 in the 100m and 200m, with a 400m best of 50.45. He is a two-time Maui Interscholastic League champion. Isaiah plans to major in Business Economics.
Ansel joins the Redhawks from Norman High School, out of Norman, Okla. Ansel is a distance runner who had a pair of second place performances at the Oklahoma State Track and Field Championships in the 1600m and 3200m this spring. He also has a sixth place Cross Country State finish on his resume. He currently has PR’s of 1:56 for 800m, and 4:17 for 1600m. He intends to study Philosophy and Pre-Law.
Adahra, out of Wilson High School in Portland, Oregon, is a distance runner with a “small” bubble tea addiction. Adahra plans to major in Sports and Exercise Science while here at Seattle U. While at Wilson, Adahra had several top-10 finishes in cross country and helped her team to a top-five finish at the State Cross Country Championships.
Ellie Postma joins the Redhawks from Camas High School in Camas, Wash. Ellie has competed in the middle distances and cross country for Camas, where she was a part of two state champion team titles, and two team runner up finishes. Ellie boasts PR’s of 59.44 for 400m, 2:16 for 800m, 4:48 for 1500m and 5:13.75 for 1600m. She is intending to major in Nursing, and enjoys visiting her grandparents who live in Amsterdam.
Abby joins us from Lewis and Clark High School in Spokane, Wash. Abby is a distance runner with personal bests of 5:19 for 1600m, and 10:32 for 3000m. She boasts a third and 14th place finish at the Washington State Cross Country Championships, and helped her high school team to a first place finish this past fall. She intends to major in Graphic Design, and enjoys visiting a new national park each summer.
Tallia has a passion for the throwing events that is hard to match. Joining Seattle U in the fall out of Columbia Falls High School in Montana. Tallia has 5 first place finishes on the year so far and has thrown personal Best in all three throwing events – shot put, discus and javelin. She comes to the Redhawks with PR’s of 38’1 in the shot put, and 115’1 in the Javelin. With limited opportunity to get outside, she spent her winter in the gym preparing for her breakout senior year.
William joins the Redhawks from Camas HS in Camas, Wash. William runs the sprints and hurdles, boasting a PR of 39.86 in the 300m Hurdles and 57.39 in the 400m Hurdles. William is a double state qualifier, competing in both the high and intermediate hurdles.
Jami is an all-around thrower from Nooksack Valley High School in Everson, Wash. Jami was a softball player the majority of her youth, and very recently picked up the throws. Jami has quickly learned the events, earning a second-place finish in the discus at the Bi District Finals to earn a trip to the State Meet.
Santiago joins the Redhawks from Juanita High School just across the lake in Kirkland, Wash. Santiago runs the hurdles and competes in the high jump. Santiago’s current personal records are 41.28 in the 300m hurdles, and six feet in the high jump. Santiago, who is fluent in Spanish, is planning to study Business Administration.
Nicole joins us from Nooksack Valley High School in Everson, Wash. Nicole is a javelin specialist with a personal best of 132-7, and also has some great experience in the other throwing events. She is a native of Dutch Harbor, Alaska - Port for Deadliest Catch TV Show, which she visits each summer.
Brant joins the Redhawks sprint crew from Hawaii Baptist Academy out of Honolulu, Haw. Brant has specialized in the short sprints, with a 100m PR of 11.25, and 22.75 in the 200m. He holds three school records including the 100m, 200m and as part of the 4x100m relay.