Menlo College track and field and cross country coach Dan Noel hit the ground running, recruiting 14 athletes, 10 men and four women, to help christen his first year with the Oaks.
Noel completed his recruiting by announcing the signings of a pair of talented competitors in Elijah Noel and Toritsematse Ogedegbe.
Noel (North Point HS), a standout jumper and three-time Scholar-Athlete award recipient, comes to Menlo College from Waldorf, Md. where he was a seven-time Maryland Athletic Conference champion.
He placed fourth in the triple jump at the 2014 Maryland state championships, and then fifth in both the triple and long jumps in 2015.
In 2014, Noel qualified for the Junior Olympics and was the AAU district champion for long jump and triple jump.
Ogedegbe is another out of state competitor, coming to Atherton after four successful seasons as a sprinter at Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga.
He was named to the 2015 All-County and All-Metro Teams and was a member of the winning 4x100m relay team and the 4x400m runner-up team at the 2015 Georgia 6A state championships.
Ogedegbe also competed at the Junior Olympics, running on a 4x100m team in 2015.
"Elijah and Toritsematse are exceptional athletes, but more importantly they are young men of exceptional character. I am proud to welcome them to the Menlo family, and excited to have them as part of our inaugural class," said Coach Noel.
Noel and Ogedegbe join fellow out-of-state Oaks Porter Hansen (Nev.) and Vince Tran (Wash.) on the 2015-16 recruiting class.
Men's Track and Field
Amaryon Bates, Hurdles/Sprints
Brandon Bell, Sprints
Scott Blomquist, Jumps/Sprints
Porter Hansen, Sprints
Ty Lauderdale, Throws
Ibrahima Mobley, Hurdles/Sprints
Elijah Noel, Jumps/Sprints
Toritsematse Ogedegbe, Sprints
Richard Runkle Eden, Distance
Hector Salas-Salem, Throws
Vince Tran, Sprints
Women's Track and Field
Estrella Bautista, Distance
Antarpreet Dhariwal, Distance
Regina Hernandez, Distance
Megan Thompson, Distance